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Sept 2013: Issue #23

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This week in Cryptologic History:  11 Sept 1940: Army and Navy signed an agreement on joint exploitation of the Japanese Purple machine. 11 Sept 2001: al-Qaida attacks on World Trade Center, Pentagon, & involving Flight 93 that crashed in PA. Find more cryptologic dates in history on the CCH Calendar in Cryptologic Bytes on our Web site.



NCMF General Members' Meeting
16 October 2013
"Safeguarding Intelligence"

The theme for this year's General Members' Meeting is "Safeguarding Intelligence," and the agenda is packed with a variety of exceptional speakers and informative presentations.

Opening remarks and updates will be given by NCMF President Mr. Richard Schaeffer, NSA Deputy Director Mr. Chris Inglis, and NCM Curator Mr. Patrick Weadon. The morning program will include guest speakers Ms. Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary, Homeland Security, and Mr. David G. Major, Founder and President, Counterintelligence Centre for Security Studies.

The afternoon's keynote address will be given by Mr. Michael Chertoff, founder of the Chertoff Group and former Secretary, Homeland Security. 

The meeting will also include an update regarding the new museum project from MG Rod Isler and Brig Gen Neal Robinson. Closing remarks will be given by Brig Gen Billy Brigham

The event includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments at the morning break. Registration and breakfast will begin at 0815 and the meeting should conclude shortly after 1500. Location for the meeting is Kossiakoff Center, JHU/APL, 11100 John Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723. The fee to attend is $20 for Members and $50 for Non-Members, which includes a one year NCMF membership. You can REGISTER ONLINE or follow the link below for more details about the event, including mail-in registration.

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It's once again time for the biennial international CCH Symposium, to be held on 17-18 October. The theme for the 2013 Symposium is "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges." The conference will include, among its many sessions:
  • A Tribute to Alan Turing
  • A Roundtable on Cyber History
  • A Look at Bletchley Park
  • COMINT during Major Conflicts (Civil War, WWI, WWII, and Vietnam)
  • First-Person Accounts of Cryptologic Research and Development Achievements
In all, there will be 20 separate sessions and over 70 presentations. Speakers will include scholars such as David Kahn and John Ferris, as well as cryptologic pioneers such as Whitfield Diffie and George Cotter. All sessions are unclassified. 

The location for the 2013 Symposium is the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Conference Center (near Laurel and Columbia, MD). Cost is $35 per day for students and $65 per day for all others. ONLINE REGISTRATION is available. Follow the link below for more details about the event, including mail-in registration.

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Location for the 2013 CCH Symposium
Volunteers perform at NCM
Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher on vocals and Staff Sgt. Glenn Robertson on drums. The entire band really livened up the museum grounds on a beautiful September Saturday!
The NCM celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a celebration on Sat. 7 September that featured a special outdoor concert performance by favorite musical group, The Volunteers. Following the concert, museum visitors enjoyed a presentation inside the museum of the film, National Treasure.

To see more photos, visit the NCM's Facebook Page.



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In the article "Never So Few:" Charles Bronson and the Navajo Code Talkers, Charles Kader from Indian Country Today Media Network writes about the apparent use of Navajo code language in the 1959 movie, Never so Few, featuring Charles Bronson, prior to the declassification of the code.

Photography in the article is by Stephanie A. Allen, whose relative, Sgt. Johnny R. Manuelito, Sr. was one of the "Original 29" Navajo Code Talkers. 

Click HERE to read the full article.

Enigma at ISU 3Retired NSA historian Timothy Mucklow recently gave presentations at Idaho State University regarding a working German Enigma machine recovered from a U-Boat during WWII.

The machine is on loan from the NCM and the presentations were co-sponsored by the NCM and Idaho State University's Informatics Research Institute (IRI).

Mucklow was also scheduled to work with the Idaho Museum of Natural History and the IRI to create 3D images of the Enigma device.

Read the full article by Greg Eichelberger for the Idaho State Journal HERE




  • 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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