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05/25/2020
CBS Sunday Morning

Have plans for 3pm on Memorial Day? How about just stepping outside? Memorial Day celebrations will definitely be different this year. But #TapsacrossAmerica is striving to give us all a way to pause and reflect, with a deep and solemn gratitude, on the true meaning of this important day. If you are a bugler or play the trumpet - check out how you can participate, right in your own community. And for the rest of us - step outside at 3pm, wherever you live, and listen for "Taps." Get more details via the CBS link below.

Since parades are canceled this Memorial Day weekend, retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva & correspondent @SteveHartmanCBS are asking buglers and trumpet players across the country to stand on their porches and play the haunting music of “Taps.” https://cbsn.ws/3eipkMn

Mark your calendar for more #CyberChats this coming week. Starting on Tues 5/26 at 12pm, Andrew Conway will discuss Adve...
05/24/2020

Mark your calendar for more #CyberChats this coming week. Starting on Tues 5/26 at 12pm, Andrew Conway will discuss Adversarial Thinking principles in #Cybersecurity. Stay tuned as more Chats are being added. Parents, students, teachers - sign up with Nepris to attend live or watch our site for links to the recordings: bit.ly/2WT4Vpm

Happy Anniversary to one of our favorite cryptologic power couples! #OTD 21 May 1917: William F. Friedman & Elizebeth Sm...
05/21/2020

Happy Anniversary to one of our favorite cryptologic power couples! #OTD 21 May 1917: William F. Friedman & Elizebeth Smith were married. Although neither planned on a career in codebreaking, there were few ciphers indecipherable for this couple: https://bit.ly/3dEXCZE

Today! Join us for the first virtual chat in our Cybersecurity Series, today at 2pm EST. Mr. Ron Gula of Gula Tech Adven...
05/18/2020

Today! Join us for the first virtual chat in our Cybersecurity Series, today at 2pm EST. Mr. Ron Gula of Gula Tech Adventures will chat with K-12 students about data security and its relevancy with regard to privacy, the cloud, phishing, social media, online voting, & more. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2WT4Vpm

#OTD 15 May 1942: President Roosevelt signs bill into law, creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the women's...
05/15/2020

#OTD 15 May 1942: President Roosevelt signs bill into law, creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the women's branch of the United States Army. It was converted to full status as the WAC on 1 July 1943 and disbanded in 1978: https://bit.ly/3fH74xB

It's almost time! Our Cybersecurity Series kicks off on Monday, 5/18. Check out the schedule of upcoming #Cybersecurity ...
05/14/2020

It's almost time! Our Cybersecurity Series kicks off on Monday, 5/18. Check out the schedule of upcoming #Cybersecurity Education Chats for K-12 students and please sign up to join us: http://bit.ly/2WT4Vpm #CyberChats

Wishing ALL Moms a very Happy Mother's Day! Here's to Moms for always striving to keep us safe & loved. Photo: Raptor Re...
05/10/2020

Wishing ALL Moms a very Happy Mother's Day! Here's to Moms for always striving to keep us safe & loved.
Photo: Raptor Resource Project - featured on Mother Nature Network

Today for the 75th Anniversary of #VEDay - GCHQ Historian Tony Comer tells the story of the final messages of a German c...
05/08/2020
The BROWN Story

Today for the 75th Anniversary of #VEDay - GCHQ Historian Tony Comer tells the story of the final messages of a German communications network at the very end of the war in Europe. Read about it and see photos: https://www.gchq.gov.uk/information/the-brown-network OR watch a video: https://twitter.com/i/status/1258661160892747776

To mark 75 years since VE Day, GCHQ Historian Tony Comer tells the story of the final messages of a German communications network at the very end of the war in Europe

Looking for a new way to "give back?" Help us to inspire K-12 students to explore careers in cybersecurity by sharing ab...
05/07/2020

Looking for a new way to "give back?" Help us to inspire K-12 students to explore careers in cybersecurity by sharing about your cyber career or expertise via a 30 minute online (live or recorded) chat. Interested? Sign up today: bit.ly/cybersecuritychats

On this #NationalNursesDay we express our deepest gratitude to nurses for their bravery, dedication, and compassion. The...
05/06/2020

On this #NationalNursesDay we express our deepest gratitude to nurses for their bravery, dedication, and compassion. They are heroes working on the front lines, especially during this extremely difficult crisis. Thank or perhaps salute a nurse today!

