The NSA and its Affiliates: Background information when reading Code Girls

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Code Girls

The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

by Liza Mundy

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The NSA and its Affiliates

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The National Security Administration (NSA) is the direct descendant of the group established to decode enemy communications during WWII featured in Code Girls. Established by U.S. President Harry Truman in 1952, the NSA is the government agency responsible for signal intelligence — "Intelligence derived from electronic signals and systems used by foreign targets, such as communications systems, radars, and weapons systems."

The once entirely clandestine NSA has started declassifying some of its secret documents and has established three closely affiliated organizations to celebrate its history and to train the next generation of cryptographers.

The first of these, the National Cryptologic School, was founded in 1965 by Deputy Secretary of Defense Cyrus R. Vance, who issued a directive calling for "the establishment of a professional institution to centralize education and training efforts for Department of Defense intelligence activities." Headquartered at Fort Meade, ...

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