NCMF General Membership Meeting & Symposium

NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium

The NCMF General Meeting & Annual Symposium takes place each October. In addition to updates from the NCMF president, New Museum Project, and the NCM’s curator, the program includes guest speakers, a timely keynote address, and often features an expert panel discussion. The event includes breakfast and lunch. The lobby area features cryptologic displays, book sales, guest booths, and the NCMF holds a silent auction of rare items. Non-members receive a one-year basic NCMF membership with registration.

Next General Membership Meeting & Symposium - October 2018

Please Support the NCMF's Book Sale Program

The new and used book sales at NCMF programs provide funds to help purchase additional artifacts for the museum. Books may be purchased and then returned after reading for a tax deduction and reselling. Subject matter varies widely, though many books feature cryptology, military histories, biographies, intelligence matters, terrorism and the like. We also sell some periodicals and novels. The National Cryptologic Museum librarian reviews all book donations and keeps some for the museum collection.

So please stop by the Book Sale table in the lobby area during our Quarterly Cryptologic Programs and Membership Meeting/Symposium. We accept cash and checks, and are adding credit and debit cards for following programs. Please help us continue this source of income by contributing and buying books.  


NCMF October Program & NSA Cryptologic History Symposium - Biennial Pairing

Every other year the NCMF’s October program coincides with the NSA’s Center for Cryptologic History’s (CCH) bi-ennial Cryptologic History Symposium. The pairing of the events is often referred to as “Three Days of Cryptologic History” and attracts speakers and attendees from all over the world. The next pairing of these events will take place in October 2019. When these events occur together, the NCMF program takes place on a Wednesday, followed by the CCH Symposium on Thursday and Friday. There is also a workshop and tour offered at the National Cryptologic Museum on Saturday.

Previous GMM Programs


  • The 2017 NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium took place on 18 October. The theme of the program was "How Cyber Has Changed the World Around Us" and included opening remarks from NSA's new Deputy Director George Barnes. The program featured Dr. Mary Aiken, renowned Irish forensic cyberpsychologist, award-winning writer Mr. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, and a special panel of cyber experts. The program also included updates about the current museum and the New Museum Project. Click HERE or on the program date to see the program recap page with a gallery of photos from the event.

  • The theme of the 2016 program was "Combating Domestic Terrorism." The agenda included updates about the Foundation, the Museum, and the New Museum Project. There was also a memorial tribute to cryptologic "heroes" Ann Caracristi, Dave Gaddy, and Juanita Moody. The morning guest speaker was Mr. Paul Goldenberg. In the afternoon the program featured guest speaker Ronald Lee, as well as an law enforcement panel discussion featuring state and federal law enforcement experts. Click HERE or on the date of the program for more recap and PHOTOS!

  • The theme of the 17th NCMF General Meeting & Symposium was "The Changing Face of Terrorism." Guest speakers included Mr. Robert Grenier, former director, CIA Counterterrorism Center & author of "88 Days to Kandahar," Mr. David Rohde, author of "A Rope and a Prayer, A Kidnapping from Two Sides," and Ms. Nancy Dillman, former CIA case officer, Afghanistan. Mr. Tahir Luddin who was kidnapped with David Rohde also spoke during the program. Learn about the authors who spoke at the program. The meeting included updates about the NCMF from NCMF President Richard Schaeffer, a Museum update from curator Pat Weadon, and updates about the New Museum Project from Larry Castro, Chief Operating Officer, CCEI-NMP. A special tribute to former NCMF BoD Chairman Lt. Gen Lincoln Faurer was part of the 2015 program. During the program, the lobby area featured book sales, cryptologic displays, guest tables, and the NCMF held a silent auction fundraiser of rare items. View a PDF of the official program. CLICK ABOVE ON PROGRAM DATE OR CLICK HERE TO VIEW EVENT PHOTOS.

  • The theme of the 2014 NCMF 16th General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium was "Effects of the Internet, Social Media, and Open Source Data on Intelligence Analysis." Speakers included Mr. Jonathan Darby, Deputy Director of Analysis and Production at NSA and Mr. John "Chris" Inglis, the US Naval Academy Robert Looker Chair for Cyber Operations (and former Deputy Director, NSA). Additional speakers included Mr. Alex Borhani and Ms. Mirian Fontanez from the FBI and Mr. Martin Peterson (former CIA). There was also a video message from Mr. Richard Ledgett, Deputy Director, NSA. The program included updates from NCMF President Mr. Richard Schaeffer and NCM Curator Mr. Pat Weadon. There was also an update on the new museum project from Mr. Larry Castro. View the Full Program on the EVENT RECAP PAGE.

  • "Safeguarding Intelligence" ~ Keynote address provided by The Honorable Michael Chertoff, founder of the Chertoff Group, and former Secretary, Homeland Security. The program also included guest speakers Mr. John C. (Chris) Inglis, then Deputy Director, NSA, and David Major, retired FBI supervisory special agent and founder/president of Counterintelligence Centre for Security Studies. View the FULL PROGRAM.

  • "Preparing for Cyberwar" ~ Guest speaker, author Joel Brenner, as well as a Panel Discussion on the Future of the Service Cryptologic Components (SCC) in the Digital Cyber Age with Senior Commanders of the SCCs. View the FULL PROGRAM.