Cryptologic Events, Reunions, & Johnny Cash
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Sept 2013: Issue #24

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This week in Cryptologic History:  30 Sept 1924: Edward Hebern received a patent for an electric coding machine, the first U.S. cipher machine to use a rotor. Find more cryptologic dates in history on the CCH Calendar in Cryptologic Bytes on our Web site.



16 October 2013

The theme for this year's General Members' Meeting is "Safeguarding Intelligence," and the agenda features a variety of exceptional speakers including the afternoon's keynote speaker, Mr. Michael Chertoff, founder of the Chertoff Group and former Secretary, Homeland Security. Please note there have been changes to the agenda. Review the revised agenda by clicking the Read More link below.

The event starts at 0815 and includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments at the break. Location is Kossiakoff Center, JHU/APL, 11100 John Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723. The fee is $20 for Members and $50 for Non-Members, which includes a one year NCMF membership. REGISTER ONLINE or click the link below for event details, including mail-in registration.


17-18 October 2013

The biennial, international CCH Symposium will take place on 17-18 October. The theme for the 2013 Symposium is "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges." 

There will be 20 separate sessions and over 70 presentations - to include:

  • a special tribute to Alan Turing
  • a roundtable on cyber history
  • a look at Bletchley Park
  • COMINT during major conflicts
  • a musical performance by The Parkway Chorale featuring selections from Paul Nahay's "Cyberspace."
  • Speakers such as David Kahn, John Ferris, Whitfield Diffie, & George Cotter.

Cost is $35 per day for students and $65 per day for all others. ONLINE REGISTRATION is available. Click the link below for event details, including mail-in registration.

Before recording star Johnny Cash became known as the "Man in Black," he was actually a Man in Blue - USAF blue - assigned as a Morse code intercept operator on Russian Army transmissions in Landsberg, Germany during the early 1950's.

Cash was skilled in both signal codes and music, but had been unable to afford a musical instrument. He bought his first guitar at the Base Exchange while stationed in Germany using his military pay and formed his first band, the "Landsberg Barbarians," comprised of his fellow airmen. They entertained GIs and local Germans. 

Cash was honorably discharged in July 1954 as a staff sergeant and once at home as a civilian, he used his G.I. Bill benefits to attend a radio-announcing course in Memphis. He later toured Vietnam for the U.S. State Department to perform for the troops and also helped a young Captain Kris Kristofferson to launch his music career. 

Johnny Cash Cryptologic Alumnus1951 Graduating Class of Morse Intercept Operators at Keesler AFB. Johnny Cash is in Top Row - far right.
Intelligence Investigations by Ralph Bennett

Even after the Enigma was first broken in 1940, the belief still persisted that if you wanted to know the enemy's plans,you needed an agent. By mid-1942, military intelligence proved itself indispensable through critical information gathered from intercepted radio messages in the supposedly unbreakable German Enigma cipher

In this collection of reprinted essays, Ralph Bennett, who worked for four years at Bletchley Park as a senior producer of the intelligence (Ultra') derived from the Enigma decrypts, illustrates some of the steps by which he and others developed the new type of information. The various selections offer a candid glimpse of the inner workings of British intelligence both past and present.

Read more about Bennett and his work at Bletchley Park in this Telegraph article.  


  • 19th Annual A5 Reunion:  2 October - Don't miss the annual get-together at Blob's Park from 1-5 p.m.. There will be lots of photographs & A5 plaques will be on display 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.
  • Annual R&D Alumni Reunion: 11 October - The annual reunion will be held at Walden Golf Club in Crofton, MD from 1-4 p.m. More Details.
  • KRYPTOS Society Annual Luncheon: 17 October - To be held at Snyder's Willw Grove in Linthicum, MD, starting at 11 a.m. More Details.
  • Joint CIA/Smith College Conference: 30 October - "From Typist To Trailblazer: The Evolving View of Women in CIA's Workforce," is a CIA Historical Documents "Release Event" Conference, co-hosted with Smith College in Massachusetts. More Details.
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