CCEI-NCM Overview & Status
The not-for-profit National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) and the National Security Agency (NSA) established a private-public partnership to create the Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI) - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) facility at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Purpose and Vision:
The CCEI will launch a cross-sector enterprise encouraging governments, industry, and academia to share insights, knowledge, and resources to strengthen cybersecurity protection across U.S. critical infrastructure. We will:
- Educate the American public about the complexities and danger of cyber threats while encouraging the nation's brightest young minds to consider careers in computer science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and linguistics in support of our nation's security and economic well-being.
- Stimulate dialogue on the broad national security, economic and public policy issues emerging from cyber technology proliferation.
- Commemorate cryptologists who "served in silence" with valor and distinction, and whose accomplishments helped to enhance and preserve our way of life.
EDUCATION & INNOVATION CENTER COMPLEX WILL INCLUDE:
- Cyber education, conference, and training center
- State-of-the-art museum of cryptology
- World class research and rare books library
- Memorial Air Park
*The new facility will represent a 400% increase in square footage and nearly 9 times the current conference capacity.
STATUS OF THE COMPLEX
- Site secured, wetlands permit and project Environmental Assessment approved, and grading permits in final coordination
- $4.0 million planning and design matching grant funding obtained from State of Maryland
- $13 million in pledges and contributions from private sources secured
- Design Development (50% design) and associated cost estimate and subsequent Value Engineering complete; Construction Documents (95%) completed in November 2017.
- Congressional authorization for gifting of the completed Facility to NSA with lease back of conference portion to NCMF (enacted and signed by the President)
- Exhibit Design underway by Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), a premier exhibit and media design company; initial Exhibit Concept and Schematic Design complete, and Design Development underway
- Gilbane Building Company on board as the project's Construction Manager
Construction Start Date: 4th Quarter 2018
As we continue our campaign to build the new Cyber Center for Education & Innovation and home of the National Cryptologic Museum, we periodically receive questions about how the construction of the new facility may impact the current museum.
For the most part, the construction of the new facility will not impact current museum operations. Once the new facility is completed, the current museum will be razed. There will be a period of one to two months where the current museum will have to shut down in order to move selected artifacts to the new facility. However, that time period has yet to be determined and is at least two years away.