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

  • ...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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1917: U.S. Army MI-8 Established.

Thursday, June 10, 2021
1917: U.S. Army MI-8 Established.

10 June 1917: Establishment of the U.S. Army Code and Cipher Section, MI-8.

In 1917, Herbert O. Yardley was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps, and was tasked with setting up MI-8. After the war, the Army and the State department decided to jointly fund MI-8 and Yardley continued as head of the "Cipher Bureau," or "American Black Chamber."

From World War I and the Origins of U.S. Military Intelligence - By James L. Gilbert

"The establishment of MI-8 was the first time the US placed cryptology on par with other major powers. In total, MI-8 read over 10,000 messages, and solved 50 codes and ciphers of 8 different nations. With the assistance of the Radio Intelligence Service, Yardley and his staff had furnished the United States' leadership with crucial insights as to the intentions of various foreign leaders and worked alongside counterintelligence in successfully bringing to conclusion a number of its most high-profile cases. Riverbank Labs and MI-8 also successfully trained the Army's cryptologists...."

Learn more about Yardley and the Cipher Bureau via the links below.

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About Us

T he NCF's Vision is to Influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage.

The NCF also provides needed support to the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a unique and 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 Museum and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

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 has a three-part mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.