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Spies, Lies & Intelligence: The World of International Espionage

Discover a world of espionage and learn about spy history and 21st-century intelligence threats as you explore the nation’s capital and its museums with intelligence experts.
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Program No. 16126RJ
Length
5 days
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1,499
Washington D.C.

Spies, Lies & Intelligence: The World of International Espionage

Discover a world of espionage and learn about spy history and 21st-century intelligence threats as you explore the nation’s capital and its museums with intelligence experts.
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,499
Program No. 16126 RJ
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Sep 1 - Sep 5, 2021
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1,499
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This program departure will not be visiting the National Cryptologic Museum.

Oct 6 - Oct 10, 2021
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1,499
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Nov 3 - Nov 7, 2021
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1,499
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Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2022
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Apr 13 - Apr 17, 2022
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May 4 - May 8, 2022
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Sep 7 - Sep 11, 2022
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Oct 5 - Oct 9, 2022
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Nov 2 - Nov 6, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
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Sep 1 - Sep 5, 2021
Starting at
1,839
Itinerary Note

This program departure will not be visiting the National Cryptologic Museum.

Oct 6 - Oct 10, 2021
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1,839
Itinerary Note

This program departure will not be visiting the National Cryptologic Museum.

Nov 3 - Nov 7, 2021
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1,839
Itinerary Note

This program departure will not be visiting the National Cryptologic Museum.

Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2022
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1,879
Apr 13 - Apr 17, 2022
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1,879
May 4 - May 8, 2022
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1,879
Sep 7 - Sep 11, 2022
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1,879
Oct 5 - Oct 9, 2022
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1,879
Nov 2 - Nov 6, 2022
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1,879

