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How the NSA is improving security for everyone

See article in Network World Magazine
2015

[Read the Article]

One of the NSA's core functions is to secure and protect sensitive information. As part of that role the Agency has launched a program to integrate commercial off-the-shelf products which is helping to imporove security for the rest of us.

in the works 

The Deniable Undeniable Weapons Cache

[In review at CIA]

While the world learned of the secret three-ton arms cache buried on a remote beach in Venezuela, the CIA worked to ascertain who put it there and why . . . and President Kennedy hoped for deniability.

ongoing research

The Wyoming Lynch Note

[Expected release 2017]

Before Facebook attacks there were lynch notes; and that is what Gil received in 1913 Wyoming when he was unable to pay the lumberjacks. The note surfaced after 100 years . . . and the research continues.


A Selected Piece:

A Trumpy Fit for James Bond

This article is an abbreviated piece from a longer historic study prepared for the CIA and published in the December 2014 edition of the agency's quarterly journal "Studies in Intelligence".

By: Dirk a. d. Smith | Published by wooden boat magazine in the fall of 2013

A Classic power cruiser built by John Trumpy & Sons of Annapolis, Maryland, is easy to spot, with the Trumpy styling and the ornate scrollwork "T" adorning its bow just below deck level. But one particular Trumpy would always slide by unrecognized and unseen. The boat was small, only 19' 1/2" long, and it lacked the usual trademark. More important, it was painted gray and designed to have the lowest possible profile, running with its decks awash in the middle of the night -- which is exactly the way the Central Intelligence Agency wanted it.

In 1953 -- six years after President Harry Truman founded the CIA -- the agency hired Trumpy to build this unusual boat. It sounded like something that might have come straight out of Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, which was published that same year. The CIA's objective was to create a boat that could pursue clandestine operations, running partly submerged as many as 50 miles to sneak a small crew and their gear into an enemy harbor. The boat could then be deliberately sunk, awaiting the crew's return. Up to a month later, after their intrigues were completed, the crew could raise the boat and motor to a rendezvous with the waiting mother ship . . . [read the full story in WoodenBoat Magazine]

To read the full story, please go to A Trumpy Fit for James Bond, WoodenBoat Magazine