Yale Institute of Far Eastern Languages


This website is a compilation of information related to IFEL - the Yale Institute of Far Eastern Languages (IFEL) with related links to the US Air Force Security Service (USAFSS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) where language skills learned at Yale IFEL were put to use.


From 1951 through early 1965, during the presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, the US Air Force contracted with Yale University for training in selected Asian languages for Cold War intelligence operations performed by USAFSS under NSA direction.  In the 14 year period, over 3,000 airmen completed intensive language courses, primarily in Chinese and Korean, at IFEL in New Haven, Connecticut.


The site is intended to be more a history of the institution of IFEL and the environment in which it was created and operated than a history of the students who attended.