Ann Z. Caracristi

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Ann Z. Caracristi
Deputy Director of the NSA
In office
1 April 1980 – 30 July 1982
Preceded by Robert E. Drake
Succeeded by Robert E. Rich
Personal details
Born Ann Zeilinger Caracristi
(1921-02-01) February 1, 1921 (age 94)
Bronxville, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Russell Sage College, Federal Executive Institute
Profession cryptanalyst, intelligence consultant and official

Ann Zeilinger Caracristi (born February 1, 1921) is an American cryptanalyst, former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency,[1] 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.[2]

In 2002, her name was given to a Naval Intelligence Professionals' award.[3]



  1. ^ Former Deputy Directors NSA website.
  2. ^ Who's who of American women. Marquis Who's Who. 1973. ISBN 9780837904085. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  3. ^ Ann Caracristi Award on the Naval Intelligence website
Preceded by
Robert E. Drake
Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
April 1980 – July 1982
Succeeded by
Robert E. Rich