Colin B. Burke


Burke, Colin B. "Automating American Cryptanalysis 1930-45: Marvelous Machines, a Bit Too Late." Intelligence and National Security 14, no. 1 (Spring 1999): 18-39.

"America's versions of the devices used to attack ... encryption machines were technological compromises rushed to completion." And they tended to arrive too late to meet the needs of the moment, because America brought its technological skills and resources to bear on the problem too late.


Burke, Colin. "From the Archives: A Lady Codebreaker Speaks: Joan Murray, the Bombes and the Perils of Writing Crypto-History from Participants' Accounts." Cryptologia 34, no. 4 (Oct. 2010): 359-370.

From Abstract: "A declassified 1970s article by Joan Murray ... gives some new insights into the battle against U-boat Enigma. As important, the article shows the [difficulties] in using a participant's memories as final evidence."


Burke, Colin. "From the Archives: The Last Bombe Run, 1955." Cryptologia 32, no. 3 (Jul. 2008): 277-279.

A recently declassified NSA document shows that the WWII Bombes were used as late as 1955 against East German police messages. The use ceased after discovery of the Berlin Tunnel.

[CIA/50s/Tunnel; Cryptography/Gen]

Burke, Colin B. Information and Secrecy: Vannevar Bush, Ultra, and the Other Memex. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1994.

According to Surveillant 3.6, Burke "explores the code-breaking machines developed by the U.S. Navy and independent scientists during the 1930s and 1940s." He "seeks to show that cryptanalysis is entwined with the beginnings of computers, and WWII military research."


Burke, Colin. "Kim Philby, the American Intelligence Community, and OP-20-G; the Fox Built the Hen-House and Took the Keys." Cryptologia 25, no. 2 (Apr. 2001): 88-90.

Burke presents a memorandum dated 17 July 1945 from an ONI representative about a meeting involving Philby, then the head of MI6 Section IX, and Liaison Officers from ONI, G-2, Special Branch, and OSS X-2. It was agreed that on Soviet matters the three services would approach Section IX directly through either Philby or his deputy.


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