Message from Project Leadership

Lt. Gen Kenneth Minihand, USAF - former NSA Director

Message from Lieutenant General Kenneth A. Minihan, USAF (Ret) Former Director, National Security Agency/Central Security Service Chairman, Founders’ Group, Cyber Center and New Museum Campaign

WE ARE ENGAGED IN A VITAL, NEW PUBLIC ENTERPRISE.  Our mission is to build and equip the Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI) and Museum dedicated to explaining the vital role cryptology, signals intelligence and cybersecurity play in defending our nation. It is a personal honor to help lead the rapidly emerging private-public partnership between the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) and the National Security Agency that will seek to make this mission a reality.

The planned state-of-the-art Cyber Center and new National Cryptologic Museum will include iconic exhibits, artifacts and intelligence stories from NSA and other Intelligence Community organizations that span five centuries of cryptologic history. The Center will help lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the extraordinary collaborative work performed by NSA and their Intelligence Community and Industry partners to provide our nation’s leaders with both critical foreign intelligence, and the protection of our own national communications and information systems from foreign exploitation. The Center is expected to become a focal point in the National Capital region for information dissemination, policy discussion and education. Among the project’s goals:

To EDUCATE the public about the role of cryptology, signals intelligence and cybersecurity in our nation’s defense.

To STIMULATE visitor understanding regarding how mathematics, computer sciences, engineering, technology and foreign languages are integrated in the NSA’s work.

To COMMEMORATE the extraordinary accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices of the NSA civilian, military and contractor community and the people who have served within it.

While the NSA will assume the operating costs for the new facility, the burden of securing capital construction funding falls to the NCMF. For that reason, we have begun to organize a building campaign seeking roughly $60 million from private and public sources. This campaign is led by a “Founders’ Group” consisting of distinguished and committed leaders from the corporate and philanthropic community—people who share and support the visionary goals of the project and wish to help make it a reality.

I invite you to look closely at this presentation. After doing so, I hope you will choose to participate in this most important endeavor by becoming a Founder.

Sincerely,
Kenneth A. Minihan
Lieutenant General, United States Air Force (Ret) Chairman, Founders’ Group Campaign for the Cyber Center and National Cryptologic Museum

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