Welcome to the National Cryptologic Foundation. The NCF provides support for the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM). We strive to influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage.

  • ...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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1987: Iraqi aircraft fired Exocet missiles at USS Stark.

Monday, May 17, 2021
1987: Iraqi aircraft fired Exocet missiles at USS Stark.

17 May 1987: 37 were killed when Iraqi aircraft fired Exocet missiles at USS Stark. Two missiles from an Iraqi F-1 Mirage warplane struck the USS Stark, killing 37 of the sailors aboard. The frigate was a member of a US naval task force sent to the Persian Gulf to keep the Gulf open for shipping during the Iran-Iraq War. The first missile bored deep into the ship but failed to explode; the second missile exploded, incinerating the crew’s quarters, the radar room, and the combat information center. The ship burned for two days. Twenty nine people died from the initial explosion and fire, including two lost at sea. Eight would later die from their injuries. Twenty-one others survived their wounds.

Photo info: "USS Stark" by Service Depicted: NavyCommand Shown: N1601 - ID:DNSC8706412. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Stark.jpg#/media/File:USS_Stark.jpg

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The NCF 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 NCF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

Further, the NCF's Vision is to Influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage.

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