[Fort Meade, Maryland] : National Security Agency, Center for Cryptologic History, 2015.
Book — 1 online resource (66 pages) : illustrations (some color) Digital: text file.
"Although Agnes May Meyer, later Agnes May Driscoll, was the Navy’s principal cryptanalyst of many years, spent over 40 years in cryptology, became a member of the Cryptologic Hall of Honor, and has principal credit for personally breaking two major codes/ciphers, she was curiously neglected during her career and after. Never credited with as much as she believed was her due, never promoted in grade with her peers, even now she is not always ranked with those she regarded as peers. Although considered one of the giants of American cryptology, she is nevertheless rarely mentioned in the same breath as a William Friedman or a Laurance Safford, even though she began her code and cipher work in 1918, contemporary with Friedman. Should she be ranked with them? Has she been neglected by history? We will consider exactly that."--Page 3.
[Fort George G. Meade, Md.] : Center for Cryptologic History, National Security Agency, 2002.
Book — xix, 500 p. ; digital, PDF file
America's war in Vietnam continues as a topic of highest interest among scholars and the general public alike- and as a topic of the highest controversy. The Vietnam War has been the subject of countless memoirs, histories, and adventure tales, yet a critical aspect of the war has been lacking in what has been written so far. Even monographs on the role of intelligence in the war do not treat the signals intelligence (SIGINT) and information systems security (INFOSEC) aspects of the war, or do so only in the most superficial ways. This meticulously researched and richly detailed history of cryptology in the Vietnam War fills this void. It provides a grand perspective of these most secret aspects of the war, and answers many of the questions historians ask about it. Those who work SIGINT tend to view it mechanistically, It is often believed to be "cut and dried," that is provides and unchallenged source of information- what the other side is saying to itself, and therefore must be correct. However, the interpretation of SIGINT and its political or policy implications often generate considerable discussion and controversy. This was certainly the case with SIGINT in the Vietnam War. This study looks carefully at these controversies- and itself has several areas likely to be controversial in the implications and interpretation. This is a stimulating study, highly recommended for all who are interested in U.S. policy in the last half of the twentieth century, the conduct of the war itself, and the role of cryptology specifically.