22733
Washington D.C.
Inside the CIA With Intelligence Experts, Operatives & Historians
Join intelligence experts, historians and actual CIA operatives for a week of espionage. Learn about the inner workings of the CIA and discuss the world’s greatest threats.
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Program No. 22733RJ
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8 days
7 nights
13 meals
7 B 4 L 2 D
DAY
1
Registration, Reception, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Washington DC
D
Grand Hyatt Washington

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. This program is staffed with a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program, and two Study Leaders— Dan Mulvenna and Nigel West — who will lecture and serve as information resources on program-related topics. We will typically have one or two lectures in the morning and one most afternoons, after which the remainder of the day and evening will be free. Most dinners are on your own (excluded from the program price) to enjoy what you like. This is a Road Scholar INDEPENDENT program. It is designed for participants who want high-level Road Scholar instruction, a few group activities, and who are capable and comfortable setting out on their own for a significant part of the day/night. There will be several hours each day of educational content, a number of meals on your own (excluded from the program cost) to enjoy what you like, and substantial free time for personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following Orientation, we’ll enjoy a drinks reception with soft drinks, beer, and wine.

Dinner: In the hotel, we will have a plated and served 3-course dinner with soft drinks, beer, wine, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
The "Illegals"
Washington DC
B,L
Grand Hyatt Washington

Breakfast: In the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes hot and cold choices plus juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: In our private meeting room, Nigel West will introduce our keynote speaker, H. Keith Melton, who will address “FBI Ghost Stories: Illegals in the USA 2010.” Keith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, an intelligence historian and a specialist in clandestine technology and espionage tradecraft. He is the author of many books, including “CIA Special Weapons and Equipment,” “Clandestine Warfare,” and “The Ultimate Spy Book.” Keith is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and is the holder of the largest collection of privately held espionage artifacts with thousands of items. The “illegals” were a network of Russian sleeper agents under non-official cover. The FBI’s investigation culminated in the arrest of ten agents and a prisoner swap between Russia and the U.S. After a coffee break, Dan Mulvenna will discuss the Russian concept of “illegals,” with an overview of their training and how this, and their civilian cover and mission, has evolved and changed over the years. Dan worked in Government Personnel Security & Counter-Subversion Branches of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service before being assigned to counter-espionage field operations against the Russian target. There he worked as a Senior Investigator and, successively, head of the “Illegals”, GRU (Intelligence Agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation) and KGB (Soviet Secret Police and Intelligence Agency) desks.

Lunch: In the hotel, we will have a 2-course plated lunch with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Nigel West will continue with a lecture on Illegals. Dan Mulvenna will then examine recent Illegals in Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Estonia and the Baltic states.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Women and Espionage
Washington DC
B,L
Grand Hyatt Washington

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will gather in our private meeting room at the hotel as Marti Peterson recounts her life with the CIA. Marti was the first female CIA officer under deep cover in Moscow, “running” one of the most important spies in Russia and was ultimately arrested in a KGB ambush when on a dead drop (a way for intelligence officers to leave or receive items at a secret location in order to exchange information with an asset without having to meet directly). The spy, CODE NAME TRIGON, was executed while Marti Peterson, as she had diplomatic cover, was declared persona non grata and sent back to the U.S. After the coffee break, Professor Kristie Macrakis will lecture on "Secrets and the Stasi". Kristie Macrakis an American historian of science, author and professor in the School of History, Technology and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author or editor of five books and is widely known for her work at the intersection of history of espionage and history of science and technology. Kristie’s lecture will look at the secret spy-tech world of the Stasi.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: We will hear from Connie Huff on women and espionage. Connie was in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps her entire 24 year career, specializing in counterespionage investigations and operations. She served as a Senior Instructor at the U.S. Army Advanced Counterintelligence Training Course, training Department of Defense military and civilian special agents in advanced counter-intelligence skills. She was also the Senior Counterintelligence Investigator and team leader for the U.S. Army Europe’s highest priority espionage investigation during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. This investigation stopped the hemorrhage of defense information to two Arab intelligence services (Jordan and Iraq), and resulted in a 34-year sentence for a convicted solider. It led to Ms. Huff being named as the Department of Defense "Investigator of the Year” for 1992.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Terrorism
Washington DC
B,L
Grand Hyatt Washington