Get involved TODAY for #GivingTuesdayNow & help charities as they tackle the challenging, but needed work of helping our...
05/05/2020

Get involved TODAY for #GivingTuesdayNow & help charities as they tackle the challenging, but needed work of helping our communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Not sure who to help? Check out the USO-Metro and find more suggestions on our website: bit.ly/2y8zNdC

#OTD 4 May 1942: 29 Navajos reported to Fort Defiance, Arizona, the first of roughly 400 to be trained as #code talkers....
05/04/2020

#OTD 4 May 1942: 29 Navajos reported to Fort Defiance, Arizona, the first of roughly 400 to be trained as #code talkers. Their unbreakable communications system helped ensure the American defeat of the Japanese in the South Pacific: https://bit.ly/2WoV9LV

Help us at the CCEI to inspire K-12 students to explore careers in the world of cybersecurity. Share about your cyber ca...
05/01/2020

Help us at the CCEI to inspire K-12 students to explore careers in the world of cybersecurity. Share about your cyber career or your expertise via a 30 minute online (live or recorded) chat. Interested? Sign up today: bit.ly/cybersecuritychats

We've got some great suggestions for local & other charities to help on May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow - which is coming ...
04/30/2020

We've got some great suggestions for local & other charities to help on May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow - which is coming up fast. Instead of a spike in COVID-19 cases, let's see a huge spike in giving. Your contribution can make a big difference: https://bit.ly/2y8zNdC

#OTD 27 April 1964: DEFSMAC (Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center) was established. In 2002, “Astronautics” b...
04/27/2020

#OTD 27 April 1964: DEFSMAC (Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center) was established. In 2002, “Astronautics” became “Aerospace.” Until you can visit the NCM's DEFSMAC exhibit, learn about this joint NSA-DIA-NGA organization's mission and read special publications: https://bit.ly/2Xwr1Aw

#OTD 23 April 1869: Birthday of cryptologic machine designer Edward Hebern. Once the NCM reopens, you can see two rare H...
04/23/2020

#OTD 23 April 1869: Birthday of cryptologic machine designer Edward Hebern. Once the NCM reopens, you can see two rare Hebern machines there. In the meantime, check out some great Smithsonian photos of the rare encryption machines: https://bit.ly/2V8HCJf

#OTD 19 April 1862: Confederate Signal Corps was established. The Confederate Signal Corps accomplished tactical and str...
04/19/2020

#OTD 19 April 1862: Confederate Signal Corps was established. The Confederate Signal Corps accomplished tactical and strategic communications for the warring armies, including electromagnetic telegraphy and aerial telegraphy ("wig-wag" signaling). Although there was an implicit mission of battlefield observation, intelligence gathering, and artillery fire direction from their elevated signal stations, the Confederate Signal Corps also included an explicit espionage function. The Confederate Signal Corps included a covert intelligence agency known as the Secret Service Bureau, which managed spying operations along the so-called “Secret Line” from Washington to Richmond.: https://bit.ly/2V65m0D

#OTD 17 April 1942: Intercepts by Station HYPO (led by Capt. Joseph Rochefort) revealed Japanese plans to attack Port Mo...
04/17/2020

#OTD 17 April 1942: Intercepts by Station HYPO (led by Capt. Joseph Rochefort) revealed Japanese plans to attack Port Moresby, thus, allowing for Allied defense: https://bit.ly/2V8FZeB

Today, 4/16, from 3-4pm EST - take advantage of a GREAT online opportunity for students. Maryland State Senator Katie Fr...
04/16/2020

Today, 4/16, from 3-4pm EST - take advantage of a GREAT online opportunity for students. Maryland State Senator Katie Fry Hester is hosting a special online presentation focused on women in cryptology/cyber via Zoom. The presentation will include interactive discussion with best-selling "Code Girls" author Ms. Liza Mundy. PLUS, Major General Linda Singh and Ms. Laura Nelson, President & CEO of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, will talk about their careers in the cyber field. Learn more and make sure to register so you can join in. Check your inbox & spam folders after you register to obtain your confirmation email and link to attend. If you cannot attend, stay tuned to our website or social media for a recording. More: https://bit.ly/3cpIC1n #cybersecurity #womenincyber

#OTD 15 April 1969: Navy EC-121 "Deep Sea 129" was shot down by North Korean MiGs over the Sea of Japan during a routine...
04/15/2020

#OTD 15 April 1969: Navy EC-121 "Deep Sea 129" was shot down by North Korean MiGs over the Sea of Japan during a routine SIGINT collection mission. Thirty-one U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel were killed. On 15 April 2013, NIOC Misawa commemorated the 44th anniversary of this loss with a special ceremony. More: https://bit.ly/2yeM8fX

