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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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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
Special Offer
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Program No. 16126 RJ
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Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2021
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Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2021
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May 26 - May 30, 2021
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Sep 1 - Sep 5, 2021
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Nov 3 - Nov 7, 2021
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Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2022
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May 4 - May 8, 2022
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Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2021
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Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2021
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Apr 21 - Apr 25, 2021
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May 26 - May 30, 2021
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Sep 1 - Sep 5, 2021
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Oct 6 - Oct 10, 2021
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Nov 3 - Nov 7, 2021
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Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2022
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Apr 20 - Apr 24, 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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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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Scott Shane
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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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John Bessette View biography
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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Gatekeeper: Memoirs of a CIA Polygraph Examiner
by Sullivan, John
Capturing Jonathan Pollard
by Olive, Ronald J.
Of Spies and Lies
by Sullivan, John
True Believer: Inside the Investigation and Capture of Ana Montes, Cuba’s Master Spy
by Carmichael, Scott W.
The Movie Breach: A Personal Perspective
by Kelley, Brian
Available on the CIA Website at www.cia.gov. In the search box, type “Hanssen.”
The Spy Next Door
by Shannon, Elaine and Blackman, Ann
The Bureau and the Mole
by Vise, David
Cast No Shadow: The Life of the American Spy Who Changed the Course of World War II
by Lovell, Mary S.
Spy Sites of Washington, DC: A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History
by Wallace, Robert and Melton, H. Keith
Charlie Wilson’s War
by Crile, George
Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert Hanssen Betrayed America
by Wise, David
Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy
by Mark Lowenthal
Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage
by Polmar, Norman and Allen, Thomas B.
The Enemy Within: A History of Espionage
by Terry Crowdy
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5 days
4 nights
10 meals
4 B 3 L 3 D
DAY
1
Arrival, Orientation, Dinner, Evening Lecture
Washington, DC
D
The Madison Hotel

Activity note: Hotel Check in is available from 4:00 PM.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously). Orientation: 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, enjoy a welcome dinner plus iced tea, water, coffee and soft drinks; other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: At the hotel, our expert instructors will present an introduction to the intelligence cycle. Learn how intelligence is collected, analyzed, and disseminated to decision/policy-makers among the 17 agencies and organizations within the U.S. Intelligence Community. Hear tales of some of the most known, and unknown, spies in history.

DAY
2
Cryptologic Museum, NSA Overview, Lectures
Washington, DC
B,L,D
The Madison Hotel

Activity note: Participants will need to get on and off the motor coach. Expect to stand for up to 1 hour at a time. The drive time to the National Cryptologic Museum is approximately 45 minutes and we may encounter city traffic.

Breakfast: At the hotel, enjoy a full American breakfast buffet including coffee, water, juice and tea.

Morning: Start this morning off with a field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum, adjacent to the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade in Maryland. The museum is the NSA’s principal public portal. Its thousands of artifacts preserve and illuminate the history of cryptology. We'll start our exploration of the Cryptologic Museum with a volunteer museum member. As we go through the halls with our docent, we will learn how codes are “broken” and explore the museum's collection of Enigma Machines.

Lunch: We will enjoy boxed lunches

Afternoon: Continue our stay at the National Cryptologic Museum with a visit from a National Security Agency officer. From the neighboring base, our speaker will provide an overview of the NSA and describe the roles and responsibilities for today's NSA officers. After our field trip, we return to the hotel for an afternoon lecture related to our program. Professor Wiant takes you into the world of espionage discussing such basic things as 'what is espionage' to how spies are recruited and the importance of tradecraft in running spies. Along the way he illustrates with fascinating spy stories, all true -- but not necessarily factual for the 'real secret of our success is the secret of our success'

Dinner: Dinner buffet at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy another lecture from our expert, Jon Wiant. This is the other side of the clandestine world. Rather than filching secrets, covert action is preoccupied 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 various assistance we provide foreign governments without public acknowledgement. The professor will examine the policy framework in which the government makes decisions to engage in covert action and then will look in detail at historical examples of different kinds of covert action. Covert Action, you will learn, is as American as Cherry Pie.

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

Activity note: Participants will need to get on and off the motor coach. Expect to stand for up to 1 hour at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We’ll journey via motor coach to L'Enfant Plaza for a self-led exploration of the International Spy Museum. The new facility, opened in Spring of 2019, and 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, many never displayed publicly before. Many of these objects are being 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: 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 enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Lectures, National Law Enforcement Museum, Farewell Dinner
Washington, DC
B,L,D
The Madison Hotel

Activity note: Participants will need to get on and off the motorcoach. Expect to stand for up to 1 hour at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will hear from from a former spy for the CIA on how spying in America has changed post 9/11. In the wake of 9/11, the USA has found that its borders are porous and terrorist danger can strike at home. If the US must now spy on itself, how much should it spy and who watches the watchers? Following a break we will meet a local professor from George Washington University for a presentation on Cyber Espionage and Warfare. Afterwards we will board the motorcoach and head out to the National Law Enforcement Museum

Lunch: Boxed lunches at the National Law Enforcement Museum

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the National Law Enforcement Museum. The site just opened its doors in October 2018 and will be providing us with a specialized exploration of the museum with a local expert. While at the Museum, we will learn how Elizabeth Smith Friedman brought down a Vancouver-based liquor smuggling group in 1930 noted as "the most powerful international smuggling syndicate in existence" while with the US Coast Guard, how FBI agents decrypted and translated Theodore Kaczynski's notebooks to reveal his devious plot, and why the New York (NY) Police Department deploys officers all over the world to collect intelligence.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll gather for our last dinner as a group. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: After dinner, we will have a presentation with a former member of the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Technical Service. Similar to the James Bond franchises' "Q," we get a overview of the tools and gadgets intelligence operatives use.

DAY
5
Cybersecurity, Program Concludes
Washington, DC
B

Activity note: Hotel check out is by 12:00 PM

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Our final lecture will be from Dr. Scott White, Director of the Cybersecurity program at George Washington University. Before we depart from the program we will take home with us our last bit of knowledge on how to access Cyber Threats. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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