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1956: First Civilian NSA Deputy Director Joseph Ream

Sunday, September 19, 2021

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 NCF's Vision is to Influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage.

The Foundation provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and cyber education and careers,  hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events, and honors the people— past, present, and future—whose contributions to our national security protect and make possible our way of life.

The NCF also provides needed support to the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a unique and 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 NCF acquires the best artifacts for the Museum and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

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 NCF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCF has a three-part mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.