This work investigates the coding theory, cryptology and the role of cryptology in the development of American intelligence gathering. Coding theory and cryptology are both mathematical studies that change a set of data into another form, but each has a different purpose. Codes are used to correct transmission errors, while ciphers are used to secure data from unwanted readers. The rise of American cryptology was the driving force behind the rise of American intelligence through the twentieth century. America had little intelligence gathering before it started its period of expansion, creating an intelligence void that needed filled. The rise of cryptologic intelligence helped Americans fill that void.


Bowen, Jennifer

Second Advisor

Roche, Jeff


History; Mathematics


Political History | United States History

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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