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.......

1977: House of Representatives Established Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Sunday, July 14, 2019
1977: House of Representatives Established Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

14 July 1977: The U.S. House of Representatives established Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is the primary committee in the House of Representatives charged with the oversight of the United States Intelligence Community. It shares some jurisdiction with other committees in the House, including the Armed Services Committee, for some matters dealing with the Department of Defense and the various branches of the U.S. military.

The creation of the HPSCI and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence both came about as a result of the recommendations of two congressional investigatory panels established in 1975 to look into allegation of CIA abuses:

The Church Committee, named for its chairman Senator Frank Church of Idaho; and
The Pike Committee in the House, chaired by Representative Otis Pike of New York.

Today, the impact of both committees can be found in the accountability, efficiency, and cohesion of the American Intelligence Community.

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  • GRAB, first reconnaissance satellite, launched. GRAB - ("Galactic Radiation and Background," its cover, or codename TATTLETALE), was the world's first reconnaissance satellite and is on display at the National Cryptologic Museum. Photo from NSA Anniversary Timeline: Naval Research Lab Team at Cape Canaveral for spin test of GRAB1 atop Transit 2A. (Left to right) Martin J. Votaw, George G. Kronmiller, Alfred R. Conover and Roy A. Harding

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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.