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

1949: Armed Forces Security Agency created.

Thursday, May 20, 2021
1949: Armed Forces Security Agency created.

20 May 1949: The Armed Forces Security Agency (AFSA), predecessor of NSA, was established within the Department of Defense, under the command of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In theory, the AFSA was to direct the communications intelligence and electronic intelligence activities of the military service signals intelligence units (at the time consisting of the Army Security Agency, Naval Security Group, and Air Force Security Service). All cryptologic activities were centralized under this national organization. The AFSA was eventually re-designated as the NSA.

Learn more about the "Origins of NSA" via the NSA article linked below.

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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.