#OTD 13 April 1943: FRUPAC intercepted encoded itinerary of Admiral Yamamoto's upcoming tour of the Solomon Islands. OP-...
04/13/2020

#OTD 13 April 1943: FRUPAC intercepted encoded itinerary of Admiral Yamamoto's upcoming tour of the Solomon Islands. OP-20-G, FRUPAC, and FRUMEL exchanged information to help decrypt the messages. This work enabled the shootdown of Admiral Yamamoto five days later: bit.ly/3cfXwXY

#OTD 11 April 1930: Abraham Sinkov reported to work for William Friedman at SIS, becoming one of the original four - wit...
04/11/2020

#OTD 11 April 1930: Abraham Sinkov reported to work for William Friedman at SIS, becoming one of the original four - with William Friedman, Solomon Kullback, and Frank Rowlett. In addition to his successes with SIS and also with the Central Bureau, in 1954, Dr. Sinkov became the second NSA official to attend the National War College (the first was Dr. Louis Tordella). Upon his return, he became Deputy Director for Production, effectively swapping jobs with his old colleague Frank Rowlett. Dr. Sinkov retired from NSA in 1962. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2ULkxvJ

#OTD 8 April 1950: A US Navy PB4Y-2 Privateer (BuNo 59645) was shot down over Baltic Sea by Soviet La-11 fighters. Named...
04/08/2020

#OTD 8 April 1950: A US Navy PB4Y-2 Privateer (BuNo 59645) was shot down over Baltic Sea by Soviet La-11 fighters. Named the Turbulent Turtle, it was assigned to Patrol Squadron 26 (VP-26), Det A. Privateers were often used for SIGINT missions. More: https://bit.ly/2V544BI

#OTD 7 April 1945: The Yamato, a Japanese battleship, sunk off Okinawa, largely due to SIGINT tipoffs. The ship was sunk...
04/07/2020

#OTD 7 April 1945: The Yamato, a Japanese battleship, sunk off Okinawa, largely due to SIGINT tipoffs. The ship was sunk by American planes 200 miles north of Okinawa while en route to a suicide mission in Operation Ten-Go: https://bit.ly/39IZoqx

Get ready for #TheBletchleyParkChallenge starting tomorrow!
04/06/2020

Get ready for #TheBletchleyParkChallenge starting tomorrow!

Introducing #TheBletchleyParkChallenge ⚙️

Starting from tomorrow, we'll be sharing three educational challenges every week for you to complete at home!🏡

So whether you are home schooling or you fancy trying your hand at some Bletchley Park-themed brainteasers and activities, tune in on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9am for your briefing!

Tag a friend that would love to get involved ⬇️

See you tomorrow 🕵🏼‍♀️

#Scams are on the rise during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As is #hacking into virtual classrooms and meetings. Please visit t...
04/06/2020

#Scams are on the rise during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As is #hacking into virtual classrooms and meetings. Please visit the FBI site for tips on how to protect yourself & your family. And for info on how to report scams, fraud, hacking, and more: https://www.fbi.gov/coronavirus Note: report internet crime to the FBI at www.ic3.gov

#OTD 3 April 1907: Dr. Solomon Kullback - cryptologic pioneer, mathematician, & teacher was born. One of the first 3 emp...
04/03/2020

#OTD 3 April 1907: Dr. Solomon Kullback - cryptologic pioneer, mathematician, & teacher was born. One of the first 3 employees hired by William Friedman at the SIS, he had a distinguished career at SIS and then, as Chief Scientist at the NSA. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3dISe8J

#OTD 1 April 1930: Frank Rowlett reports to work for William Friedman. Rowlett & Friedman appear in this circa 1935 phot...
04/01/2020

#OTD 1 April 1930: Frank Rowlett reports to work for William Friedman. Rowlett & Friedman appear in this circa 1935 photo with other members of the U.S. Army's Signals Intelligence Service - the first SIS cryptanalysts. The initial four were William Friedman, Frank Rowlett, Abraham Sinkov, and Solomon Kullback. The original members of SIS were a unique quartet, men who ought to be national heroes. Their love was as much for the process as the result, the cryptanalysis as the intelligence derived from it, but what they did, the breakthroughs against the high-level code and cipher systems of our principal enemies, surely shortened the period of war by many months and resulted in the saving of thousands of American and British lives.: https://bit.ly/3aAE9bE

#ICYMI Back in March 2018, the NCM's Lou Leto and Jen Wilcox provided this excellent guest post "WWII Women Cracking the...
03/25/2020

