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Thinkers and problem solvers are wanted for Series 2 of JHU-APL's CREATE Challenge. Check it out and Join today!

In May 2019, a special contingent of NSA and NCMF representatives visited 2018 Hall of Honor Inductee Dick Bernard in his home state to present him with his plaque and other items of gratitude for his invaluable contributions. Thank you to NSA for sharing photos of this special event.

Congratulations to the MD History Day recipients of the NCMF Special Awards. This year featured winners of the new Eugene J. Becker Award for Excellence in Cybersecurity & Cryptology, as well as the Maj Gen John E,. Morrison Award for Excellence and Innovation.

Many thanks to ALL who came out to celebrate with us at the 2019 Armed Forces & National Police Celebration on 18 May. Check out photos from a variety of the day's activities and events.

Dr. Terry Thompson provides us with a thorough and insightful review of the Mueller Report. He highlights the tremendous service provided by the Mueller investigation in regard to the cyber tactics, techniques, and procedures used by the Russians in a coordinated effort to sow discord in American public opinion and affect the 2016 elections.

Nisei members of the Military Intelligence Service were discriminated against by their own country—even as they worked to protect it.

Love solving puzzles & brain teasers? The JHU-APL invites you to participate in the CREATE Better Reasoning study.

Join us in congratulating NCMF BoD member Lt. General Kenneth A. Minihan on his upcoming induction into the Cyber Security Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

New York City announces the launch of partnership to combat cyber attacks....

Spy novelist and former Army Signal Officer Payne Harrison reviews three SIGINT-related works for Brush Pass on

Learn about the famous Kryptos sculpture, and about the CNN documentary that NCMF board member Ms. Elonka Dunin plays a starring role in. Plus see some of Elonka's Kryptos photos from her most recent visit.

Is the Trump administration's cybersecurity strategy weak on accountability?

US Navy Senior Chief Cryptologic (Interpretive)Technician Shannon M. Kent was honored on 28 Feb 2019 at a ceremony at the National Security Agency during which her name became the 177th on the Cryptologic Memorial Wall.

Gen Paul Nakasone's article, "A Cyber Force for Persistent Operations," in the January 2019 edition of Joint Forces Quarterly, describes an important new strategy adopted by USCYBERCOM. See summary, article, and transcript of interview with Gen Nakasone.

Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent was part of the military’s top-tier Special Operations forces. Officially a chief petty officer in the Navy, she actually worked closely with the National Security Agency, to target leaders of the Islamic State. Learn about her in this NY Times article.

Interested in anything SIGSALY-related? In this article for IEEE Spectrum, Jon D. Paul explains how he recreated (using vintage parts) a key component of the SIGSALY - the quantizer, which digitized speech.

Congratulations to NCMF Board Member Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer III for selection into the 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame for his invention of the Digital Protection Relay.

This article Dr. Terry Thompson wrote for The Conversation focuses on Russian disinformation and ways the Baltic countries are actively working against it.

In 1928, Elizebeth & William Friedman sent out their now famous holiday crypto-cablegrams. In 2017, NCM friends Bill & Jew-Lee Briere honored the Friedman couple and created a crypto-cablegram in their honor!

On 28 November 2018, a ceremony was held at NSA to honor the five most recent inductees to the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor. Learn more via our Hall of Honor page....

In late November 2018, a special event was held at the NCM to recognize the Crypto Cup 2018 winners and Eagle Alliance volunteers.

In October 2018, the NCMF held a ceremony to honor special donations made in honor of Eugene Becker. As a result of those donations, the Foundation established the Eugene J. Becker Award for Excellence in Cybersecurity and Cryptology.

A review of the "National Cyber Strategy of the United States," released 20 September 2018. The new strategy is the first update since the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace was published in 2003.

Meet Meredith Schorr, a junior from DePaul School of Hospitality, who served an important role this past summer with the Foundation.

NCM acquires wireless communications receiver (WJ-8692) from DRS in August 2018.

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