Enjoyed the program very much. I will definitely take more Road Scholar tours.
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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, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet and up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Do not forget to bring your name tag from your welcome packet. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Scheduled free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. 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, one of our expert instructors will give a brief overview on the different U.S. intelligence agencies and a recap on some of the terminology you will be hearing during the program. Following our introduction we will be met by Scott Shane, one of the principal reporters for the New York Times on the U.S. Intelligence community. Mr. Shane will clue us in on how information and secrets are leaked.
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. With a museum member, we will learn how codes are “broken” and explore the museum's collection of Enigma Machines.
Lunch: We will enjoy boxed lunches at the National Cryptologic Museum.
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 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. 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.
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 the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington D.C. for a self-led exploration of the International Spy Museum. Opened in 2002, it 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 will be across the street at the National Portrait Gallery Courtyard Cafe. Vouchers will be handed out to let you select what you would like, including a fountain drink or bottled water.
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.
Activity note: Bring your handout for John Sullivan's lecture to follow along (included in this prepmat). 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: This morning we will be joined by John Sullivan, a retired CIA Polygraph Examiner who will address how a polygraph is used in the CIA. As we delve into specific cases from his long career, learn how conducting polygraph tests is as much of an art as it is a science; how psychology plays an integral role in a successful polygraph program; and the role of polygraph testing in the context of today's ever evolving intelligence community. Follow along with a provided handout by John Sullivan. This handout can be found in your information packet. Following a break we will meet again with our first night speaker, John Bessette. This follow up presentation from our orientation will go further into an examination of 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 areal espionage tactics and some of the most known, and unknown, spies in history. Afterwards we will board the motor coach and head to the Newseum.
Lunch: Using vouchers, select what you like from the café at the Newseum
Afternoon: Spend some time at the Newseum! We’ll start our exploration at the exhibit “Inside Today’s FBI.” This rotating exhibit has a focus on the FBI cases that have made modern headlines. Observe artifacts from major cases on display and the stories behind them. Currently on display is the FBI's investigation into the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings and ensuing manhunt.
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 the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Technical Service. Robert Wallace, the real life "Q" of the CIA, will host a demonstration about spy devices and how a spy uses them.
Activity note: Hotel check out is by 11:00 AM.
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!
Enjoyed the program very much. I will definitely take more Road Scholar tours.
Great program if you are interested in attending a unique program located in Washington DC.
The program focused on what comprises the U.S. intelligence agencies and how they work. Speakers all had impressive credentials; some were more dynamic presenters than others, but all knowledgeable. I especially enjoyed Robert Wallace, the cyber-security presentation, and the speaker at the NSA who both shared excellent content and delivered it vibrantly. With the exception of the cyber presentation, speakers focused primarily on cold war-era information and there was some repetition of information across speakers. The hotel was comfortable and centrally located. Food was adequate; I understand the need for a limited menu for a group. It would have been nice if the dining room weren’t so loud; it was difficult to have conversations, so that limited our interactions with others in the group. Having speakers on site was convenient. Though we did fit, it would have been more comfortable to have a slightly more spacious room for presentations. I found all three museums fascinating. I was glad we had docents at the Cryptologic Museum. I got much more out of that tour than I would have just seeing the exhibits on my own. I think I would have preferred to swap the days for the International Spy Museum and the Newseum, i.e., given us more time at the Newseum, the larger museum since there was so much more there to see. Granted, we had time to see the FBI exhibit there, but I was interested in more than just the focus of this program.
I was hoping speakers would address current espioage situation we are now experiencing re FBI culture and how it has changed over time for better or worse. Not so much ancient history unless it applies today.
If you are interested in knowing more about Foreign Espionage, this is the program for you. The speakers are genuine, the museums visited are exceptional, and Washington D.C. is the place to be!
If you have ever wanted to know more about the Intelligence agencies of our country this is an excellent program
Just returned from a wonderful experience. The lecturers were so interesting. Gave me a new appreciation for the intelligence community in America and what they do.
My husband and I really enjoyed this experience. The speakers were personable and informative. The leader was well organized and took time to talk with everyone. The field trips were well organized and planned for maximum enjoyment. There was enough personal time to enjoy other sights not included on our itinerary. Another enjoyable and educational experience with Road Scholar.
I plan to take more of these trips because they offer education I don't know how to find elsewhere.
Superb program. Washington, D.C. is full of other possibilities. Some of us discussed the possibility of a program focused upon George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Our tour leader would be excellent for such a program and I would suggest that you contact him for his ideas of how best to proceed in planning this. It could quickly become a favorite and popular offering.
The museums were excellent, but the Code Museum needed more places to sit. The speakers at the museums were great. Our guide was great,the bus was great, the hotel was great, the food was OK. The speakers however should retire from speaking. Although their subject matter was very interesting, their delivery sorely needed work. I found myself being lulled to sleep as I saw many others. The retired intelligence people were having difficulties remembering their facts, going off on tangents. Maybe keeping notes in front of them would help them stay on task and remember the facts. Also they should bring their own equipment so there are no technical failures.
Great program, with incite and understanding.
I learned a lot about the world of espionage from a select group of experts who shared their exciting life experiences. The accomodations were top notch, the lectures thought provoking, the group leader was both friendly and seamlessly efficient. I would recommend this program to anyone who loves real life intrigue and mystery. I'd say more, but I don't want to give away any secrets.
The program featured a cadre of experienced and talented professionals. The speakers, the hotel and the events were truly first rate.
This was a great program! We loved the Group Leader, Leonardo Williams, the speakers had amazing backgrounds and information, and the "field trips" in and around Washington D.C. were top notch. The speakers added so much to our experience - thank you to all of them, and to Leonardo, who made everything run so smoothly! The hotel we stayed at, the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, was a lovely hotel and centrally located with a Starbuck's downstairs that gave a 25% discount for hotel guests! (Yes, we're coffee drinkers. And though we drank the coffee from the Keurig in our room, we loved having Starbuck's downstairs. And there's a place across the street that has wonderful Italian coffee [think cappuccino] and crepes.) Oh, and most of the meals were at the hotel those were wonderful. Though the speed of service in the hotel restaurant at dinner sometimes left something to be desired, the food was worth waiting for and Leonardo, the group leader, easily adjusted our schedule so it was nothing to stress over and there was no sense of disorganization. All in all, this is a trip we would HIGHLY recommend. Something we wish we had thought about in advance: a trip scheduled the week before or the week after Easter often/usually has a HUGE number of families or school children visiting the wonderful FREE Smithsonian museums (and other sights) during their spring vacations, and therefore is likely to be much more crowded than usual [think Disneyland].
If you're at all interested in intrigue, mystery & spying, you'll love this program.
The trip was wonderful. All of the speakers were knowledgeable and fascinating. Our tour leader did an outstanding job in organizing and presenting information. The hotel and staff were hospitable and the food was delicious. I learned so much on this trip and enjoyed it thoroughly. A note--I had attempted to complete the original request for review, had it entirely complete, but the system would not take it. I am sorry; I certainly had nothing but positive commentary. This was, by far, my favorite Road Scholar trip.
Great tour. Old timers from CIA and NSA were presenters and had "tales to tell." Hotel was in a great location and rooms were very nice. Highly recommended.
Sessions were taught by retired intelligence agents and others in the field. They talked mainly about historical spies and intelligence methods. It was fascinating to hear this history from someone who lived it.
Spies, Lies and Intelligence was an excellent program which I thoroughly enjoyed and heartily recommend to anyone interested in the intelligence game.
This program was ideal for those with interest in intelligence gathering. Bravo. Please don't change a thing.