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The NCMF Web Link ~ An E-Newsletter
Issue No. 5, August 2011

CE 62603 Subscriber Set

Tool Challenge
We are still seeking information from our members, Web site visitors, and/or newsletter subscribers regarding how, when, and where this device was used by cryptographers, radio operators, or other NSA/DoD personnel.

Submit information about how a tool was used and a summary will be posted on the Tool Challenge page where you can find other "tools of the cryptographic trade."
Please submit unclassified, non-target specific comments to, with a subject line of: Cryptographic Tool Challenge - Attn: Dave D'Auria.

This Month in Cryptologic History

August 2 - (1943) ~ Australian Coastwatchers sent coded message noting sinking of John F. Kennedy's PT-109.

August 7 - (1944) ~ The first fully automatic computer, "The Harvard Mark 1," formerly began operations.

August 11 - (1942) ~ Hedy Markey, better known as actress Hedy Lamarr, received a patent for a secret communication system.

August 15 - (1945) ~ Japan announced its surrender.

Check out the CCH Calendar for more of August's important historical cryptologic events.


The NCMF Communications Committee is seeking volunteer(s) to develop a publicity plan that would support the NCMF Annual Membership Meeting and Membership Drive, as well as year-round activities.

One of the commitments made in the current strategic plan is to increase publicity of Foundation-related activities. We also plan to support the launch of a new corporate membership program and an annual membership drive. We need individuals to develop a program and carry out the campaigns. If you have this type of experience, we need your help!

You can find more details on the NCMF Serve (Volunteer) page. If interested or if you have questions, please contact our Communications Committee Chair, Dr. Sally Botsai, by e-mail at or by phone at 301-770-9549.

SENSEMAKING Launches the New NDIC Press Series about Intelligence

Sensemaking by David Moore is the inaugural book in a new National Defense Intelligence College Press series (The A. Denis Clift Series on the Intelligence Profession) presenting original research on intelligence analysis and the teaching of intelligence.

Read more about the book and how to obtain a free electronic copy on the NCMF Books & Things page.

Sign-Up & Archives

If you received this newsletter from a friend and would like to receive your own future issues, please go to the Newsletter Sign-Up page. There is also a link to this sign-up page in the right-hand side-bar of the NCMF Web site. The Sign-Up page also contains an archive of previous issues.


The upcoming edition of the NCMF hardcopy newsletter, The LINK, will focus on Steve Budiansky's paper on the problems of declassification of SIGINT by NSA. Mr. Budiansky presented this topic in a talk at the NCM in 2010 and has kindly permitted us to use the information he prepared for that lecture.

Selection Guidelines

The NCMF invites you to submit nominations for the Cryptologic Hall of Honor. The Hall of Honor pays tribute to Americans (military or civilian) who have given exceptionally distinguished service to the U.S. in cryptology and it's related fields. Details and specific criteria for submissions are on the NCMF News page.

Please note that although the most recent deadline was 25 May 2011, nominations can be submitted at any time for consideration during the next cycle.


Welcome to the August 2011 issue of the NCMF Web Link, an E-newsletter and your direct connection to news and items of interest on the NCMF Web site. We hope you will take note of our upcoming programs and join us whenever possible.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions for future issues. If you have comments, please send them via E-mail to


Major NCMF Effort in Promoting Education in Cryptology

In 2010, the NCMF created an annuity for the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) in honor of Mr. Milt Zaslow. The annuity will fund awards in the junior and senior division that are focused on cryptology. The awards are scheduled to be presented for the next 10 years.

On April 30th, the NCMF joined with the MHC in recognizing student winners of the Maryland history Day competition. Two of the winners of the NCMF Milt Zaslow Award created an exhibit titled: "Public Security vs. Personal Privacy: The debate over the key escrow program." A third winner of the award presented an exhibit titled, "Wiretapping."  For more, see the NCMF News page.

You can also see updated information about which state entries received honors at the National History Day competition on the MHC site.

Golf Tournament....
Great Success!

On Friday, June 17, 2011, the 10th Annual Tim Sheahan Memorial Golf Tournament (aka Crypto Cup), sponsored by Eagle Alliance went off without a hitch and resulted in a significant contribution of $35,000 for the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation.

Check out all the winners and more details about the tournament on the NCMF Previous Events page.


