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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Polish mathematicians & code breakers made the first breakthroughs against Nazi Germany's Enigma code.......

May 1991: Travis Trophy Presentation

Saturday, May 1, 2021
May 1991: Travis Trophy Presentation

In May 1991, the annual Travis Trophy for operational excellence was presented by President George H. W. Bush at NSA to the Air Force's 690th Electronic Security Wing, Berlin. He also presented the Director's Trophy to the USMC First Radio Battalion, Kanohe Bay, Hawaii. And during a speech outside the OPS 2A Building, he praised NSA employees for their support during the recently concluded Operation DESERT STORM.

The Travis Trophy was initially presented by Sir Edward Travis, first Director, GCHQ, to the U.S. Army Security Agency and the U.S. Naval Communications Supplementary Activity in 1945 as an award for competitive games. In 1964, with the consent of GCHQ Director Sir Clive Loehnis, it was redesigned by former Director, NSA, Lt. Gen. Gordon A. Blake, USAF, as an annual award to be presented to the U.S. Cryptologic field station making the most significant contribution.

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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.