Message from Lieutenant General Kenneth A. Minihan, USAF (Ret) Former Director, National Security Agency/Central Security Service; Chairman, Founders’ Group, Cyber Center for Education and Innovation Project Campaign - NCMF
WE ARE ENGAGED IN A VITAL, NEW PUBLIC ENTERPRISE. Our mission is to build and equip the Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI) - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum, dedicated to explaining the vital role cryptology, signals intelligence, and cybersecurity play in defending our nation. It is a personal honor to help lead the rapidly emerging private-public partnership between the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) and the National Security Agency that will seek to make this mission a reality.
The planned state-of-the-art Cyber Center and new National Cryptologic Museum will include iconic exhibits, artifacts, and intelligence stories from NSA and other Intelligence Community organizations that span five centuries of cryptologic history. The Center will help lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the extraordinary collaborative work performed by NSA and their Intelligence Community and Industry partners to provide our nation’s leaders with both critical foreign intelligence, and the protection of our own national communications and information systems from foreign exploitation. The Center is expected to become a focal point in the National Capital region for information dissemination, policy discussion, and education. Among the project’s goals:
To EDUCATE the public, especially the nation’s brightest young minds. As a nationally recognized provider of assured quality cyber education resources focused on K-20 cohorts, our efforts help reduce cyber workforce deficits and current skills shortfalls, thereby promoting cyber professions as a fulfilling career choice.
To STIMULATE public engagement by serving as a venue for robust proactive dialogue on issues of cyber policy, technology, and privacy. As a bridge between government and entrepreneurs, promote innovation to solve our cryptologic challenges. Finally, inspire young students to explore cryptology and other STEM fields of study.
To COMMEMORATE all “those who serve in silence” in the cryptologic mission with valor and distinction, and whose contributions help enhance and preserve our way of life.
While the NSA will assume the operating costs for the new facility, the burden of securing capital construction funding falls to the NCMF. For that reason, we have begun to organize a building campaign seeking roughly $60 million from private and public sources. This campaign is led by a “Founders’ Group” consisting of distinguished and committed leaders from the corporate and philanthropic community—people who share and support the visionary goals of the project and wish to help make it a reality.
I hope you will choose to participate in this most important endeavor by becoming a Founder.
Kenneth A. Minihan
Lieutenant General, United States Air Force (Ret) Chairman, Founders’ Group Campaign for the Cyber Center and National Cryptologic Museum