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.

  • ...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.......

1918: BG Marlborough Churchill became Chief, MID.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
1918: BG Marlborough Churchill became Chief, MID.

5 June 1918: BG Marlborough Churchill became Chief, Military Intelligence Division.

Marlborough Churchill (born 1878 in Massachusetts) was a distant relative of Winston Churchill. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1900. He was commissioned in the Field Artillery Branch of the U.S. Army. In 1917, Colonel Churchill served on the general staff of the American Expeditionary Force in France. On 5 June 1918 Churchill, then a Brigadier General, succeeded Ralph Van Deman as head of the Military Intelligence Branch of the War Department. He remained head until 19 August 1920.

Together with Herbert Yardley, he was instrumental in establishing the joint State and War Department's Cipher Bureau, the American Black Chamber. General Churchill is a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.

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  • In July 1993, the National Cryptologic Museum was first opened to NSA employees and their families, and to other members of the Intelligence Community. This photo is of the main exhibit room as it appeared in July 1993 - courtesy of former curator Jack Ingram.

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.