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Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Navy Cryptology


August 2016

Congratulations to Our Chief Cryptologic Technicians (Select)


Congratulations and very “Well Done” to all of our Cryptologic Technicians selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer!  Indeed, your selection is nothing short of a lifetime achievement.  Though these next few weeks will be both challenging and rewarding, September 16th is not an end, but rather a beginning.  A beginning of leadership in a whole new capacity.

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Trending Cybersecurity Terms

What terms are trending in the Cybersecurity world?

Quoting from this article at TechCrunch:

Behavior Baselining
Time and time again we see undetected attackers lurking in organizations’ networks for months – even years. Just this past October, it came to light that cyber attackers linked to the Chinese government breached Samsung Pay provider LoopPay for months without detection. Stories like these are a reminder that our best means for minimizing a breach’s impact… Continue reading “Trending Cybersecurity Terms”

CTR1 Michael J. Strange WOD

How do you honor the fallen?

An intense workout is one way.


Eight rounds for time of:

600 meter Run
1.5 pood Weighted pull-up, 11 reps
11 Walking lunge steps, carrying 1.5 pood kettlebells
1.5 pood Kettlebell thruster, 11 reps

U.S. Navy Cryptologist Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit, died on August 6, 2011, of wounds suffered when his unit’s helicopter crashed in Wardak province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his fiancee Breanna Hostetler, parents Elizabeth and Charles, and siblings Katelyn, Carly, and Charles.




Without a Warning: The Story of the Shoot Down of a U-2 Spy Plane During the Cuban Missile Crisis (Guest Post, Part II)


It took over forty years before we finally learned from the Russians who authorized the shoot down of Major Anderson’s U-2 and why … answers that revealed the best kept secret of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The “who” was a lower ranking general in charge of Soviet air defenses who gave the order after failing to reach the Soviet commander in Cuba. The “why” is frightening even after all these years. By direction the general had brought the entire air defense radar network into full combat mode the night before and he was able to follow the track of the U-2 in real time.  He watched as it entered Cuban airspace and flew across the island to the Guantanamo Naval Base environs before turning back toward the northeast coast. He knew Anderson had overflown a Soviet FKR-1 cruise missile battery that had moved overnight to an open firing position 15 miles from the huge American naval base.  The general correctly believed that the Americans were unaware of the deployment of cruise missiles to Cuba and realized that Anderson’s film would uncover this crucial defensive capability. The FRK-1 was capable of delivering a Hiroshima bomb-sized nuclear warhead over 100 miles that could decimate the naval base and destroy an unsuspecting invasion force. Continue reading “Without a Warning: The Story of the Shoot Down of a U-2 Spy Plane During the Cuban Missile Crisis (Guest Post, Part II)”

Without a Warning: The Story of the Shoot Down of a U-2 Spy Plane During the Cuban Missile Crisis (Guest Post, Part I)

All Rights Reserved by the Author Colonel H. Wayne Whitten USMC (ret)

At 9:09 AM on Saturday October 27, 1962 USAF Major Rudolph Anderson Jr. took off from McCoy AFB in a SAC U-2 on his sixth mission over Castro’s Cuba since the beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis. His targets selected by the national intelligence agencies were Soviet SA-2 SAM sites in eastern Cuba. SAMs posed the greatest threat to the high flying U-2 but two weeks into the crisis there had been no attempts to engage the unarmed reconnaissance aircraft. His pre-flight intelligence brief indicated no change in the Cuban air defense posture. Continue reading “Without a Warning: The Story of the Shoot Down of a U-2 Spy Plane During the Cuban Missile Crisis (Guest Post, Part I)”

Athena Monterey – 25 August 2016

Calling those at  DLI and NPS… Athena Project comes to Monterey!

If you are one of those wondering, what is this Athena Project thing? (Think Shark Tank for sailors) go here first –

If you aren’t in Monterey, there may be an Athena Project chapter near you. Reach out via Twitter @AthenaNavy

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