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Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Navy Cryptology


June 2022

Remembering Alan Turing, Mathematician and Cryptanalysis

Alan Turing was born on June 23, 1912, in London. In his seminal 1936 paper, he proved that there cannot exist any universal algorithmic method of determining truth in mathematics, and that mathematics will always contain undecidable propositions. That paper also introduced the “Turing machine. His papers on the subject are widely acknowledged as the foundation of research in artificial intelligence.

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World’s First Recce Satellite!

The world’s first reconnaissance satellite, called Galactic Radiation and Background (GRAB), was launched on June 22, 1960. GRAB was developed by the U.S. Naval Re-search Laboratory. The first satellite, GRABI, rose into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida atop a Thor-Able-Star rocket. The GRAB II satellite was successfully launched on June 29, 1961. The GRAB satellites had a dual mission. The unclassified mission was to gather solar radiation data, which was the basis for the name GRAB. The secret mission was to gather radar pulses within a specific bandwidth from Soviet equipment. A signals intelligence package carried aboard the satellite accomplished this.

Source: National Cryptologic Museum

Establishment of Cyber Operations Designator and Rating for the Navy?

Is the Congress planning to create a Cyber Operations officer designator and enlisted rating that is separate from cryptology?

Refer to pages 318-319 in H.R. 7900—FY23 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

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Navy’s Peculiar Plan To Retire EA-18 Growlers Is Up In The Air

An Air Force-Navy team-up could save 25 Growlers from the boneyard as changes in the nature of airborne electronic attack accelerate.

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CAPT Michael Herlands Assumes Command of Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group

Today, Captain Ann Casey will be relieved by Captain Michael Herlands as Commanding Officer, Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group.  Captain Herlands’ biography follows:

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Remembering the Crew of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)

Early on June, 17, 2017, the United States Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) collided with MV ACX Crystal, a Philippine-flagged container ship, about 80 nautical miles (92 miles) southwest of Tokyo, Japan; 10 nautical miles (12 miles) southeast of the city of Shimoda on the Japanese mainland (Honshu).

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