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

Program Number: 16126RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/7/2013 - 2/10/2013; 9/3/2014 - 9/7/2014; 11/5/2014 - 11/9/2014; 3/5/2015 - 3/9/2015; 4/8/2015 - 4/12/2015; 5/13/2015 - 5/17/2015; 6/10/2015 - 6/14/2015; 9/16/2015 - 9/20/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Political Science; History & Culture
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Every person sitting on a bench could be waiting for the next drop-off. Behind every monument, a mole may harbor national secrets. On this fascinating adventure at the front line of the world’s spy coterie in Washington, D.C., delve into the treachery of Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen — rogues who triggered devastating consequences to America. Experience lunch at the café where two infamous shopping bags of top-secret intelligence were swapped, learn the difference of simple conversation vs. interrogation, and examine how the U.S. catches spies in the heart of the world capital of intrigue.




Highlights

• Retired intelligence experts take you into their seamy world, uncovering Washington, D.C.’s lesser-known spy history and discussing famous spy cases — from the cracked to the unsolved.
• Explore the International Spy Museum, and learn from the NSA’s Cryptologic Museum how codes are broken — and try out a WW II German Enigma machine.
• Hear from a polygraph specialist, examine the role of defection in counterintelligence, and explore intelligence threats from the likes of Russia, Iran and North Korea.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking, standing in museums for up to two hours.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Washington

From the sophisticated ambiance of Georgetown to the bohemian rush of Adams Morgan, D.C. is a world-class city offering visitors an unparalleled blend of history, politics and culture. One of our nation's magnificent metropolitan creations, it is home to grand monuments, humbling memorials, and some of the country’s most visionary architecture.



Accommodations
Full service, boutique hotel located in upper Georgetown.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
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.
 
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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Savoy Suites Hotel
  Washington, DC 3 nights
 Savoy Suites Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Georgetown!!
  Contact info: 2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007 USA
phone: 202-337-9700
web: www.savoysuites.com
  Room amenities: All suite style rooms. Mid-size refrigerator; cable television; two-line touch-tone phones equipped with data ports, voicemail and automated wake up calls; clock-radio; iron and ironing board; hair dryer; Electronic Key Card locking system.
  Facility amenities: FREE High Speed Wireless Internet Access; FREE on-site garage parking; 24-hour concierge/front desk services; valet services; business office, secretarial, and copying services; late check-in for visitors with guaranteed reservations; complimentary use of the Washington Sports Club, a full-service health club (one block from the hotel); outdoor jogging and bicycling on the towpath of the C&O Canal National Historical Park; room service; complimentary Internet kiosks in our lounge; vending room; coin-operated laundry; complimentary door-to-door Metro shuttle service..
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please call the hotel reservations department at 202-337-9700 to reserve additional nights prior to or following the program. Mention that you are with the Road Scholar group and they will offer you the best possible rate.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: N/A Please call the hotel reservations department at 202-337-9700 to reserve additional nights prior to or following the program. Mention that you are with the Road Scholar group and they will offer you the best possible rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 - 5:00 PM at the hotel. You will be staying at Savoy Suites Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 Noon from the hotel. You will be staying at Savoy Suites Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is no charge to park in the hotel garage. Participants should park outside the hotel, retrieve a parking pass at the front desk, and then enter the parking garage.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Washington, DC
  Nearest city or town:  Alexandria, VA
  Nearest highway: I-66
  Nearest airport:  Reagan National Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Washington, DC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

BWI is the least convenient airport to our location, but often offers the lowest airfares to the DC area.

 

Dulles International Airport (IAD)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

Please make sure to schedule plenty of time to travel from IAD to the hotel (and back).

 

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

6 miles

   

DCA is the closest airport to our location.

 

Union Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15-20 minutes, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Union Station is the end station for Amtrak, MARC and VRE trains. The DC bus terminal (stop for Greyhound, Peter Pan, and other major bus lines) is located two blocks north of Union Station.

 

From all area airports

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-BLU-EVAN
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See "comments" section
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

See section for each individual airport 

 

Distance:

 

See section for each individual airport

   

From BWI: $35 for first guest, $12 for each additional guest, $1 fuel surcharge per person. From IAD: $29 for first guest, $10 for each additional guest, no fuel surcharge. From DCA: $14 for first guest, $10 for each additional guest, no fuel surcharge. (Prices quoted in December 2008, based on using the "shared van" service.)

