Cryptologic Programs

Past NCF Cryptologic Programs (Virtual)

The NCF hosts quarterly cryptologic programs, as well as an annual Membership Meeting & Symposium featuring guest speakers. We also partner with the NSA's Center for Cryptologic History in promoting various programs & lectures. During our Anniversary year (April 2021-April 2022), we are hosting a variety of additional special programs and talks, such as our kickoff event in April 2021 that featured a panel of former NSA directors. If you are interested in seeing recaps and photos from prior in-person programs, please visit the Quarterly Programs page or Membership Meeting & Symposium page.


  • The Center for Cryptologic History and the NCF co-hosted the 18th Cryptologic History Symposium. The event was held virtually via the Microsoft Teams Live Events. The theme for the 18th Cryptologic History Symposium was “Icons and Innovation.” Please click on the Date/Title of Program to learn more about this biennial Symposium and for a link to the Final 2022 Program with additional links to videos.

  • The 24th National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) General Membership Meeting & Annual Cryptologic Symposium was sponsored by the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). The program included inaugural Education Program awards, honors for former staff and volunteers, and In Memoriam tributes. Special guest speakers included Ms. Betsy Rohaly Smoot and Mr. Harry Wetherbee. In addition, Ms. Natalie Laing provided remarks from the National Security Agency (NSA) and Dr. Vince Houghton provided an update about the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM). From the NCF, Jessica Peker provided a thorough update about the Foundation's Education Program and CEO Laura Nelson provided updates about major Foundation activities and the status of the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI) (facility). Please click on the Date/Title of this program for complete details, remarks, photos, and links to videos.

  • Our Winter 2022 Cryptologic Program took place via Zoom on 26 January from 1-2:30 pm EST, and featured Mr. Tony Comer, retired GCHQ historian and Dr. John Ferris, author of "Behind the Enigma: The Authorised History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber Intelligence Agency." The program was moderated by Dr. David Sherman. Click on the title to learn more and view a recording of the program.

  • The 2021 NCF General Membership Meeting was held via Zoom and was a scaled back program. Our annual meeting typically includes a symposium featuring one or more guest speakers. Due to Covid, we opted to only feature the meeting and hold our guest speakers for a future in-person event. Click on the date/title to see a recording of the program and/or to view or download the meeting's slides.

  • As part of the NCF's 25th Anniversary celebration, we presented a virtual program on 14 Sept 2021 featuring former principal deputy directors of national intelligence - including General Michael V. Hayden, USAF (Ret), Dr. Donald Kerr, and Ms. Stephanie O' Sullivan. NPR National Security Correspondent Mr. Greg Myre moderated the program. Please click on the date of the program to learn more and watch the recording.

  • The NCF 2021 Spring Cryptologic Program took place virtually via Zoom webinar on 13 May 2021 and featured Dr. Robert Spalding, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret). Dr. Spalding's presentation, “What’s to Follow in 2021? From Coronavirus to Taiwan – the new Chinese Communist Party," focused on his recent and very timely book, "Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept."

  • On 14 April 2021, the Foundation hosted a special virtual event to kick-off our 25th Anniversary with a rare virtual panel discussion featuring six former NSA directors. Former directors who participated on the panel included: ADM Bobby Inman, USN (Ret); ADM William Studeman, USN (Ret); VADM J. Michael McConnell, USN (Ret); Lt Gen Kenneth Minihan, USAF (Ret); GEN Keith Alexander, USA (Ret); and ADM Michael Rogers, USN (Ret). The discussion was moderated by Greg Myre, National Security Correspondent, NPR who did an exceptional job!

  • "American Codebreakers at Bletchley Park, 1941-1945," featured Dr. David Sherman and was held via Zoom webinar. Dr. Sherman discussed a secret February 1941 U.S. visit to Britain’s wartime codebreaking center and how it set the stage for the enduring partnership that emerged after World War II, a partnership often called the closest and most important relationship in the history of intelligence.