~ WWII TG-34-A Morse Keyer

The following 3 items were donated by Harry Letaw:
~ PRC 25 Radio
~ WWII Japanese Field Radio Battery Case
~ 1877 Manual of Signals

~ Marine Radio Battalion 50th Anniversary plaque & coin set

Learn more about these items in Recent Acquisitions.

~ Signed Navajo Code Talker Book
~ The Secret Sentry and other books

Learn more about these items on the Museum Library page.

Web Site Wins Awards

Have you ever visited the NSA CryptoKids Web site? The site was first launched in 2004 and was redesigned in 2009. Now complete with actual bells and whistles, the site boasts an array of information designed to introduce kids to the concept of codes in a fun, yet educational way, thus encouraging the next generation of intelligence professionals.

The site includes everything from brainteasers, to creating your own cypher, to cryptograms, foreign language instruction, and lots of online games that kids can enjoy on their own or with their parents and family members. The site also includes a link to the National Cryptologic Museum where kids can watch a virtual tour of the museum.

The American Library Association voted the site one of the "2010 Great Web Sites for Kids." Visit the CryptoKids and share it with friends.

October 5, 2011

Sign Up Now!

The agenda is up for the next NCMF general membership meeting. The meeting will include important updates and addresses, a panel discussion, and several noted speakers, including the keynote address by the Director of National Intelligence, Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper. There will be a video presentation in the auditorium during lunch. The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and a.m. refreshments.

We will also have a silent auction, vintage book sale, CWF shop sale, and there will be a variety of cryptographic items on display.

For more details and to download a registration form, visit the NCMF Coming Events page.

Cryptologic History Symposium
October 6-7, 2011
Agenda Available!

"Cryptology in War and Peace: Crisis Points in History," is the theme for upcoming Cryptologic History Symposium sponsored by NSA's Center for Cryptologic History. The symposium will be held in Laurel, MD at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center.

As always, this event offers unique opportunities to interact with leading historians and distinguished experts. Please consider joining us!

To view the agenda or download the registration form, please visit the NCMF Coming Events page.


In This Issue
  • Zaslow Award Recipients Named
  • Eagle Alliance Golf
  • October NCMF Member Meeting
  • CCH Symposium
  • Recent NCM Acquisitions
  • NSA CryptoKids Web Site
  • Hall of Honor Selection Guidelines
  • Volunteer(s) to Assist with Publicity



Vice President Emeritus

Mr. Bob Rich joined the Armed Forces Security Agency, predecessor of NSA, in 1950. During his forty-year career with NSA he served in a variety of line and staff positions, principally in signals intelligence production.

Bob served two tours at the Pentagon, one on the staff of the Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and one as the head of the NSA office. He served two tours overseas, one as the chief of the NSA office in Japan and one as Special U.S. Liaison Officer, London.

Bob became Deputy Director, NSA, in 1982 and served in that position until 1986. He received numerous awards, including the National Security Medal presented by President Ronald Reagan.

Bob served as Vice President of the NCMF BOD from 1996 (when the organization was established) until 2003.


The NCMF serves to support the National Cryptologic Museum's objectives of educating the public regarding cryptology's role in national security; commemorating those who have made significant contributions to the field, and stimulating visitors' interest, as well as young people's interest in career fields that are essential to the success of agencies such as the National Security Agency.

Available to Members Online

Minutes from the February and April EXCOM meetings, as well as the March BOD meeting, can be viewed in the Members Only section of the NCMF Web site under Member News.

If you are a current NCMF member and have not yet joined Members Only, please take a moment to create a username and password so that you can have access to Members Only information.


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If you are not an active member, please consider joining us! We have many exciting programs and always welcome new ideas and energy. We value and appreciate your support of our mission to advance the objectives of the National Cryptologic Museum.

With several different membership options, there is something for everyone.


The NCMF seeks donations of cryptology, communications, and intelligence-related items for the NCM and for future auctions. Previously donated items include antique radios, spy cameras, coins, rare books and photographs, Intelligence Community posters, plaques, mugs, and clothing, replica cipher wheels, intelligence-related DVDs, and a Soviet SIGINT uniform.

To make a donation, please contact the NCMF office at 301-688-5436, or by E-mail at Museum-worthy donations will be deeded to the museum on the donor's behalf.

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