Welcome to the National Cryptologic Foundation. We strive to influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage. The Foundation also provides needed support for the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM).

  • ...The nation’s brightest young minds to consider careers in STEM and cyber related fields

  • ...Robust dialog with the American public on cyber policy, technology, and privacy

  • ...Those who “served in silence” with valor and distinction, especially those who gave their lives in service

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1960: U-2 Recon Plane Shot Down

Saturday, May 1, 2021
1960: U-2 Recon Plane Shot Down

1 May 1960: U-2 recon plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union. He was held prisoner in the Soviet Union for 21 months before his release as part of a "spy exchange."

In 2012, more than 50 years after the shoot-down, Powers was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for exhibiting 'exceptional loyalty' during long & intense interrogations while being held by the KGB and the Soviet Union for nearly 2 years.

His story is told in the Cold War section of the National Cryptologic Museum. A collage of photos from the exhibit is pictured here. The exhibit includes a fragment from the U-2.

In April 2018, the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) was honored to welcome Francis Gary Powers Jr. at the end of April 2018 when he escorted a group from Senior Outdoor Adventures in Recreation for a tour of the museum. Gary Jr. is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Cold War Museum in Midlothian, Virginia. (See a photo of Gary Jr. at the Museum via the link below.)

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About Us

T he NCF's Vision is to Influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage.

The NCF also provides needed support to the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a unique and priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCF acquires the best artifacts for the Museum and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The Foundation provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and cyber education and careers,  hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events, and honors the people— past, present, and future—whose contributions to our national security protect and make possible our way of life.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCF has a three-part mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.