Upcoming Event: 2017 National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) Summer Cryptologic Program

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2017 NCMF Summer Cryptologic Program Followed by NCM WWI Panel Discussion


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
NCMF Program: CACI, Inc., 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. WWI Discussion - at the National Cryptologic Museum.

Please join us for the 2017 NCMF Summer Program featuring Dr. David Priess, former CIA Intelligence Officer and author of the best seller The President’s Book of Secrets. The program will take place at CACI, Inc., 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. Registration is now open (see link below) and is $20 for all guests. Visit the NCMF table during lunch for special gifts for non-members who decide to join the Foundation. You can also see a flyer for the event via a link at the end of the page.


Also on 20 June, just after the NCMF Summer Program, and as part of the ongoing WWI Centennial, the Museum and Center for Cryptologic History will host a WWI Panel Discussion: Decoding The Great War and Presentation of the new World War One Exhibit at the National Cryptologic Museum. See below for information about presentations and speakers.

Cryptology is a field seldom studied or considered by historians and military history enthusiasts. However, the study of codes and ciphers has played a crucial part in shaping world history. Key decisions made on battlefields throughout time and throughout the world were frequently the result of intelligence collected by those who served in silence. World War I was no different. The advent of telephone and radio as a means of communications brought new challenges to military commanders and political leaders to disseminate and protect information. Three experts from the world's leading cryptologic organizations talk about the impact of cryptology from their unique perspectives of the evolution of intelligence collection, code making and code breaking during WWI, and Native American Code Talkers as the first secure voice communicators.

This special event will feature the following presentations & speakers:

Presentation 1: 1305 - World War I as an Intelligence Revolution, Michael Warner, Command Historian, U.S. Cyber Command. The war altered many aspects of intelligence profoundly, and added new fields of the intelligence craft that had not existed before 1914. By the war's end, none of the major combatants ran their intelligence functions as they had at the conflict's beginning. No other conflict changed intelligence as much in so few years. Author and historian Michael Warner presents the evolution of intelligence collection on the battlefield from something virtually discounted to a major part of tactical and strategic decision making.

Presentation 2: 1325 - An Ear to the Air and an Ear to the Ground: Radio Intelligence in the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1918, Betsy Rohaly Smoot, Historian, Center for Cryptologic History, National Security Agency. This overview by the top World War I expert at the Agency's Center for Cryptologic History will cover cryptologic work in the American Expeditionary Forces. The presentation, supported by photographs and illustrations, will include stories of COMINT (communications intelligence) work and code making during The Great War. This presentation will be suitable for the general public and people who are interested in WWI but who have no specific cryptologic background.

Presentation 3: 1345 - Native American Code Talkers: the Secret Weapon of World War I, Dr. Steve Huffman, Retired Research Analyst, National Security Agency. The extraordinary story of Native American Code Talkers began in the trenches of France in World War I. The advent of telephone and radio gave military commanders a powerful new tool for command and control on the massive battlefields of that war, but also made their communications uniquely vulnerable to enemy eavesdropping. Native American Code Talkers in the U.S. Army provided perhaps the only truly secure method of voice communication used in that war, shortening battles and saving lives. This talk will tell the story of those first code talkers.

Q&A: 1345 - 1400
1405 - 1430: Presentation of World War 1 Display - Betsy Rohaly Smoot