At a Glance

The United States’ 16 national intelligence agencies have always been shrouded in secrecy. Now, some of their covert cases have been marked unclassified. On this fascinating adventure at the front line of the world’s spy coterie in Washington, D.C., delve into the history of covert intelligence in America and hear about the changing role of the CIA through America’s changing culture, foreign policy and politics. Learn about the art of espionage, find out how spies are recruited and hear stories of the many women who fly below the radar as master spies.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking, standing in museums for up to two hours.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Retired intelligence experts and an NSA officer 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 NSA’s Cryptologic Museum, the National Law Enforcement Museum and Spy Museum to learn about the secret world of code making and code breaking.
  • Hear from a cyber security specialist, and examine the role of intelligence in 21st-century threats from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the September 11 attacks.
Featured Expert
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Jon Wiant
Professor Jon A. Wiant is a decorated Senior Intelligence Officer with a distinguished 36-year career working on assignments at the Department of State, the White House, the Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency. Since retiring, he has become an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Jon has more than a dozen medals and awards for exceptional work in sensitive intelligence operations and has authored more than 50 articles and book chapters on intelligence and foreign policy subjects.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Professor Jon A. Wiant is a decorated Senior Intelligence Officer with a distinguished 36-year career working on assignments at the Department of State, the White House, the Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency. Since retiring, he has become an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Jon has more than a dozen medals and awards for exceptional work in sensitive intelligence operations and has authored more than 50 articles and book chapters on intelligence and foreign policy subjects.
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Robert Wallace View biography
Robert Wallace is a retired senior CIA officer, author, consultant and lecturer. As a recognized authority on intelligence history and “spy gadgets.” He was an Army Ranger in Vietnam, a CIA intelligence officer for 33 years and now an author and frequent lecturer on espionage topics. His published books include Nine from the Ninth: A Vietnam Memoir; Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to al-Qaeda, The Official Manual of CIA Trickery and Deception and Spy Sites of New York City.
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Rhea Siers View biography
Rhea Siers recently retired as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service after over thirty years at the National Security Agency (NSA). Ms. Siers served in a variety of operational, legal, and policy positions dealing with some of the most critical issues facing the US Intelligence Community including cyber operations, information sharing, sharing, counterterrorism and counterintelligence. She served as NSA’s senior representative to the FBI and Deputy Associate Director for Policy. Ms. Siers is an adjunct faculty member of George Washington University.
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Barbara Longnecker worked for many years at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. And loved being surrounded by wonderful educators and passionate students. In 2014, she took a leap of faith to become a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington D.C. She currently holds a position on the Board of Directors as co-chair of the membership committee. When not leading Road Scholar programs, she loves exploring the different neighborhoods of Washington D.C.
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Scott Shane View biography
Scott Shane is a journalist and author who spent 15 years covering national security and other subjects for The New York Times, where he won Pulitzer Prizes in 2017 and 2018 with colleagues for stories on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. He reported for 21 years for The Baltimore Sun and is a former Moscow correspondent whose first book, “Dismantling Utopia,” is a firsthand account of the Soviet collapse. He has also written on interrogation and torture, terrorism and targeted killing, WikiLeaks and secrecy, the National Security Agency and many other topics. He is currently a visiting scholar at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
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Scott White View biography
Dr. Scott J. White is an Associate Professor and Director of the Cybersecurity Program and Cyber Academy at The George Washington University. He holds a B.A. from York University (Toronto, Canada) an M.A. from the University of Guelph (Guelph, Canada) and a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol (Bristol, England). Prior to his appointment at GW, Dr. White was the founding Director of the Institute of Homeland Security Studies at Westfield State University (Westfield, Massachusetts) and Director of the Computing & Security Technology Program at Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). He holds a Queen’s Commission and was an Officer with Canadian Forces Intelligence Command. In addition, following his doctoral studies, Dr. White was an Officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He has consulted with law enforcement agencies and Fortune 500 companies in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.
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Ronald Marks was a CIA spy for 16 years in the struggle against Russian espionage operatives. He served as Congressional interlocutor for five CIA Directors and guided America’s intelligence interests for Senate leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott. Ron has been a national security entrepreneur, spy raconteur, cyber expert, and international affair commentator. He is the author of “Spying in America in the Post 9/11 World: Domestic Threat and the Need for Change” that focuses on the challenges and legalities of U.S. domestic intelligence collection.
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The Spy Next Door
by Shannon, Elaine and Blackman, Ann
Two veteran Time magazine reporters present the shocking, fascinating account of one of the greatest espionage scandals of our time -- the story of Robert Hanssen, one of the most mysterious traitors in American history.
Of Spies and Lies
by Sullivan, John
Any serious study of the Vietnam War would be less than complete without accounting for the CIA's role in that conflict-a role that increased dramatically after the Tet offensive in 1968. We know most of the details of military engagement in Vietnam, given its greater visibility, but until recently clandestine operations have remained shrouded in secrecy
Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage
by Polmar, Norman and Allen, Thomas B.
This intriguing book covers intelligence agencies, espionage code names, terms, countries, literature, equipment, and more. Spy Book will captivate and enthrall anyone curious about espionage. Contains over 2,000 entries and references and photos and illustrations of famous spies, codes, hardware and more.
Cast No Shadow: The Life of the American Spy Who Changed the Course of World War II
by Lovell, Mary S.
Relying on top-secret and heretofore unrevealed documents from British Intelligence as well as on Betty's own memoir written shortly before her death, Mary Lovell offers a remarkable portrait of a woman whose adeptness for intrigue in affairs of espionage and passion is astonishing. Cast No Shadow is a story of subterfuge and romantic expediency the exposes the hidden human intrigue of World War II and the life of a woman whose contribution to the Allied effort was invaluable and unique.
Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert Hanssen Betrayed America
by Wise, David
Spy tells the full, authoritative story of how FBI agent Robert Hanssen, code name grayday, spied for Russia for twenty-two years in what has been called the “worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history”–and how he was finally caught in an incredible gambit by U.S. intelligence.
The Literary Spy: The Ultimate Source for Quotations on Espionage & Intelligence
by Lathrop, Charles
The Literary Spy provides a unique view of the intelligence world through the words of its own major figures (and those fascinated with them) from ancient times to the present. CIA speechwriter and analyst Charles E. Lathrop has compiled and annotated more than 3,000 quotations from such disparate sources as the Bible, spy novels and movies, Shakespeare’s plays, declassified CIA documents, memoirs, TV talk shows, and speeches from U.S. and foreign leaders and officials.
The Enemy Within: A History of Spies, Spymasters and Espionage
by Crowdy, Terry
Separating myth from reality, The Enemy Within traces the history of espionage from its development in ancient times through to the end of the Cold War and beyond, shedding light on the clandestine activities that have so often tipped the balance in times of war. This detailed account delves into the murky depths of the realm of spymasters and their spies, revealing many amazing and often bizarre stories along the way. From the monkey hanged as a spy during the Napoleonic wars to the British Double Cross Committee in World War II, this journey through the history of espionage shows us that no two spies are alike and their fascinating stories are fraught with danger and intrigue.
Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy
by Lowenthal, Mark
Mark M. Lowenthal’s trusted guide is the go-to resource for understanding how the intelligence community’s history, structure, procedures, and functions affect policy decisions. In the fully updated Eighth Edition of Intelligence, the author addresses cyber security and cyber intelligence throughout, expands the coverage of collection, comprehensively updates the chapters on nation-state issues and transnational issues, and looks at foreign intelligence services, both large and small.
Charlie Wilson’s War
by Crile, George
It's common knowledge that the U.S. armed the Afghans in their fight against the Soviet Union, but until now, the fact that this was possibly the biggest, meanest covert operation in history has been absent from press reports. In one of the most detailed descriptions of a CIA operation every written, the bizarre twists and turns of the full story are told in CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR. Veteran 60 Minutes producer George Crile explains how one Congressman was able to provide the CIA with hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the Afghan program, dwarfing the price tag for arming the Nicaraguan Contras that occurred at virtually the same time.
Spy Sites of Washington, DC: A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History
by Wallace, Robert and Melton, H. Keith
Spy Sites of Washington, DC traces more than two centuries of secret history from the Mount Vernon study of spymaster George Washington to the Cleveland Park apartment of the "Queen of Cuba." In 220 main entries as well as listings for dozens more spy sites, intelligence historians Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton weave incredible true stories of derring-do and double-crosses that put even the best spy fiction to shame. Maps and more than three hundred photos allow readers to follow in the winding footsteps of moles and sleuths, trace the covert operations that influenced wars hot and cold, and understand the tradecraft traitors and spies alike used in the do-or-die chess games that have changed the course of history.
Capturing Jonathan Pollard
by Olive, Ronald J.
Jonathan Pollard, an intelligence analyst working in the U.S. Naval Investigative Service's Anti-Terrorist Alert Center, systematically stole highly sensitive secrets from almost every major intelligence agency in the United States. In just eighteen months he sold more than one million pages of classified material to Israel. No other spy in U.S. history has stolen so many secrets, so highly classified, in such a short period of time. Author Ronald Olive was in charge of counterintelligence in the Washington office of the Naval Investigative Service that investigated Pollard and garnered the confession that led to his arrest in 1985 and eventual life sentence. His book reveals details of Pollard's confession, his interaction with the author when suspicion was mounting, and countless other details never before made public. Olive points to mistaken assumptions and leadership failures that allowed Pollard to ransack America's defense intelligence long after he should have been caught.
True Believer: Inside the Investigation and Capture of Ana Montes, Cuba’s Master Spy
by Carmichael, Scott W.
Ana Montes appeared to be a model employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), advancing quickly through the ranks to become its top analyst on Cuban affairs. But for sixteen years Montes sent Castro some of America's most closely guarded secrets and at the same time influenced what the United States thought it knew about Cuba. She is the only member of the U.S. intelligence community ever convicted of espionage for the Cuban government, yet her arrest ten days after 9/11 went largely unnoticed. This inside account of the investigation was written by the DIA counterintelligence investigator who first became suspicious of her activities and, with the FBI, worked over a period of several years to develop a solid case against Montes. Carmichael offers readers a front-row seat on that long and ultimately successful spy hunt.
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5 days
4 nights
10 meals
4 B 3 L 3 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Opening Lecture
Washington, DC
D
The Madison Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously).

