"On This Date in History" Calendar
1895: Ralph J. Canine, first DIRNSA was born.
9 Nov 1895: Ralph J. Canine, first DIRNSA was born. Lieutenant General Ralph J. Canine, NSA's first director, is known today as the Great Unifier - the man who, almost single-handedly, forced cryptologic unification on the Services. His term at NSA, from 1952 to 1956, became the crucible for cryptologic centralization. He departed the Army and NSA a figure of mythic stature. Had Canine not been the director, NSA might not have survived the end of the decade. Read his full Cryptologic Hall of Honor entry via the link below.