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NSA, NCMF Lay Out Design Plans for Cyber Center for Education and Innovation

The National Security Agency and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) last week shared information on the design plans for the proposed Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI), set to be built on the NSA-Washington (NSAW) campus at Fort Meade.

The CCEI, a state-of-the-art venue, is expected to include more than 70,000 square-feet of conference space and classrooms, delivering programs to encourage the sharing of knowledge and resources between academia, government, and industry, and aiming to strengthen cyber-security across the country.

NSA CCEI

The center will also be the home of the National Cryptologic Museum, which the NSA says aims to inspire transparency, courtesy of large open floor plans, tall glass windows and skylights, and a well-lit main room.

Founded in 1993 and enriched through a 20-year collaboration between the NSA and the NCMF, the National Cryptologic Museum is an educational tool for cryptologic professions, aiming to motivate analysts, computer scientists, engineers, linguists, and mathematicians.

The museum, which houses the nation’s cryptologic treasures, currently resides inside its original structure, near NSAW’s secure fence line.

NSA also plans on using the new venue to “serve its industry and academic engagements and cyber-security technical exchanges.” The CCEI will also be used for a multitude of unclassified events, such as ceremonies, education and training, and onboarding for new NSA hires.

“One way to increase public trust and confidence in NSA is to enhance our public and private partnerships in support of whole-of-nation cybersecurity efforts. The CCEI will be a key physical manifestation that enables NSA to notably grow and sustain public/private collaborations,” said NSA’s Engagement & Policy Director Natalie Laing.

The CCEI and National Cryptologic Museum will be built by the NCMF, which will then gift the complex to the NSA and the U.S. government.

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