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-CCH's two-day Symposium on Cryptologic History, thus creating a THREE DAYS OF CRYPTOLOGY. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next CCH Symposium on Cryptologic History has been moved to Spring 2022. 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 Virtual Program: 29 January 2020: American Codebreakers at Bletchley Park, 1941-1945

Summer 2020 Program

Iconic manor house at Bletchley Park circa 1939. The building housed the senior leadership and the trees to the right of the building were removed to build the huts where the codebreaking teams worked.

join us on Friday, 29 January at 10:00 to 11:00 am EST for our first virtual program of 2021, "American Codebreakers at Bletchley Park, 1941-1945," to be held via Zoom webinar

Dr. David Sherman will discuss 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. His monograph on the 1941 mission, The First Americans, is available online from the Center for Cryptologic History.

The program will be free. Please CLICK HERE to register. During the week prior to the program, you will receive an email with details about accessing the program.

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About the Speaker

Dr. David Sherman retired from the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service in 2017. He served for 32 years at the National Security Agency, where he held a variety of managerial, analytic, and staff positions. He also held positions on the staffs of the National Security Council and National Economic Council and represented NSA to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was Dean of Academic Programs and Visiting Professor at the National War College from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining the government, he was Adjunct Faculty at Cornell University where he taught for four years.

Dr. Sherman is a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Society for Intelligence History and advises the National Cryptologic Museum on its collections and exhibits. Dr. Sherman holds the following degrees:

Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1985
Diploma, Alexander S. Pushkin Institute of the Russian Language, 1983
Master of Arts, Cornell University, 1980
Bachelor of Arts, Duke University, 1977


“Ann’s War:  One Woman’s Journey to the Codebreaking Victory over Japan.”  Winner, 2017 Cryptologic Literature Award.  National Security Agency/Center for Cryptologic History, August 2019. 

“Barbara Tuchman’s The Zimmermann Telegram:  Secrecy, Memory, and History.”  Journal of Intelligence History, 18/2 (2020), 125-148.

 “The First Americans:  The 1941 US Codebreaking Mission to Bletchley Park.” National Security Agency/Center for Cryptologic History, October 2016.  Winner, 2015 Cryptologic Literature Award, National Security Agency. 

“Fire! How Two Infernos Remade an Adirondack Village.”  To be published by Adirondack Life, January 2021.

“From Improvisation to Permanence:  The Anglo-American Signals Intelligence Relationship, 1940-1950.”  Journal of Intelligence History, 18/1 (2019), 63-85.

“Introducing a New Cryptologia Series: Sources and Methods for Cryptologic History.”  With Betsy Rohaly Smoot and Robert J. Hanyok. Cryptologia, 44/1 (2020), 79-81.

“Marshall and the Codebreakers.” Marshall: The Magazine of the George C. Marshall Foundation. Spring 2017, pp. 14-21. 

“The National Security Agency and the William F. Friedman Collection.” Cryptologia, 41/3 (2017), 195-238.

“Nicanor and Ellen:  Nineteenth-Century Innkeepers in the High Peaks.”  Adirondack Life, 51/5 (July/August 2020), 78-81.

“Sources and Methods for Cryptologic History: The William and Elizebeth Friedman Collections.” Cryptologia, 44/3 (2020), 267-79.

 “Training the Codebreakers.” Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Summer 2019, 41. 

 “William Friedman and Pearl Harbor.” Intelligence and National Security, 33/3 (2018), 309-23. With commentary by Uri Bar-Joseph, Haifa University; Richard K Betts, Columbia University; Erik J. Dahl, Naval Postgraduate School; Michael S. Goodman, Kings College, London; Kenneth Lasoen, Ghent University, Belgium; and James Wirtz, Naval Postgraduate School.

Panels & Presentations

“The Codebreakers’ War: David Kahn, the Government, Macmillan, and the Making of a Cryptologic Masterpiece.”  2019 Cryptologic History Symposium.  The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. October 18, 2019.

“Declassification and Release of William Friedman’s Official Papers.” George C. Marshall Foundation, Lexington, Virginia.  April 23, 2015. With Betsy Rohaly Smoot and Sarah Parsons.

“The Making of a Codebreaker: The Case of Ann Caracristi.” North American Society of Intelligence Historians 2019 Conference. Washington, D.C. October 21, 2019.

“The National Security Agency and the William Friedman Collection.”  2015 Cryptologic History Symposium. With Sarah Parsons and Robert Simpson. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. October 22, 2015.

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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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