Top NSA computer engineer unmasked

The average computer user needs to understand how well-versed government adversaries are in computer engineering, and how secret their lives and activities are. Today I can unmask – by the magic of smoke and mirrors – the life of Erick Golatte, a top NSA computer engineer located at Fort Meade in Maryland. Erick and people like him are formidable opponents – but these people can still be defeated with strong encryption and obfuscation. Genuine privacy of the citizen can still be achieved with a little effort.

Monsters can often be defeated

Erick V. Golatte

(Alternative address listed as 137 Clarence Ave, Severna Park, MD – an easy commute to Fort Meade)

3356 Drayton Ln. San Diego, CA 92123

(240) 644-4797


United States Navy Intelligence and Signals Analyst with ten years experience in both domestic and overseas multi-national operational environments. Used advanced signal analysis and reporting skills focused on early indications and warnings analysis in support of Navy special support program missions. Prepared time-sensitive technical reports for customers deployed in area of responsibility or located at local and remote sites.
Developed targets through research, analysis, and reporting. Performed analysis and database research to complete analyst duties.

Clearance: Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) Security Clearance w/SSBI and Polygraph

Last Security clearance update: Jun, 2008

Position Desired: Global Network Analyst for a Federal Intelligence Agency specializing in Target Exploitation and/or Intelligence Reporting.


Coleman University, San Diego, CA 2008-Present

– Java
– Object Oriented Analysis and Design
– Database Design
– C++
– C#
– JavaScript
– MYSql
– System design and implementation

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), San Diego, CA 2006-07/31/2008

– Managed the cryptologic efforts of an 11 member watch team. Ensuring the proper utilization of all cryptologist resources during each mission and or AOR change.

– Oversaw and critiqued the crytologic carry on gear installation process

– Tested and critiqued the Seawitch operating systems effectiveness onboard deployed US vessels.

– Initiated target development and nodal analysis of targets of interests in comfithflt AOR

– Trained 4 personnel in target development and nodal analysis procedures.

– Lead combat direction finding operator

– Perform geolocation applications.

– Perform signals analysis using computer based programs.

– Perform kleiglight (KL) processing.

– Perform analog/digital conversions.

– Perform STRUM processing and JMCIS and/or GCCS-M unified build operations and applications.

– Measure spectral characteristics of a sine wave.

– Calculate decibels as related to power and voltage ratios.

– Report COMINT.

– Classify signals to appropriate designators.

– Perform cryptologic support to Information Warfare

– (IW) and Command and Control Warfare (C2W).

– Prepare classified material destruction reports.

– Perform signals analysis of terrestrial microwave and direct sequence spread spectrum signals.

– Perform fine-grain signals/traffic analysis on COMINT signals. Perform JDISS advanced tactical cryptologic system (JATACS) operations.

– Draft CRITIC and Product reports.

– Implement tasking messages.

– Issue STRUM reports. Maintain continuity on threat nation communications.

– Report significant tactical I&W data.

– Ships Signal Exploitation Shops watch supervisor

– System administrator for HITS system

– System administrator for DRT system

– System administrator for Blackbird/Bushhog system

– System administrator for Seawitch system

Support to Military Operations Center, National Security Agency, Fort George
G. Meade, MD, 2003-2006

– Indications and Warnings Analyst: Drafted 580 precise tactical and product reports with 96% accuracy using geospatial intelligence, signals analysis, both NTM and commercial satellite imagery, and near real-time tracking applications.

– Data Flow Manger: Maintained and monitored complex WAN and LAN data flow systems. Conducted troubleshooting and system maintenance during system failures.

– Updated analytical software for special reports and packages in support of the RUTLEY and SILVERCOMET mission tasking.

– Maintains and updates technical libraries and databases of signals to assist in the identification and reporting.

– Wrote and delivered daily briefs to mission supervisors, watch supervisors, and customers on the past and current mission activities of the area of responsibility/interest.

– Created RUTLEY system operating manual for the training of every future operator or the RUTLEY system.

National Signals Processing Center, National Security Agency, Fort George G.
Meade, MD, 2003-2004

– Waveform Signals Analyst: Performed signals analysis and processing on unidentified file-based signals and updates internal databases on collection signals in the national Signals Processing Center (NSPC)

– Lead shift operator on wideband signals collection system.

– Expertly analyzed and processed 10,400 digital signals.

– Updated and maintained databases for long-term analysis and collection profiles.

– Extensive troubleshooting during system failures.

– Shift supervisor for eight sailors. Conducted weekly quarters and ensured all administrative requirements were completed. Coordinated assignment of eight junior division Sailors with mentors.

Multimode Systems Operator, Naval Security Group Activity, Overseas Field
Site, 1998-2000

– Provided tactical time sensitive reports and first heard support for forward deployed personnel, with the use of analog, digital and RF receivers.

– Established and maintained an operator intercept database which maintains continuity of special units of interest within Area of Responsibility. The database allows operators to identify their own targets without the use of the analysis and reporting team, thus shorting the time spent sending reports by a significant amount.

– Managed all training matters for 63 sailors including general military training, advancement in rate criteria, and quarterly safety training.

– Became a Subject Matter Expert for M/M operations. Provided keen insight during five key periods of national heightened interest.

– Top producer of technical recoveries with an error rate of less than three percent. Completed over 500 entries into technical database critical to historical and trend analysis.

– Performed analysis on large quantity of intelligence data for high-profile reporting evolution, which ensured consumers were provided time-sensitive technical information.

– Supervised seven-sailor Manual Morse watch section; responsible for maintaining smooth communications and operational capabilities.

– Perform computer peripheral equipment, operating systems, word processing software and graphics software manipulation.

– Perform file maintenance, database management and computer systems security procedures.

– Operate computer systems in an integrated software environment

– Mark and handle classified material and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) in accordance with security requirements.

– Perform routine/emergency destruction of classified/SCI material and security checks of work stations and equipment. Change combination locking devices.

– Perform radio wave frequency and wave length conversions.

– Perform signal analysis of amplitude, angle, and pulse modulation signals.

– Perform radio receiver, oscilloscope, frequency counter, sonograph, and demodulator operations in support of signal analysis.

– Perform signals analysis to determine multiplexing schemes, error detection and correction (EDAC) schemes, linear recursive sequences, speech privacy systems, short duration signals, global networking services and basic communications protocols.

– Perform line coding analysis techniques and basic graphic signals analysis.

– Perform analog, digital, and optical recording operations and traffic analysis of COMINT signals.

– Perform spectrum analysis operations.



– MCS-21 Increment E
– High Frequency Direction Finding

– Computer Information Systems Associates Degree
– Computer Programmer Apprenticeship
– Geospatial Boot camp
– First Class Naval Leadership School
– Seven Habits for Highly Effective People
– Operation Security Fundamentals
– Introduction to Operational Information Assurance
– Second Class Naval Leadership School
– Intermediate Communications Signals Analysis Course (451/9147)
– Advance Morse Code Interceptor School
– Cryptologic Signals Collection and Processing School (450)
– High School Diploma

Computer Applications:

– Sun Workstation
– Web Browsers (Netscape, Explorer)
– MS Office Suite

Communication Equipment:

– Analog, digital and RF receivers
– Digital signal processors.
– Numerous antenna arrays
– Multiple, advanced telecommunications equipment
– Caino/Bluestream
– Blackbird/Bushhog
– Seawitch


– Two Joint Service Achievement Medal
– Naval Achievement Medal
– Air force Outstanding Unit Ribbon
– Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal
– Three Good Conduct Medals
– National Defense Medal
– Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal