Letter from NCMF President, Navajo Code Talkers Day, & More
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August 2013: Issue #22

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****** SAVE THE DATES!!!  Please save the dates of 16 October 2013 for the NCMF General Members' Meeting & 17-18 October 2013 for the CCH Symposium. More details to come.
This week in Cryptologic History:  14 Aug 1982: President Ronald Reagan declared the day to be National Navajo Code Talkers Day. See more about the Navajo Code Talkers below. Find more cryptologic dates in history on the CCH Calendar in Cryptologic Bytes on our Web site.
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Friends and Colleagues,

Challenges to our Agency’s integrity hurt me deeply. I’m sure most of you feel the same way. None of us spent a career defending the privacy and integrity of our fellow citizens only to have that commitment challenged by many who have no idea where fact fades into fiction, or at worst don’t even care. Whichever side of the discussion you fall on, it’s most important that we know the facts so that we’re able to talk knowledgeably with family, friends, and neighbors when the topic comes up in discussions. In conjunction with the President's announcement on August 9th, NSA released this paper describing NSA's Missions, Authorities, Oversight and Partnerships. In my view, it is well written, concise and very helpful background for understanding the issues at play.

The paper will also be posted to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation website and I encourage you to send others to the site for a copy of the paper and information about the rich history and tremendous contributions our Agency has made to the Nation. In the coming week, NSA will also be adding transcripts and other information to the nsa.gov website and pointers to an Intelligence Community site where specific disclosures can be located.

Richard C. Schaeffer, Jr.
President, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation

"They were a small band of warriors who created an unbreakable code from the ancient language of their people and changed the course of modern history. Known as Navajo Code Talkers, they were young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of WWII. 

At a time when America's best cryptographers were falling short, these modest sheepherders and farmers were able to fashion the most ingenious and successful code in military history. They drew upon their proud warrior tradition to brave the dense jungles of Guadalcanal and the exposed beachheads of Iwo Jima. Serving with distinction in every major engagement of the Pacific theater from 1942-1945, their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war's end." ~ From the www.NavajoCodeTalkers.org Web site

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan named the 14th of August as National Navajo Code Talkers Day. The National Cryptologic Museum features an extensive exhibit regarding the Navajo Code Talkers. See a video about the exhibit on the NCMF site HERE. Or read about the exhibit via the NSA/NCM's page HERE

We join with everyone in remembering, celebrating, and thanking the Navajo Code Talkers. See a special video about the Code Talkers below and visit their Web site: www.NavajoCodeTalkers.org, as well as their Facebook page where they up to date coverage of special events taking place this week.
TG-5-B Telegraphy Set
TG-5-B Telegraphy Set

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Alex Hernandez, a long-time ham radio operator and skilled Morse technician, recently donated a TG-5-B telegraphy set to the Foundation. The TG-5-B is an iconic instrument, widely used by both the U.S. Army and Navy during WWII. Read more about this and other recent acquisitions via the Read More link below. Thank you, Alex!


Retired Marine Corps officer and Foundation member Charles Williamson recently donated a bound and translated manuscript of General Luigi Sacco's Manual of Cryptography, published in 1936. General Sacco is an important figure in the evolution of cryptography and his scholarly works written between the two World Wars are still crucial texts that have been translated into many languages. Read more about this and other recent acquisitions via the Read More link above. Thank you, Charles!  

If you have any items you think would be worthy of donating to the NCM, please contact the Foundation office by phone or e-mail. 
Videos of Interest

Interview General "Mac" Showers
RADM Donald "Mac" Showers passed away on 19 Oct 2012. In September 2010, he did a 4 part interview for www.lifebio.com covering his experiences in the Navy. In this link to Part 2, he describes his work in Naval Intelligence and how his career came about "by accident." He adds that he loved every minute of it! Click HERE or on the photo to view the video.
                RADM Donald "Mac" Showers
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This video, The Navajo Code Talkers ~ Our Heroes, was shown in the House of Representatives at the Arizona State Capital, during the Navajo Code Talker Monument Dedication on 28 Feb 2008. Click HERE or on the image to the left to see the video.



  • Intelligence and National Security Alliance: Cyber Trends Breakout Sessions ~ 12 September - Held in Washington, DC, this session will delve into the role of intelligence in providing a shared, holistic assessment that will ultimately enable decision makers at all levels to work with their cyber intelligence team and thwart malicious activity.More Details  
  • Security and Intelligence Conferece at the Citadel: 10-11 October - The Citadel will hold its first conference dedicated to Homeland Security and Intelligence, titled, "Securing Our Intelligence and Protecting Our Ports." Keynote speakers will include Letitia Long, Robert Cardillo, and Stu Shea. More Details.
  • NCMF 2013 General Members' Meeting ~ 16 October (More details coming soon.)
  • CCH Symposium ~ 17-18 October The theme for the upcoming CCH Symposium is "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges." Conference participants will delve into the technical, scientific, methodological, political, and industrial underpinnings of signals intelligence and information assurance as presented throughout a broad swath of history. (More details coming soon.)
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