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1956: First Civilian NSA Deputy Director Joseph Ream

Thursday, September 19, 2019
1956: First Civilian NSA Deputy Director Joseph Ream

19 September 1956: First civilian deputy director of NSA, Joseph Ream.

In 1956, President Eisenhower demanded that NSA appoint a civilian deputy director. This was seen as an important innovation in an agency that depended on superior civilian talent, but was nonetheless top-heavy with military officers. President Eisenhower was known to favor the imposition of business principles on the Department of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense Donald Quarles was instructed to enlist someone from the corporate world. Quarles knew just the man. Mr. Ream, still retired in Florida, was well known to Quarles as a former top corporate executive, and was available. Despite Mr. Ream's reservations, Quarles convinced him to take the job and he formally took over in February 1957.

Mr. Ream brought a refreshing new outlook to cryptology and laid the basis for NSA's subsequent use of civilians in that position. However, cryptology was not his field in and August of the same year, he accepted a job heading CBS's Washington, DC office.

(Above text is from the January 1999 NSA Newsletter.)

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The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

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