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: H. Keith Melton will join us again to explore covert communications and the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, Paris, and Brussels. After a break, we will hear from Mubin Shaikh, a former jihadist who was turned by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and became a mole in the Toronto 18 terrorist cell. They were all arrested just before their planned terrorist attacks in Canada.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: We will hear next from "Rusty" Capps, a former FBI agent who will discuss terrorism in the U.S. and government and FBI responses. Rusty currently contracts with the U.S. Government to give informative presentations on the current terrorism situation, domestic and globally. He has an extraordinary knowledge of cases and events relating to counterterrorism and counterintelligence and is able to speak on numerous different topics, many which are taken directly from his past experiences as an FBI agent. H. Keith Melton introduces the Spy Drive with an illustrated overview of the cluster of Robert Hanssen case sites in the DC area.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Spy Drive & Walk
Washington DC
B,L
Grand Hyatt Washington

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking 1 mile, approximately 1 hour; city sidewalks.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Mubin Shaikh will join us again to talk about ISIS, currently the foremost terrorist group. He regularly consults with U.S. Government counter terrorist groups on the threat of ISIS. After the coffee break, Melissa Boyle Mahle will address intelligence challenges in the 21st century, anti-American threats, and the Middle East. Melissa was a covert operative for sixteen years with the CIA in the Middle East, and the Agency's top-ranked female Arabist before she left in 2002.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: Bob Wallace will join us to describe Russian Illegals and DC spy sites in preparation for our “Spy Drive and Walk” later today. Bob is co-author with H. Keith Melton of five books, and the retired former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Services — the real "Q" for the CIA (the deputy director for science and technology). Following the lecture, we will board a motorcoach for a “spy spotting” field trip around Washington, with our resident experts providing educational commentary and insights.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
International Spy Museum
Washington DC
B
Grand Hyatt Washington

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll journey via motor coach to the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington D.C. for an early entrance to the International Spy Museum, accompanied by our experts Dan Mulvenna and Nigel West. 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. Some of H. Keith Melton's private collection of spy gadgets can be seen in the Museum. His whole collection, the world's largest, will go on show when the Spy Museum moves to its new premises.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free Time. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions for exploring the local area.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Dr Harvey Klehr, Melissa Mahle, Closing Reception
Washington DC
B,D
Grand Hyatt Washington

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Our lecture series continues with Melissa Mahle, a former U.S. Intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East will discuss intelligence challenges in the 21st century considering anti-American threats, national security challenges and what the US intelligence community is doing-and not doing. After the coffee break, Dr. Klehr speaks on atomic and Soviet espionage is an Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History at Emory University. His academic career spans five decades and he received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971. He is the winner of numerous grants and awards including the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award for Emory College (1983), Emory University Scholar-Teacher of the Year (1995), Emory University Thomas Jefferson Award (1999) and Emory University Distinguished Faculty Lecturer (2012). Klehr is the author of scores of books on Communism and Soviet espionage including Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (with John E. Haynes 2009); The Communist Experience in America: A Political and Social History (2010); Early Cold War Spies: The Espionage Trials that Shaped American Politics (with John E. Haynes 2006); VENONA: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (with John E. Haynes 1999). He has been interviewed frequently by major media in radio, TV, and the press on current intelligence issues. To conclude, Nigel West and Dan Muvenna answer any questions as part of their Round Up session.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free Time. We will regroup in the hotel at 4:30 p.m. for a closing reception with soft drinks, beer, and wine included.

Dinner: Hotel 3-course served and plated dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Washington DC
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. 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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