National Security Agency (NSA) (Federal Agency Profiles)
PARENT ORGANIZATION: Department of Defense
ESTABLISHED: October 24, 1952
EMPLOYEES: Because of the nature of the NSA's operations, figures on the number of employees working for the agency are not available to the general public.
ADDRESS: 9800 Savage Rd.
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755
PHONE: (301) 688-6524
TOLL FREE: (800) 688-6115
DIRECTOR: Lt. Gen. Kenneth A. Minahan
DEPUTY DIRECTOR: William P. Crowell
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The National Security Agency (NSA) describes itself as being responsible for the "centralized coordination, direction, and performance of highly specialized technical functions in support of U.S. government activities to protect U.S. communications and produce foreign intelligence information." In simpler terms, the NSA is the nation's cryptologic organization, charged with both making codes that will protect the transmission (increasingly over computer networks and sophisticated telecommunications networks) of sensitive government information and with breaking such codes to intercept the transmissions of organizations or nations whose activities are considered to be antagonistic to U.S. interests....
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