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Mechanics of Secrecy: Military Cipher Machine Demo
Friday, 10:00 AM EDT for 1 hr The Stadium : Meeting Room 1

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Short Description:
Learn how historical military cipher machines like the German Enigma work. See historical specimens and replicas from the Civil War to the Cold War. By Ryan of the NSDM staff.
Long Description:
Militaries throughout history have had a vested interest in keeping their communiques secrets. This lecture will provide an overview of mechanical and electromechanical cipher machines from the Civil War through the Cold War, such as the Vigenère cipher, rotor ciphers based on the German Enigma, and the Hagelin pin and lug machines. The role of the CIA and German BND in sabotaging cryptography will be discussed. Ryan of the National Security Decision Making Game staff is a cryptography collector and nuclear geek. He will display machines from his collection, including a replica Confederate encryption wheel, a modern Enigma simulator, 3D printed Enigma, and historic machines, including a Swiss NEMA, Russian Fialka, a US Army Hagelin M-209, and a Swedish Transvertex HC-9.
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Minimum Age:
Everyone (6+)
Experience Required:
None (You've never played before - rules will be taught)
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Yes, materials are provided for this game. You do not need to bring your own.
Start Date & Time:
1 hour
End Date & Time:
Friday, 11:00 AM EDT
The Stadium : Meeting Room 1
Mark McDonagh, Merle Robinson, Ryan Pierce
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