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News Brief | July 7, 2021

Mr. Robert L. Washington, Jr.- A National Security pioneer, leader, mentor and father


Darnell Washington

On July 2, 2021, Mr. Robert L. Washington was celebrated for his dedication to the National Security Agency and as a Benefactor of the NSA Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI) and the National Cryptologic Foundation.


Mr. Robert “Bob” Washington, Jr. began his career at the National Security Agency (NSA) in 1962 after receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Morgan State College.

Mr. Washington played a significant role in a Cold War Era against the world’s most formidable adversaries that threatened our country and our national security. His initial assignment as a Cryptanalyst was working with foreign signal exploitation and later Communications Security (COMSEC) issues.

In his role, he traveled internationally to meet dignitaries, military counterparts, and international corporate leaders on mission‐essential matters related to intelligence & national security.

He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA where he received accolades for a paper he authored on developing strong organizational leadership.

During his career, he received both top NSA awards (“The Exceptional Service Award” and the Meritorious Service Award). He attended the Federal Executive Institute, “FEI”, and the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service, in addition to other management and leadership development programs.

During his career, he focused on advancement, inclusion and diversity by mentorship and developing career pathways for minorities within the Agency. He was also crowned as an NSA Chess Champion.

After 36 years, his final assignment before retiring was serving as the Sr. NSA Representative NCRDEF at the Department of Defense at the Pentagon.


“During my career, I never had a bad job at the National Security Agency or the Pentagon despite the level of difficulty”… In retirement, people often ask do I miss the NSA. I tell them that while I miss the challenging and dynamic environment, the most important thing I miss is the people and the long–term relationships that I established while working there.”

"Mr. Robert L. Washington, Jr."

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