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Spies, Lies and Intelligence: The Shadowy World of International Espionage

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John Sullivan

For 31 years, John Sullivan served as a polygraph examiner, team leader and recruiter in the CIA’s polygraph division. During the Vietnam War, he was regarded as one of the agency’s top examiners and conducted more tests than any other CIA agent. He is the author of "Of Spies and Lies: A CIA Lie Detector Remembers Vietnam," and "Gatekeeper: Memoirs of a CIA Polygraph Examiner."

Carol Bessette

Carol Bessette is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and a Vietnam veteran. For 15 years, Carol was a docent at the Hillwood Museum and Gardens. She specializes in teaching the history of Washington, D.C., the Civil War, First Ladies, African American history, and is known for her tremendous knowledge of the espionage sites throughout the nation’s capital.

Dr. Bob Stephan

With more than four decades of experience in the intelligence field, Dr. Bob Stephan worked for the CIA’s National Clandestine Service (NCS) as a counterintelligence officer, working against Russian, Iranian, North Korean and others. Additionally, he served for 11 years in several overseas assignments, including as a Russian linguist for the USAF Electronic Security Command. Dr. Stephan is the author of the book, “Stalin's Secret War, Soviet Counterintelligence against the Nazis, 1941-1945.”

Dan Mulvena

Daniel Mulvenna served as a case officer and senior analyst for over 20 years with the Security Service of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. For most of his career, he worked in counterintelligence and counterterrorism, both in the field and at Security Service headquarters. As a counter espionage specialist during the Cold War, he worked primarily against the Russian Intelligence Services, KGB and GRU (Russian Military Intelligence.) Dan retired from government service in 1978, and for the next 19 years served as director of global security and risk management for two Fortune 100 multinational corporations. Since 1997, he has been a Washington-based security and risk management consultant to international corporations and institutions. Dan also lectures on counterintelligence and counterterrorism, and provides training on both to the U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement communities.

John Bessette

John Bessette earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was hired by Boeing upon graduation. He received navigator and navigator-bombardier training, serving in Virginia, Tennessee, Germany and Vietnam. John later became an intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency and NATO, and acted as a civilian intelligence analyst on Soviet military and civil air transport.

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