Cryptologic Conferences & Programs

NCF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium

The NCF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium takes place each October. In addition to updates about the Foundation's activities and initiatives, the program typically includes guest speakers, a timely keynote address, and often an expert panel discussion. At times the meeting includes an In Memoriam tribute to Foundation members we have lost in the past year.

The 2021 program will be a shorter program and will be a hybrid event with limited in-person attendance and the option to attend virtually.

Find links below to RECAP PAGES featuring information about and photos from previous Membership Meetings & Symposiums.

Next General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium - 14 October 2021

The 2021 NCF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium will take place on 14 October at the CACI in the National Business Park. Seating will be limited, but the option to attend virtually will also be available. This year's program will be shorter than previous years, with all presentations ending prior to lunch. Our keynote speaker will be Mr. Harry Wetherbee, author (pen name Donald Alexander) and former senior operations officer for the CIA Directorate of Operations. There will also be a booksigning and lunch will be provided, if permitted.

A preliminary draft of the agenda is provided below. Please stay tuned for more details about registration.

2021 - Preliminary Agenda

* Please note this is a preliminary agenda and is subject to change. The 2021 GMM-Annual Symposium will be shorter than previous years. All presentations will be done prior to lunch.

0815-0845 - Coffee and Registration

0845-0905 - Welcome & Memorial Tributes by NCF BoD Chairman Mr. Richard Schaeffer, Jr.

0905-0925 - Opening Remarks

0925-0945 - National Cryptologic Museum Update, National Cryptologic Museum Director Mr. Vince Houghton

0945-1005 – National Cryptologic Foundation Update, NCF President and CEO Ms. Laura Nelson 

1005-1100 -  NCF Education Program Update, NCF Education Director Mr. Mark Loepker

1100-1145 -  Keynote Address, Mr. Harry Wetherbee, Author and Former CIA Directorate of Operations Senior Operations Officer

1145-1200 -  Q & A

1200-1210 -   Closing Remarks by Ms Laura Nelson

1210-1300 -   The Character of a Leader - Book Signing by Mr. Wetherbee 

1215-1300 -   Lunch        

About Our Keynote Speaker

Mr. Harry Wetherbee retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2015 after a 48-year career. Over the course of his career, he served in multiple operational assignments overseas including Moscow, Addis Ababa, New Dehli, Oslo, and Islamabad. A gifted leader, he is well known across the Intelligence Community for his ability to work across multiple agencies to advance our nation’s intelligence capabilities. Upon his retirement, he was the recipient of the George Washington Spymaster Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Intelligence Community.

As the author (using the pen name of Donald Alexander) of The Character of a Leader – A Handbook for the Young Leader, Harry captured his lessons in leadership based on decades of experience, research, and reflection. His book challenges and inspires us to make a difference every day of our lives and reminds us that true leadership requires strength of character and integrity.

Harry received his BA in history from the University of North Carolina in 1967.

HELP US PROMOTE OUR PROGRAMS:  The NCF seeks 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. You can download event flyers from our website. We can also send flyers via post or e-mail, or make them available at the foundation office. Please e-mail if you are able to help. We encourage you to tell friends and family about these interesting and valuable programs.

Please Support the NCF's Book Sale Program

The new and used book sales at NCF programs provide funds to help purchase additional artifacts for the museum. Books may be purchased and then returned after reading for a tax deduction and resale. Subject matter varies, though topics include cryptology, military history, biographies, intelligence matters, terrorism, and more. We also sell some periodicals and novels. The NCM librarian reviews all book donations and keeps some for the museum collection.

Please stop by the Book Sale in the lobby area during our programs. We accept cash and checks, and are adding credit and debit cards. Please help us continue this source of income by contributing and buying books.  

NCF October Program & NSA Symposium on Cryptologic History - Biennial Pairing

Every other year the NCF’s October program coincides with the NSA’s Center for Cryptologic History’s (CCH) bi-ennial Symposium on Cryptologic History. The pairing of the events is often referred to as “Three Days of Cryptologic History” and attracts speakers and attendees from all over the world. When these events occur together, the NCF program takes place on a Wednesday, followed by the CCH Symposium on Thursday and Friday.


*** Click on the program dates below to visit a recap page (when available) with more information and photos.

  • The 2020 General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium was held virtually (for the first time) due to COVID-19. The theme of the program was "A Virtual Afternoon at the Museum." The program featured a virtual tour of select Museum exhibits, Foundation and Museum updates - to include In Memoriam and updates on the campaign to build the CCEI-NCM, Education Program news, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Michael Warner, U.S. Cyber Command Historian and Lt. Col. John Childress, USA. Warner and Childress who spoke on themes from their book, "The Use of Force for State Power: History and Future."