#ICYMI Back in March 2018, the NCM's Lou Leto and Jen Wilcox provided this excellent guest post "WWII Women Cracking the Code" to the Smithsonian in honor of #WomensHistoryMonth : http://bit.ly/2ChTe2B

Today's #WomensHistoryMonth salute goes to the "Hello Girls." These professional female operators became the first Ameri...
03/24/2020

Today's #WomensHistoryMonth salute goes to the "Hello Girls." These professional female operators became the first American women to serve in an official capacity in any sort of combat role in the U.S. military. Learn more for #WomensHistoryMonth Find more about the Hello Girls on this page, to include relevant article links: bit.ly/2TAkhQp

Artist Rachel Ignotofsky does a superb job of celebrating women & not just for #WomensHistoryMonth  In her book "Women i...
03/21/2020

Artist Rachel Ignotofsky does a superb job of celebrating women & not just for #WomensHistoryMonth In her book "Women in Science" - you can find one of our favorite illustrations of Grace Hopper! "Women in Art" and "Women in Sports" are some of her other wonderful books: http://bit.ly/2HKPGdI

Staying in and staying safe? Our page honoring Female Pioneers in Cryptology (and related fields) features great book re...
03/18/2020

Staying in and staying safe? Our page honoring Female Pioneers in Cryptology (and related fields) features great book recommendations and articles too. If you have not read these books yet, #WomensHistoryMonth is a great time to check them out or recommend them to a friend: bit.ly/2TAkhQp

Today's #WomensHistoryMonth salute is to "America's first female cryptanalyst," Ms. Elizebeth Friedman!  Not only was sh...
03/15/2020

Today's #WomensHistoryMonth salute is to "America's first female cryptanalyst," Ms. Elizebeth Friedman! Not only was she a pioneer in U.S. cryptology, she was also a wife, mother, writer, Shakespeare enthusiast, & cryptanalyst. Plus she introduced her husband William to the world of cryptology. Learn more about her on our page honoring female pioneers in the field: http://bit.ly/2TAkhQp

Happy Pi Day to our fellow math lovers! We hope you enjoy this Pi Day humor from Doug Savage. How will you celebrate Pi ...
03/14/2020

Happy Pi Day to our fellow math lovers! We hope you enjoy this Pi Day humor from Doug Savage. How will you celebrate Pi Day this year? How about making an actual pie or a pizza pie or perhaps do some Pi Day related art with the kiddos. Share your Pi Day celebrations with us!