 

SAVOY SUITES COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE SERVICE

 

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

0.0
Prices are subject to change.

   

Complimentary shuttle service is provided from the ADAMS MORGAN/WOODLEY PARK-ZOO METRO STOP. Please call 202-577-5355 to schedule a pick up. Shuttle Service hours are Monday thru Friday 6:30am - 10:30am & 4:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 12:00pm & 4:00pm - 10:00pm

 
Driving Directions
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE NORTH (I-95) AND BWI AIRPORT -From BWI Airport, follow signs to I-95 South. -Continue on I-95 South to I-495 West toward Silver Spring. -Stay on I-495 about 8 miles. -Take exit 34 which is Route 355 South/Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike. -Take a LEFT turn at the end of the ramp onto Wisconsin Avenue which is also Route 355 South/Rockville Pike. -Continue on Wisconsin Avenue about 7 miles. -Pass the National Cathedral at Massachusetts Avenue. -Go 3 blocks to the Savoy Suites Hotel on your LEFT at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE EAST -Take US Route 50 (West) toward Washington. -Follow signs for New York Avenue. -Continue to the end of New York Avenue at 7th Street. -Take a RIGHT onto 7th Street. -Go 5 blocks on 7th Street. Take a LEFT onto P Street. Continue on P Street to Logan Circle.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE FROM THE SOUTH (I-95) -Follow I-95 North. -At the Capital Beltway take I-395 North toward Washington. In about 5 miles you will pass the Pentagon on your left. -Continue about ½ mile to the 14th Street Bridge. -Continue onto the bridge. -Merge to the LEFT lanes before the end of the bridge. The sign will say “US Route 1 North”. You will come off the bridge onto 14th Street. -Continue straight on 14th Street. -Take a LEFT on I (Eye) Street. -Continue on I Street until it merges with Pennsylvania Avenue (around 20th Street) at Washington Circle. -Go ½ way around Washington Circle and continue on Pennsylvania Avenue. -Continue on Pennsylvania Avenue which merges onto M Street. -Go 6 blocks on M Street. -Take a RIGHT onto Wisconsin Avenue. -Continue on Wisconsin Avenue about 1 mile to the Savoy Suites Hotel on your RIGHT at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE NORTHWEST (I-270) -Take I-270 South toward Washington. -At the Capitol Beltway, follow I-495 East toward Silver Spring/College Park. -Do NOT follow signs that say Washington I-495 West or South. -Continue on I-495 about 1 mile. -Take exit 34 which is Route 355 South/Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike. -Take a LEFT turn at the end of the ramp onto Wisconsin Avenue which is also Route 355 South/Rockville Pike. -Continue on Wisconsin Avenue about 7 miles. -Pass the National Cathedral at Massachusetts Avenue. -Go 3 blocks to the Savoy Suites Hotel on your LEFT at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE WEST (I-66) AND DULLES AIRPORT -From Dulles Airport, take the “Dulles Access Road” (NOT THE TOLL ROAD) to I-66 East. -From other points west, take I-66 EAST toward Washington. -Continue into Washington on I-66. You will see the Kennedy Center on your left. -Follow the signs for Constitution Avenue. -Turn LEFT on 23rd Street shortly after merging onto Constitution Avenue. -Go straight on 23rd Street about 5 blocks, until you get to Washington Circle. -Go ¾ way around Washington Circle and continue on Pennsylvania Avenue. -Continue on Pennsylvania Avenue which merges onto M Street. -Go 6 blocks on M Street. -Take a RIGHT onto Wisconsin Avenue. -Continue on Wisconsin Avenue about 1 mile to the Savoy Suites Hotel on your RIGHT at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation/Introduction to Espionage Lecture
(Thursday, February 7)
   
