Event Calendar

NCMF 2018 Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

<b>NCMF 2018 Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium</b>

Location: JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center 11100 John Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723-6099
Description: CRACK THE SKY, SHAKE THE EARTH - This was the message to North Vietnamese forces that they were "about to inaugurate the greatest battle in the history of our country."

At this year's NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium, the featured panel discussions and other program-related presentations will be focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive. Learn more about the panel discussions below. The annual meeting will include updates about the Foundation, Museum, and New Museum Project. Please stay tuned to this Event Calendar page and to our e-newsletters for updates regarding the program, including details about the keynote speaker.

NSA Panel: A distinguished panel of NSA historians and former NSA field personnel who were assigned to the NSA Watch Center in Saigon at the time of the 1968 Tet Offensive will give their firsthand accounts of the series of coordinated surprise attacks on U.S. and ARVN forces that is now considered by many to be the turning point of the Vietnam War.

The discussion will focus on NSA's reporting on the surprise attack and the NSA field office implementation of alternate intercept planning following the first strike on Nha Trang, headquarters of the U.S. I Field Force, during the evening hours of 30 January 1968 and the attack on Saigon early the following morning.

CIA Panel: Adding their perspective will be a separate panel of senior CIA historians who will discuss the Vietnam War and a 50-year look-back on the CIA's involvement in the wars in Southeast Asia. A highlight of the discussion will be a contrast/comparison of the Afghanistan and Vietnam Wars.

Film Clip: Panel discussions will be preceded by a 1968 film clip featuring Walter Cronkite and his proclamation to the American public that the Vietnam War was "unwinnable." This statement and his trip to Vietnam in February 1968 are viewed by many to have begun the erosion of public support for the U.S. war effort in Vietnam.

*** A downloadable flyer to share with friends, colleagues, and others in your community is linked below. Please see the "Call for Volunteers" message below, as we appreciate your help in spreading the word about our valuable and interesting programs.


The registration fee for NCMF members is $25. The fee for non-members is $50 and includes a one-year NCMF basic membership. Registration includes continental breakfast (8:15 to 9:00 am) and lunch (noon to 1pm). Registration deadline is October 12th.

Click the REGISTER NOW link below for safe online registration.
Or pay by check or credit card by mailing to: NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755

For Driving Directions: see jhuapl.edu

Please also remember to check out our book sales in the lobby during lunch and breaks.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: The NCMF is looking for volunteers to help publicize the cryptologic programs we sponsor throughout the year. If you live in a retirement community, belong to a senior center, and/or visit other public places where events can be posted, please consider helping us spread the word. The upcoming NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium on 17 October, which will focus on the Vietnam War, is a case in point. You can download a flyer about the event via the link below. We can also send flyers via post or e-mail, or make them available at the foundation office. Please e-mail cryptmf@aol.com if you are able to help. We encourage you to tell friends and family about these interesting and valuable programs.