I was browsing through the website of my recent acquaintance on Pinterest, the National Cryptologic Heritage Museum. In fact, I am sincerely proud to say Pinterest friend, as the follow is mutual. This led me to another website, where I noticed that the Public Information, Declassification and Transparency Department of NSA Communicators had posted a delightful document archive.
Newly declassified by the National Security Agency! Browse through any, or all, of the 136 issues of comic-formatted Cryptolog, from Volume 1 (1974) through Volume 23 (1997). Each issue of Cryptolog is available as a PDF file, for your extended and leisurely enjoyment.
I found this puzzle transcribed as a webpage (HTML), as a sample of the fun to be found within.
The larger event is the 60th anniversary of the NSA
"Established on Nov. 4, 1952, the National Security Agency celebrates this week 60 years of service to the nation. NSA's achievements [are] in areas such as signals intelligence, information assurance, innovative research, and contributions in support of U.S. military and foreign policy goals."
Prior to 1952, the NSA existed as the Army Signal Corps. I didn't know this. My grandmother worked for the Army Signal Corps in Philadelphia during World War 2, and for several years following. She enjoyed her work there enormously. If she had been able to continue... wow! Instead, she returned to her job as a librarian assistant at Central High School. I feel so proud of my grandmother! I wish I could tell her what I learned today.
"A public ceremony will be held on the same day at the agency's National Cryptologic Museum, where officials will present a new 60th Anniversary Exhibit including the SIGABA cipher machine, the only such device that remained completely unbroken by an enemy during the war."
The date was 12 November 2012. This post is a little after the fact. However, the National Cryptologic Museum remains open, in its full glory.
The Cryptologic Foundation describes it as a Museum Like No Other. I wish I could visit. I wish it could be soon.