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, get any up-updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Your program materials will be sent to you a few days before the program, digitally, through your roadscholar.org account. This includes your program itinerary, any related handouts, and restaurant/free time suggestions. Please plan to print them out and bring along to the program, utilize the hotel's business center to access them, or view them on your own personal electronic device. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We will gather with our expert instructors for an introduction to the intelligence cycle. We’ll learn how intelligence is collected, analyzed, and disseminated to decision/policy-makers among the 17 agencies and organizations within the U.S. Intelligence Community. We’ll also hear tales of some of the most known, and unknown, spies in history. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Espionage, Law Enforcement Museum, Free Time, Covert Action
Washington, DC
B,L,D
The Madison Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 4 miles, less than 1/2 hour riding time. Walking and standing in museums and on city sidewalks.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Our learning adventure will continue with a lecture on various espionage cases that occurred in the immediate years before the Second World War. Our expert presenter, the Historian for the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will review opening moments of American counterintelligence and examine some of the “lessons learned” — and perhaps forgotten — that impact U.S. abilities to thwart adversaries in the 21st Century. We will then board a motorcoach and ride to the National Law Enforcement Museum that opened in October 2018. With a local expert, we’ll have a specialized, Road Scholar exclusive exploration of the museum. Among other highlights, we’ll learn how, while with the U.S. Coast Guard, Elizabeth Smith Friedman brought down a Vancouver-based liquor smuggling group in 1930 noted as the most powerful international smuggling syndicate in existence; how FBI agents decrypted and translated Theodore Kaczynski’s notebooks to reveal his devious plot; and why the New York City Police Department deploys officers all over the world to collect intelligence.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Please note that the period scheduled for free time is subject to change depending on local circumstances and opportunities for independent exploration. You can take the motorcoach back to the hotel with the Group Leader, or take advantage of already being near the National Mall to visit one of the Smithsonian Museums on your own.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We’ll gather for a lecture on covert action by one of our expert presenters. This is the other side of the clandestine world. Rather than filching secrets, covert action is involved with influencing historical developments without revealing the practicing hand. This can range from agents of influence operations and black propaganda through influencing political and economic outcomes, to full paramilitary support for resistance and guerrilla movements. It can also include types of assistance we provide foreign governments without public acknowledgement. Our expert will examine the policy framework in which the government makes decisions to engage in covert action and will give us a detailed look at historical examples of different kinds of covert action. Covert action, we will learn, is as American as cherry pie.

