• ...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


Influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, & commemorating our heritage.

1972: Lt. Gen Sam Phillips Becomes DIRNSA....

August 1, 1972

From August 1972 to August 1973, Lt. GEN Samuel Phillips, USAF, served as NSA Director.

General Phillips was also a combat veteran of World War II. He served as a combat pilot with the 364th Fighter Group of the Eighth Air Force, based in England, and completed two combat tours of duty in the European Theater of Operations. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, and the French Croix de Guerre.

He served as director of NASA's Apollo Manned Lunar Landing Program from 1964 to 1969. Though he had little experience with intelligence work, his leadership abilities were considerable. He went on to a fourth star and served as Commander, Air Force Systems Command (COMAFSC) after his term as DIRNSA.

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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.

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