Pictured above: National Security Agency, circa 1950/NSA.
VAV!/July 26, 2014
"More times than we can count, we've made history, without history even knowing we were there." - GEN Keith Alexander - Director NSA/Chief CSS
For over a half a century now, the National Security Agency (NSA) as provided timely information to U.S. decision makers and military leaders since it was established on November 4, 1952 by directive of the National Security Act of 1947. NSA engages in the collection (to include through clandestine means), process, analyze, produce, and disseminate signals intelligence information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes to support national and departmental missions; Act as the National Manager for National Security Systems as established in law and policy, and in this capacity be responsible to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director, National Intelligence; Prescribe security regulations covering operating practices, including the transmission, handling, and distribution of signals intelligence and communications security material within and among the elements under control of the Director of the National Security Agency, and exercise the necessary supervisory control to ensure compliance with the regulations. In short, the NSA engages in global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence....while authorized to utilize clandestine measure to achieve its goals.