Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Growth continues at CSE

As noted in a recent post (Coulter speaks: CSE builds), CSE is projected to grow to a staff of 1546 "full-time equivalents" in fiscal year 2005-06. The graph below shows the evolution of CSE's staffing from its origins in 1946 (then known as the Communications Branch of the National Research Council, or CBNRC) to the present.

CSEstaffAs the graph demonstrates, CSE is now in the midst of the third, and largest, buildup in its history. The first buildup occurred during the early days of the Cold War in the late 1940s and 1950s. The second dates to the renewed Cold War tensions of the 1980s (and to the surge in global communications traffic that began in the 1970s and continues to this day). The third is evidently primarily a response to the events of September 11th, 2001.

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