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Preceded by  Robert E. Drake
Succeeded by  Robert E. Rich

Name  Ann Caracristi
Education  Russell Sage College
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Full Name  Ann Zeilinger Caracristi
Born  February 1, 1921 (age 94) Bronxville, New York, U.S. (1921-02-01)
Alma mater  Russell Sage College, Federal Executive Institute
Profession  cryptanalyst, intelligence consultant and official

Ann Zeilinger Caracristi (February 1, 1921 – January 10, 2016) was an American cryptanalyst, former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, where she served at various positions over a 40-year career. She served as a member of the Secretary of Defense Joint Security Commission and President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. She became the first woman at NSA to be promoted to GS-18 rank, in 1975.



She was born in Bronxville, New York. She lived most of her adult life in a one-bedroom cottage in Georgetown, and her hobbies included birds and collecting pewter.

In 2002, her name was given to a Naval Intelligence Professionals' award. Caracristi died January 10, 2016, in Washington at the age of 94. She had dementia in her later years.


  • 1980 - Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
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    Ann Z. Caracristi Wikipedia

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