DAY
3
International Spy Museum, Free Time
Washington, DC
B,L
The Madison Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 5 miles, less than 1/2 hour riding time. Walking and standing in museums.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to L’Enfant Plaza for a self-directed exploration of the International Spy Museum. Opened in 2019, this is the only public museum in the U.S. dedicated solely to espionage and the only one in the world that provides a global perspective on the “invisible” profession. Its large and extensive collection includes amazing artifacts of international espionage, some never displayed publicly before. Many of these objects have been seen by the public for the first time. The museum seeks to present the history of espionage throughout history apolitically with accurate, unbiased information.

Lunch: At L'Enfant Plaza.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
The CIA & Congress, Spy Sites of DC, Farewell Dinner
Washington, DC
B,L,D
The Madison Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking up to 1 mile, standing up an hour at a time; paved walkways and sidewalks; park benches available.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will hear from a former CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) “spy” on how spying in America has changed in the years since September 11, 2001. In the wake of 9/11, the U.S. has found that its borders are porous and terrorist danger can strike at home. If we must now spy on ourselves, how much should we spy and who watches the watchers? Following a break, we will have a lecture on the relationship between the CIA and Congress, the best of “frenemies.” Since its creation in 1947, the CIA has had a long and often troubled relationship with Congress. Why will this never change and why should it not?

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll set out on a field trip by motorcoach to see some of the key highlights in our national capital. We’ll have an opportunity to visit some of the most famous monuments and sites. We’ll also familiarize ourselves with what we’ve heard about in our lectures including significant spy events and their locations in the capital. Lafayette Square, neighboring the White House, is filled with secret history. From the 18th century patriots employing secret agents to a Presidential kidnapping plot, this seven-acre park has served many purposed throughout its history. Bob Wallace, a former CIA intelligence officer and author of the book “Spy Sites of Washington, D.C.” will lead our exploration in the park and unravel some of its mysterious history.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: After riding back to the hotel, we’ll have a presentation by a former member of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service. Similar to the James Bond franchises’ “Q,” we’ll get an overview of the tools and gadgets intelligence operatives use. Prepare for check-out and departure after our final lecture in the morning.

DAY
5
Cybersecurity, Program Concludes
Washington, DC
B

Activity note: Hotel check out is 12:00 PM

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: For our final lecture, we will hear from Dr. Scott White, Director of the Cybersecurity Program and Cyber Academy at George Washington University. We’ll gain a deeper understanding of what cybersecurity is and to deal with cyber threats. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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