Cryptologic Conferences & Programs

NCMF Quarterly Cryptologic Programs

NCMF Quarterly Cryptologic Program Speakers

The Foundation sponsors quarterly programs featuring speakers well versed on subjects of professional interest to its members, usually in the areas of cryptology and intelligence. Guest speakers are well-known experts in the field and have often authored books which are made available during the program.

The Spring and Summer programs typically take place in March and June and, as noted above, feature a particular topic and guest speaker.

The third quarterly program, held in October, is also the General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium. Every other year, the October program coincides with the NSA's 2-day Symposium on Cryptologic History, thus creating a THREE DAYS OF CRYPTOLOGY. For a recap and photos from past NCMF October programs, please see the "Previous Programs" section of the General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium page.

The final quarterly program (typically in December) traditionally features presentations related to intelligence or cryptologic events surrounding Pearl Harbor.

See the "Previous Programs" area below for details about previous year's topics and speakers.

Upcoming Program: 27 March 2019

The NCMF's 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program will feature special guest speaker Mr. C. Eric "Rick" Estberg, author of the book Berlin Daze. Following his presentation, a book signing and lunch will take place from 1145 to 1300. Books will be available for purchase for $20. Learn more about Mr. Estberg, his presentation, and his book below.

Rick's presentation will be based on his recently published book, Berlin Daze, which recounts dozens of his adventures and unique experiences over a seven-year period in walled West Berlin, both as an Army NCO, as well as an NSA civilian. As a "Cold Warrior" he served literally on the front lines, separated by only a few miles from hundreds of thousands of Soviet and East German soldiers. Unlike others who spent much of a career in those days simply training for some possible future crisis, Rick actually lived his real-world mission, day-in and day-out, along with hundreds of others of talented, dedicated military and civilian intelligence specialists.

Through exciting, intriguing, humorous, entertaining, and even sometimes bawdy recollections, Rick's memory bank never seems to run dry. Whether it was accidentally getting locked inside the closed Tempelhof Airport, being asked by an East German to help him escape across the Wall, sitting all of 30 feet from a notorious spy, meeting former Nazi SS officers at their old (and his current) barracks, saluting Russian army privates while clearing checkpoints at the edge of Berlin, or editing an underground newspaper, there seems to have not been a single week in those years in Berlin when something noteworthy wasn't taking place. Rick will share some of these fascinating stories and insights during his presentation. He will be available for book signing after the presentation. Books will be available for purchase ($20) at the event.

The registration fee includes lunch and is $25 for members and guests. For your convenience, we offer easy online registration. Click the red REGISTER NOW button to complete online registration. Or you may mail-in your registration fee. Please mail checks to NCMF - P.O. Box 1682 Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755-9998 and provide names of all registrants. For more details, please call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436. ***Deadline for registration is 25 March 2019.*****

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Rick Estberg


C. Eric "Rick" Estberg joined the Army just after graduating from Ripon College in Wisconsin. He served as a linguist at the Army Field Station Berlin in the late 1970s prior to getting hired at NSA in 1980. Within three years he had returned to Field Station Berlin, for an extended assignment. Over the course of a nearly 40-year career at NSA, Rick has held numerous positions, including linguist/reporter, senior policy staff officer, Director's speech writer, Brookings Fellow, chief of staff at the Interagency OPSEC Support Staff (where, in 4+ years, he delivered over 400 presentations to audiences totaling over 32,000), intelligence adviser at NATO Hq in Brussels, and, presently, the country desk officer for a major foreign partner.

Rick holds a BA from Ripon in German and education, another BA from University of Maryland in history, and an MA in international relations from Boston University. His awards include the Agency's Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He is married to a recent NSA retiree, Lucie Estberg, and has two adult sons. His hobbies include writing, public speaking, and community theater (he has appeared in a dozen productions in the Annapolis area in the past six years).


Berlin Daze by C. Eric Estberg

Mr. Estberg's book, Berlin Daze, is a detailed, accurate and personal account of an intelligence professional's life as an Army - and later civilian - linguist assigned to Army Field Station Berlin. Located atop a rubble mountain known as Teufelsberg, FS Berlin monitored the activities of tens of thousands of Soviet and East German troops stationed only miles away. Mr. Estberg shares unique insider information on his job as an "electronic spy" 100 miles behind the Iron Curtain and recounts dozens of stories about life in the high-stress environment of West Berlin during the Cold War.

Previous Quarterly Programs

Short summaries of some of our previous quarterly programs are provided below. CLICK on the title of each to view a recap page, if available. (Note - Visit the NCMF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium page for summaries of previous annual meetings.)

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