Welcome to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Did you know?

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

Brigadier General Bernard (Ben) Ardisana, USAF

Brigadier General Bernard (Ben) Ardisana, USAF

Brigadier General Bernard (Ben) Ardisana, USAF, was the assistant chief to the Deputy Directorate for Operations at NSA, the equivalent of today's SID. He was the first Air Force SIGINTer to become a general officer.

Among many achievements, in the 1960s he had much to do with significant improvements to SIGINT communications that enabled the speeds needed for the CRITICOMM system. Brigadier General Ardisana died unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 14, 1978.

In the photograph, Major General Kenneth D. Burns, commander of the USAF Security Service, and Mrs. Betty Ardisana are dedicating a building at Kelly AFB, Texas, to her late husband on July 14, 1976.

THIS MONTH on the

On This Day In History

Calendar

  • Confederate Signal Corps was established. The Confederate Signal Corps accomplished tactical and strategic communications for the warring armies, including electromagnetic telegraphy and aerial telegraphy ("wig-wag" signaling). It included a covert intelligence agency known as the Secret Service Bureau. Remember to explore the NCM's Revolutionary Secrets exhibit during your next visit.

About Us

The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a 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 NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

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 NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.