Barbara McNamara

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Barbara McNamara
15th Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
In office
Preceded by William P. Crowell
Succeeded by William B. Black, Jr.
Personal details
Born 1941/1942 (age 74–75)
Clinton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Profession linguist, intelligence official
Awards National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
Nickname(s) "BAM"[1]

Barbara A. McNamara (born circa 1942) was the NSA's Deputy Director from October 1997 until June 2000. She was succeeded by William B. Black, Jr..[2]


McNamara joined the NSA in 1963 as a Chinese linguist. She rose through a number of analytic, operational, and managerial positions before leaving the Operational Directorate in 1983. McNamara became the first woman to be named Deputy Director of Operations in 1994. In 1997 she became the second woman to be named the agency's deputy director. In June 2000, she received the US Intelligence Community's highest award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. At the time she was one of the highest ranked women in the United States intelligence community.[3] She served as the NSA's Senior U.S. Liaison Officer in London, England shortly before her retirement in 2003.[4][5]

Currently, she is a board member of Signalscape and Intec Billing.

Government offices
Preceded by
William P. Crowell
Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
October 1997 – June 2000
Succeeded by
William B. Black, Jr.