Washington D.C.
Spies, Lies and Intelligence: The Unclassified 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
5 days
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At a Glance

The United States’ sixteen 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, Newseum and Spy Museum to learn about the secret world of code making… and code breaking.
  • Hear from a polygraph specialist, and examine the role of intelligence in 21st century threats from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the September 11 attacks.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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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.
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