 Arrive To: Check into hotel between 3:00-5:00 PM and get settled orientation.
 Afternoon: 5:00-6:00 PM- Program Orientation includes introductions, and overview of the itinerary.
 Dinner: 6:00-7:30 PM- Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Introduction to Espionage Lecture: Examine the “intelligence cycle” and learn how intelligence is collected, analyzed, and disseminated to the decision/policy-makers at various levels. Review the various governments agencies that comprise the intelligence community, and discuss the role of counterintelligence in preventing foreign governments, groups, or individuals from accessing our intelligence information. Finally, discuss two of the most recent and notable counterintelligence cases to date involving soviet moles, Robert Hansen and Aldrich Ames.
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Washington DC Spy Tour/Spies of Washington/
(Friday, February 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Board a coach and embark on a full city Spy Tour which will familiarize you with important spy events and their locations. Hear about famous spy cases from experts and find out which ones remain unresolved.
 Lunch: Have lunch at Chadwicks in Georgetown. Though seemingly just another unassuming Georgetown Pub, Chadwicks played an integral role in the Cold War as the setting where on June 16, 1985, CIA counter-inteligence analysist Aldrich Ames provided two shopping bags full of classified information to his KGB handler, compromising the lives of numerous CIA-assets.
 Afternoon: Presentation at the hotel with John Sullivan, a retired CIA Polygraph Examiner. Delve into specific cases from John’s long career, and learn how conducting the test is as much of an art as it is a science. Hear how psychology plays an integral role in a successful polygraph program, and discuss the role of polygraph testing in the context of todays’ ever evolving intelligence community.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Lecture with Dr. Bob Stephan: Clandesetine HUMINT (HUMan INTeligence)
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: International Spy Museum - Operation Spy/National Cryptologic Museum/Final Dinner/ReconnaissanceLecture
(Saturday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Visit the National Security Agency's Cryptologic Museum wher you will discover how codes are broken and explore their abundant collections.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Take a field trip to the International Spy Museum and explore the wonderful exhibits. View their secretive collections from all over the world.
 Dinner: Final dinner
 Evening: While Counter-Intelligence is often seen as a tool to catch “bad guys”, the collection and analysis of intelligence has far-reaching implications at all levels of government. With retired Air Force navigator and intelligence officer John Bessette, examine specific cases, including all sources during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis (not just the U-2), the vital role of military attaches in US embassies worldwide, the unique Military Liaison Missions in Germany during the Cold War. Final discussion will highlight the vital importance of our own spies in high places in adversary governments. Using as an example a courageous Polish Army officer at the heart of the Soviet Empire, John will mention how he was involved and how the US/West benefited.
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Program Conclusion/Lecture on Spy Literature or Current Intelligence Issues
(Sunday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Learn how intelligence is used in current terrorist issues and other dilemmas affecting our nation and global security. Conclude the program with a wrap-up and good-byes.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Washington, DC Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Free. For additional information, visit www.arlingtoncemetery.org
  Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington DC’s oldest art museum presents the art of our times and of times past. The museum is internationally renowned for its collection of American art as well as European paintings and sculpture For additional information, visit www.corcoran.org
  Ford's Theatre
As a living tribute to Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre presents plays and musicals underscoring multi-culturalism and highlighting the eclectic character of American life. For additional information, visit www.fordstheatre.org
  George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Explore George Washington's estate overlooking the Potomac River and discover 45 acres of family fun, including hands-on activities, special tours, river cruises, farm animals, shopping, dining, and more. Open every day! For additional information, visit www.mountvernon.org
  National Mall
A splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens. For additional information, visit nps.gov/nama
  Smithsonian Museums
Explore the many Smithsonian Museums around the National Mall, including the American Indian Museum, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Natural History Museum, and more. For additional information, visit www.si.edu/
  Washington Visitor's Bureau
Visit this website to get a full overview of the many activities and cultural opportunities Washington, DC has to offer. For additional information, visit www.washington.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Capturing Jonathan Pollard


Author: Olive, Ronald J.


Cast No Shadow: The Life of the American Spy Who Changed the Course of World War II


Author: Lovell, Mary S.


Charlie Wilson’s War


Author: Earley, Pete


Gatekeeper: Memoirs of a CIA Polygraph Examiner


Author: Sullivan, John


Of Spies and Lies


Author: Sullivan, John


Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage


Author: Polmar, Norman and Allen, Thomas B.


Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert Hanssen Betrayed America


Author: Wise, David


The Bureau and the Mole


Author: Vise, David


The Movie Breach: A Personal Perspective


Author: Kelley, Brian


Description: Available on the CIA Website at www.cia.gov. In the search box, type “Hanssen.”



The Spy Next Door


Author: Shannon, Elaine and Blackman, Ann


True Believer: Inside the Investigation and Capture of Ana Montes, Cuba’s Master Spy


Author: Carmichael, Scott W.




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