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

Did you know?

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

1943: First Bombe to Nebraska Ave.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

1 September 1943: First Bombe shipped to U.S. Navy's Nebraska Avenue Building in Washington, DC.

Allied intelligence used cryptanalytic "Bombes" to help decrypt signals encrypted by the German Enigma machine. The "Bombe" deck at the U.S. Navy's Nebraska Avenue building in Washington, D.C. housed over 100 of these 2.5 ton machines. Allied knowledge gained from Enigma assisted in winning the Battle of the Atlantic and facilitated the end of WWII. The National Cryptologic Museum houses the world's only remaining "Bombe."

In the included U.S. Navy photo: A Bombe electromechanical codebreaking machine built at the Naval Computing Machine Laboratory in the National Cash Register plant, Dayton, Ohio. The Bombe shown was in operation in 1943 at the Navy Communications Supplementary Activity on Nebraska Ave. in Washington, D.C. Bombes simulated the rotor movements of the four-rotor Enigma coding machine carried by German submarines. As the war progressed the Bombes were supplanted by much faster all-electronic machines with electronic ring counters simulating the rotors.

Return To List

THIS MONTH on the

On This Day In History

Calendar

  • National Cryptologic Museum opened to NSA/CSS personnel, their families, & to other members of Intelligence Community.

About Us

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.

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.

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.