Washington, D.C., December 4, 2018 - Five years ago, the National Security Agency (NSA) released 136 issues of its internal Cryptolog periodical spanning 1974 through 1997. The collection offered a look into the some of the discussions being held within one of America’s most secretive intelligence agencies. Today the GWU-based National Security Archive is providing a complete index of all 1,504 items in the declassified collection, including but not limited to articles, interviews, and puzzles.
The publication also serves as a venue for organizational reflection. Conflict between linguists and cryptanalysts over promotions and pay scales rages in the pages of Cryptolog for two years, and a four-part series (1234) on the agency’s intern program is published in 1974. The publication also brought points of levity with appropriately vexing brainteasers for cryptanalysts and a short-lived bloopers feature.
This index was produced in hopes of encouraging and facilitating historical research into the NSA’s evolution through, and consideration of, the information revolution.