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

Program Number: 16126RJ
Start and End Dates:
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; 10/14/2015 - 10/18/2015; 11/11/2015 - 11/15/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Political Science; History & Culture
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; 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. Learn the art of espionage, discuss the role of intelligence in an open society, and hear 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 examine 21st century intelligence threats.



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 4 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; 20.00/night on-site garage parking with full in & out privileges; 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 "inhouse" reservations department at 202-337-9700 between 9:00am and 5:00pm EST Monday - Friday, 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 "inhouse" reservations department at 202-337-9700 between 9:00am and 5:00pm EST Monday - Friday, 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:
Onsite and Garage Parking available at the hotel for $20.00 per night with full in & our privileges.
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
 

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

 

Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $80 *prices subject to change
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:

 

Approximately $60 *prices subject to change
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:

 

Approximately $25 *prices subject to change
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:

 

Approximately $20 *prices subject to change
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.)

 
Driving Directions
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE NORTH (I-95) AND BWI AIRPORT Follow the signs to I-95 South to I-495 West toward Silver Spring. Stay on I-495 for about 8 miles. Take exit 34 which is Route 355 South / Wisconsin Avenue. Take a left turn onto Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355 South) and drive about 7 miles. Pass the National Cathedral at Wisconsin Avenue. Savoy Suites Hotel will be on the left at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM RONALD REAGAN AIRPORT Follow the George Washington Parkway north. Follow the signs for Memorial Bridge, stay in the left lane to make a left onto 23rd Street. Follow 23rd Street around Washington Circle onto Pennsylvania Avenue, which becomes M Street at the entrance of Georgetown. Make a right onto Wisconsin Avenue from M Street. Go approximately 14 blocks. Savoy Suites Hotel will be on the right side located at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE EAST Take US Route 50 West towards Washington. Follow the signs for New York Avenue. Continue to the end of New York Avenue at 7thStreet. Take a right onto 7th Street and then a left onto P Street. Continue on P Street to Logan Circle. Drive half way around the circle and continue on P Street towards Dupont Circle. Navigate around this circle and continue on P Street for about 3 miles through the residential neighborhood of Georgetown. Take a right onto Wisconsin Avenue. Go 6 blocks to Savoy Suites Hotel on your right side at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE FROM THE SOUTH (I-95) Take I-95 North to I-395 North towards Washington. You will pass the Pentagon on your left. Continue about ½ mile to the 14th Street Bridge. Take the bridge staying in the left lane following the signs for US Route 1 North. Continue on 14th Street and take a left on I (Eye) Street. I Street will become Pennsylvania Avenue at Washington Circle. Around the circle, continue onto Pennsylvania Avenue which merges onto M Street. Go 6 blocks on M Street and turn right onto Wisconsin Avenue. Drive one mile and end at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue. The hotel will be on your right.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE WEST (I-66) AND DULLES AIRPORT Using the Dulles Access Road, follow the signs for Washington. You will eventually be on I-66 East. You will see the Kennedy Center on your left. Follow the signs for Constitution Avenue. Follow the signs for Constitution Avenue and turn left at 20th Street. Drive 5 blocks and take a left onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue on Pennsylvania Avenue to Washington Circle. Around the circle, continue onto Pennsylvania Avenue which merges onto M Street. Go 6 blocks on M Street and turn right onto Wisconsin Avenue. Drive one mile and end at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue. The hotel will be on your right.
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 / Dinner/ Lecture
(Thursday, March 5)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive at hotel, Check-In at the Front Desk after 3:00pm. Pick up your Welcome Packet from the Group Leader between 3-5:00 in the lobby.
 Afternoon: 5:30-6:00 PM Orientation - Introductions & overvew of itinerary.
 Dinner: 6:00-7:00 PM - Welcome Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Lecture: Art of the Polygraph 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.
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Espionage & Washington DC Spy Tour /National Cryptologic Museum / Evening Counterintelligence Lecture
(Friday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Intro to Espionage: Examine the “intelligence cycle” and learn how intelligence is collected, analyzed, and disseminated to the decision/policy-makers. Then, board a coach and embark on a full city Spy Tour. Familiarize yourself with significant spy events and discover their connection to locations in the Capital. Learn about famous spy cases and find out which ones remain unresolved.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Fieldtrip to the National Security Agency's Cryptologic Museum in Maryland. Discover how codes are broken and explore the museum's abundant collection of Enigma Machines. Return to the hotel for a break before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Lecture: Intelligence Collection and Analysis. While Counterintelligence 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 the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the vital role of military attaches in US embassies worldwide, and the unique Military Liaison Missions in Germany during the Cold War. Finally, discuss the vital importance of our own spies planted in adversial governments, highlighting John's personal connection to a courageous Polish Army officer at the heart of the Soviet Empire.
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Lectures / Free Afternoon and Evening
(Saturday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Join Peter Oleson for his first morning lecture discussing the controversary of Edward Snowden, former National Security Agency subcontractor. After a quick break, Mr. Oleson will present his second lecture, Rethinking Intelligence for the Culture Wars of the 21st Century
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Free afternoon and evening to explore D.C. on your own
 Dinner: dinner on your own
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: International Spy Museum/ Free Time/ Evening lecture
(Sunday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Journey to the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington D.C. and explore the International Spy Museum
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant near the Spy Museum
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel or explore the city on your own for the rest of the afternoon
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Lecture at the hotel: the Art of Espionage with Jon Wiant.
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Program Conclusion / Lecture: Intelligence in an Open Society
(Monday, March 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: At no point in history has the United States faced such a broad array of intelligence challenges. Tackle the tough questions raised by 21st century inteligence threats.
 Afternoon: Program concludes. Check out of the hotel by 12:00pm.
   
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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