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I am a proud veteran of the USAF Security Service (COMINT) from 1968 to 1972. I served in Europe as well as Asia. I'm a member of the Freedom Through Vigilance Society. It's on my bucket list to make it to the museum to revisit how it was done 'back in the day'.
Where is your coverage of ASA?
Was a USAF cryptanalyst, 1970 - 1974. Japan, Germany, and Turkey.
Help, I visited around the end of Oct and picked up an awesome NSA hat dark blue with white bold letters. Unfortunately someone stole it out of my Jeep. Is there someway I can order another one or could someone in the area pick up and mail it to me? I àm in Miami. Former USÀF and NSOC guy.
Reminded again that crypto techs serve in various capacities. RIP Chief Kent and fellow patriots.
Today our community of Kayenta, AZ mourns the loss of a great man. Our heartfelt condolences to the family. World War II Navajo Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday – June 11, 2018
A VERY RARE ENIGMA CODEBOOK ON AUCTION (only 2 similar book know on the word) Lotto 269 GERMAN WEATHER REPORT CODEBOOK, FOR ENIGMA USE. Wetterkurzschlussel. [WKS. Weather short Signal Book]. Berlin: Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine, 1942. US$ 20,000 - 30,000 € 17,000 - 25,000 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24895/lot/269/… GERMAN WEATHER REPORT CODEBOOK, FOR ENIGMA USE. Wetterkurzschlussel. [WKS. Weather short Signal Book]. Berlin: Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine, 1942. 4to (300 x 215mm). 26 pp, comprising title page, 6 pp of basic instructions, and 19 pp of codes in numbers and letters, 2 pp blank leaves at end. Without the folding charts of the Atlantic normally slipped in at end, and the small booklet inside the front cover. Original red cloth, covers slightly warped by damp. 3rd edition [Naumburg], numbered 2084 on upper cover and title, marked secret. Provenance: Official German Naval issuing stamp (inside the front cover); Deutsches Hydrographisches Institut, Hamburg (6 stamps, two on the cover, first leaf and title, deaccessioned. WITH: 1937 Berlin edition of the Wetterschlussel, for sea use, numbered IIB [second edition], no 2236, published in January 1937, with the cover and title stamped "Krieigsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven." (2) German Enigma codebooks from World War II are some of the rarest printed wartime material, and of these codebooks the ones used on the U Boat fleet are the rarest of all, firstly because they were made of paper that dissolved in water, and secondly all commanders had strict instructions to destroy both the enigma machines (theM3 or M4), and their codebooks if they were about to be captured. Some 700 U Boats were sunk at sea during the war, and of the remaining 300 many were scuttled by the German Navy in 1945, without giving up their secret codes or enigma machines. Each German U Boat was equipped with two enigma machines, and two codebooks, the Kurzsignalbuch, the general signal cypher for receiving instructions and reporting back to base, and the Wetterkurzschlussel, the code used to report back to base the weather reports from various parts of the Atlantic. Both these Enigma Codebooks are of the utmost rarity, with no copies of this Wetterkurzschlussel [WKS] appearing at auction (and just 2 copies of the WKS 1942 listed at the US NARA and another in the Bundesarchiv, Freiburg, both lacking the maps and booklet), and only one copy of the general signal book appearing at auction (Bonhams June 2014 $146,000). The present copy was, for a short time after the war, in the old German Hydrographic Institute Library, and was probably left behind in one of the Kriegsmarine Command Centers on the German coast. The present owner acquired this example in Germany. It is probable that apart from the two listed in the Institutions above, only the Naval Divisions of the USA, France, Britain, and Holland hold a few copies of these codebooks. In 1945, Churchill declared that all the captured Enigma machines had been destroyed, but in fact they were kept by the Allies, and used as enciphering devices during the Cold War, having sold the Enigmas back to Russian and East German Operatives. The principal problem of communications during World War II from ship to land was the likelihood of a message being intercepted by Allied planes and other watching points. The Allies had evolved a High Frequency Direction Finding system (HFDF), which could track the position of the message source, so when the enigma machines were adopted by the German military, their use of short length signals reduced the possibility of the source being located by HFDF. Doenitz had introduced the four rotor Enigma M4 in late 1942 because he was sure the code had been compromised, and then he kept changing the codes and number of rotors to outflank the Allied code breaking efforts. With the Wetterkurzschlussel, a code to report the weather and swell conditions, only a 7 letter message was required, which being very short prevented the Allies from tracking the positions of the submarines. Submarines were expected to send regular weather reports throughout the day, so that a good picture of the meteorological situation could be built up, and central command could make decisions as to the positioning of Wolfpacks of U Boats to intercept convoys at various moments of bad weather or other situations. The capture of 1st and 2nd editions of this codebook in May and August 1941, and October 1942, played an important part in the Breaking of the Enigma Code by the codebreaking staff at Bletchley Park. In early may HMS Somali captured a German Weather Ship off Iceland and acquired both its Enigma machine and the WFS codebook. Later in May 1941, HMS Bulldog forced U110 to the surface and the crew hastily abandoned ship, following which, a party of British seamen entered the sub and retrieved all the charts, books and an enigma machine from the vessel, which unfortunately sunk the following day while being towed back to port. In August 1941, U570 was captured intact off Iceland, although it was declared that everything had been destroyed! In October 1942 HMS Petard captured codebooks from U559, hence the publishing of this new third edition. The earlier 1937 Wetterkurzschlussel, with the Wilhelmshaven stamp that is included with this lot, was probably in use at Wilhelmshaven Naval HQ, which would receive daily weather reports from static weather ships in the North Sea and Atlantic. This codebook is an instruction book for the decoding of weather reports from weather stations.
The NCMF is a wonderful organization, representing the history of what several Presidents have referred to as “The Crown Jewel” of the US intelligence community!
There is a 20 page illustrated article on the Army Security Agency Europe in Early Cold War Germany in the Winter 2018 issue of "Army History". It covers the period from 1945 to the mid 1950s and there is lots of historical details including the Berlin Blockade in 1948/49. ASAE was responsible for SIGINT in Europe immediately after WW2 and one of the forerunners of the NSA. There are some fascinating photos from the 1940s and 50s: field stations in Germany, ASAE personnel, and one of General Eisenhower with William Friedman. 'Army History' is published by the US Army Center of Military History, and available at: https://history.army.mil/armyhistory/AH106(W).pdf Might be worth getting some copies from the Govt Printing Office for the Museum Shop? The author, Dr Thomas Boghardt, works at the US Army Center of Military History, and is writing a book on the ASAE.