Thu, November 4, 2021

Signals Intelligence and Cyber: The Deep Background from World War II to the Cold War

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center presents its next Perspectives Lecture entitled “Signals Intelligence and Cyber: The Deep Background from World War II to the Cold War,” with National Security Agency (NSA) Historian Dr. David Hatch on Thursday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. EDT at USAHEC, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle 17013, with live-streaming available at

Dr. Hatch earned his M.A. at Indiana University in Bloomington, and his Ph.D. at American University in the District of Columbia. He served in the U.S. Army, and has worked at NSA since the 1970s; he became its Historian in 1993. He is the author of a number of classified and unclassified articles and books about cryptologic history and NSA, and has occasionally been a talking head in television documentaries.

In this lecture, Dr. Hatch will discuss the origins and early development of the modern field of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) in World War II and the Cold War. SIGINT was a new concept for most American commanders during World War II, and it became an important tool for both military and civilian decision makers. After the war, the United States established its first peacetime national-level intelligence organizations, and the way the SIGINT agencies developed in the Cold War had a direct bearing on the emergence of cyber later in the century.

The USAHEC’s Perspectives Lecture Series is a graduate-level speaker program with two lecture seasons per year. The lecture is open to the public on site. Social distancing is in place and masks are required. Online viewers can participate in the Q/A portion of the event by submitting questions via email at, or direct message the USAHEC Facebook Page at

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