  • The 2019 NCMF symposium featured an exposé of Soviet and Russian active measures to engage in political warfare and to conduct espionage against the U.S. and others using close access and other means. Our guest speakers were directly involved in working to thwart these security threats. In addition, the program included information about NCMF and museum activities as well as an update on the Cyber Center for Education & Innovation and New Museum Project. There was also a special In Memoriam tribute. Click on the date or image to learn more about the speakers and the program.

  • The 20th NCMF Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium focused on the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive and featured NSA and CIA expert panel discussions. The keynote address was provided by Dr. Thomas R. Johnson, former NSA and CIA historian and author of the book American Cryptology During the Cold War 1945-1989: The Complete Declassified Official Four-Volume History of the NSA, The Meeting also included updates about the Foundation, current Museum initiatives, and CCEI/NCM Project progress update. Finally, NSA historian Greg Nedved provided a presentation of "Codetappers." Please click on the date of the program to view the recap page and photos from the event.

  • The 2017 NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium took place on 18 October. The theme of the program was "How Cyber Has Changed the World Around Us" and included opening remarks from NSA's new Deputy Director George Barnes. The program featured Dr. Mary Aiken, renowned Irish forensic cyberpsychologist, award-winning writer Mr. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, and a special panel of cyber experts. The program also included updates about the current museum and the New Museum Project. Click HERE or on the program date to see the program recap page with a gallery of photos from the event.

  • The theme of the 2016 program was "Combating Domestic Terrorism." The agenda included updates about the Foundation, the Museum, and the New Museum Project. There was also a memorial tribute to cryptologic "heroes" Ann Caracristi, Dave Gaddy, and Juanita Moody. The morning guest speaker was Mr. Paul Goldenberg. In the afternoon the program featured guest speaker Ronald Lee, as well as an law enforcement panel discussion featuring state and federal law enforcement experts. Click HERE or on the date of the program for more recap and PHOTOS!

  • The theme of the 17th NCMF General Meeting & Symposium was "The Changing Face of Terrorism." Guest speakers included Mr. Robert Grenier, former director, CIA Counterterrorism Center & author of "88 Days to Kandahar," Mr. David Rohde, author of "A Rope and a Prayer, A Kidnapping from Two Sides," and Ms. Nancy Dillman, former CIA case officer, Afghanistan. Mr. Tahir Luddin who was kidnapped with David Rohde also spoke during the program. Learn about the authors who spoke at the program. The meeting included updates about the NCMF from NCMF President Richard Schaeffer, a Museum update from curator Pat Weadon, and updates about the New Museum Project from Larry Castro, Chief Operating Officer, CCEI-NMP. A special tribute to former NCMF BoD Chairman Lt. Gen Lincoln Faurer was part of the 2015 program. During the program, the lobby area featured book sales, cryptologic displays, guest tables, and the NCMF held a silent auction fundraiser of rare items. View a PDF of the official program. CLICK ABOVE ON PROGRAM DATE OR CLICK HERE TO VIEW EVENT PHOTOS.

  • The theme of the 2014 NCMF 16th General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium was "Effects of the Internet, Social Media, and Open Source Data on Intelligence Analysis." Speakers included Mr. Jonathan Darby, Deputy Director of Analysis and Production at NSA and Mr. John "Chris" Inglis, the US Naval Academy Robert Looker Chair for Cyber Operations (and former Deputy Director, NSA). Additional speakers included Mr. Alex Borhani and Ms. Mirian Fontanez from the FBI and Mr. Martin Peterson (former CIA). There was also a video message from Mr. Richard Ledgett, Deputy Director, NSA. The program included updates from NCMF President Mr. Richard Schaeffer and NCM Curator Mr. Pat Weadon. There was also an update on the new museum project from Mr. Larry Castro. View the Full Program on the EVENT RECAP PAGE.

  • "Safeguarding Intelligence" ~ Keynote address provided by The Honorable Michael Chertoff, founder of the Chertoff Group, and former Secretary, Homeland Security. The program also included guest speakers Mr. John C. (Chris) Inglis, then Deputy Director, NSA, and David Major, retired FBI supervisory special agent and founder/president of Counterintelligence Centre for Security Studies. View the FULL PROGRAM.

  • "Preparing for Cyberwar" ~ Guest speaker, author Joel Brenner, as well as a Panel Discussion on the Future of the Service Cryptologic Components (SCC) in the Digital Cyber Age with Senior Commanders of the SCCs. View the FULL PROGRAM.

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