The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the world to explore the tradecraft, history, and contemporary role of espionage.
Its collection of spy-related artifacts, the largest international collection on public display, brings to life the stories of the men and women who used these objects and provides a global perspective on this profession. Open since July 2002 and in development since 1996, the Museum works with its Advisory Board of Directors to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of the Museum’s depiction of the history and tradecraft of espionage. The Advisory Board, comprising of leading intelligence experts, scholars, and practitioners, helps the Museum plan all facets of the institution, from collections-building to program development.
During her 28 year career as an Operations Officer, Station Chief, and leader in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, Ms. Bouwmeester focused on denied area operations, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and leveraging technology for operational success. She also served as Deputy National Intelligence Mission Manager for a Hard Target Country at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Ms. Bouwmeester received the Career Intelligence Medal, the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction, Intelligence Community Meritorious Unit Citation, and numerous Exceptional Performance Awards. Ms. Bouwmeester now works as a private sector executive bringing industry best practices, solutions, and expertise to the Intelligence Community.
Currently serving as Counsel with the Law Firm of Day Pitney, Mr. Cash has broad experience at the federal and state level in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. In 1994 he joined the CIA’s Office of General Counsel transferring to the Directorate of Operations before leaving the Agency in 2001. He is the recipient of the Agency's Intelligence Medal of Merit, Balkans Service Medallion, and a number of Exceptional Performance Awards. Mr. Cash is the owner and founder of Deck Prism, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in providing assistance to US and state government entities. He is the co-chair of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Committee on National Security Law, Policy & Practice, and has taught courses at both American University and George Washington University related to intelligence.
A 30-year veteran of the CIA, Ms. Flynn held a number of senior executive positions at the Agency including: Associate Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center; Executive Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center; Chief of Station in major posts in Southeast Asia and Latin America; and Director of CIA’s Leadership Academy. Ms. Flynn is currently Managing Principal at Singa Consulting, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and School of Foreign Service/Security Studies Program.
The world’s leading expert in the history of cryptology (making and breaking codes and ciphers), Mr. Kahn serves as an expert commentator to the media on this topic. He has taught modern political and military intelligence at Yale and Columbia Universities and was a visiting historian with the National Security Agency. His books on cryptology and intelligence gathering include The Codebreakers; Hitler’s Spies: German Military Intelligence in World War II; and Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-boat Codes.
A retired Major General in the 1st Chief Directorate of the KGB, General Kalugin was the youngest general in the history of the KGB. Early in his 32-year career, he worked undercover as a journalist while attending New York’s Columbia University and then conducted espionage and influence operations as a Radio Moscow correspondent with the United Nations. General Kalugin played a major role in the John Walker spy ring as Deputy Chief of the KGB station at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, DC. He was also an elected member of the Soviet parliament during Gorbachev’s administration and was one of the first reformers of the KGB. His book Spymaster: My Thirty-two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West chronicles his KGB career.
A former US intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East, Ms. Mahle worked on many of the key challenges to US national security, including running operations against al-Qaeda terrorists and illicit networks selling weapons of mass destruction. She received a Presidential Letter of Appreciation for her work on the Middle East Peace Process and numerous exceptional performance awards from the CIA for her recruitment of agents and collection of intelligence. Ms. Mahle is the author of the book Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11.
The first FBI official to be appointed to the National Security Council, Mr. Major served as the Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs. During his 24-year FBI career specializing in counterintelligence, he was involved in more than 100 espionage cases. He is the founder and President of The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Virginia.
The US Army’s first Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Integration, Mr. Masback is an internationally recognized authority on geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). During his 30-year professional career, Mr. Masback commanded a unit that brought intelligence from satellites and aircraft to soldiers in the field and, later, led an organization responsible for prioritizing and managing the collection by imaging and missile warning satellites at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He is the CEO of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and serves on the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing. He is also the Vice Chair of the Department of Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee.
A former Chief of Disguise and Chief of the Graphics and Authentication Division in the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, Mr. Mendez’s 25-year career with the Agency included undercover work in the most important theaters of the Cold War. Mr. Mendez conducted the secret rescue of six U.S. diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis in 1980. That operation was the basis of the Oscar Best Picture winner Argo starring Ben Affleck as Mr. Mendez. He earned the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Intelligence Star, and two Certificates of Distinction. Mr. Mendez is currently a landscape painter, author, lecturer, and consultant on intelligence matters and served as a consultant to the CBS television series “The Agency.” His books include The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, Spy Dust: A True Story of Espionage and Romance, written with his wife Jonna, and Argo.
A former Chief of Disguise in the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, Ms. Mendez is also a specialist in clandestine photography. Her 27-year career, for which she earned the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal, included operational disguise responsibilities in the most hostile theaters of the Cold War, from Havana to Moscow to Beijing and ultimately into the Oval Office. She is currently a fine arts photographer, author, lecturer, and consultant on intelligence matters and served as a technical consultant to the CBS television series “The Agency.” With her husband Antonio, she published Spy Dust: A True Story of Espionage and Romance.
A career US Navy terrorism intelligence collector, code breaker, and interrogator with wide-ranging field and combat experience in the Middle East, South West Asia, and Africa, Mr. Nance is a frequent guest commentator on breaking news. He’s the author of The Terrorist Recognition Handbook, The Terrorists of Iraq: The Strategy and Tactics of the Iraq Insurgency , An End to al-Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden’s Jihad and Restoring America’s Honor, and Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe. Drawing on his experience as a twenty year veteran of the US intelligence community’s program on combating terrorism, he’s been a Middle East policy advisor to the US and international governments on special operations, homeland security, and intelligence.
A retired senior intelligence ofﬁcer, Robert (Bob) Wallace served in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1971 through 2003. His ﬁeld assignments included that of case ofﬁcer and Chief of Station. He was appointed Deputy Director of CIA’s Ofﬁce of Technical Service (OTS) in 1995 and elevated to Ofﬁce Director in 1998. He retired in 2003 with multiple awards including recognition by the CIA’s Inspector General, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, and two Clandestine Service Donovan Awards. He frequently speaks and writes on intelligence and has co-authored several books including SPYCRAFT (2008), The Official CIA Manual of Deception and Trickery (2009), and three volumes of Spy Sites.
The only person to have served as both Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1978-1987) and Director of Central Intelligence (1987-1991), Judge Webster’s distinguished career includes appointments as a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, a US District Court judge, and a federal prosecutor in Missouri. He is currently a consulting partner with the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and serves as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
During her 20-year CIA career, Ms. Wood served in the Director’s area and three Agency directorates – analysis, operations, and digital innovation – leading a wide variety of the Agency’s missions in analysis and operations. Ms. Wood served most recently as Deputy Chief of the Innovation & Technology Group at the Open Source Center (OSC). She led OSC’s open-source IT and innovation efforts to extract meaning from big data by guiding multi-disciplinary teams of analysts, data scientists, data management officers, engineers, programmers, developers and researchers in creating tools, methodologies, and infrastructure for the future.
A former Director of Central Intelligence (1993-1995), Mr. Woolsey holds a distinguished career in the US Government, where he served on five different occasions. Mr. Woolsey held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Woolsey is currently the chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and chancellor of The Institute of World Politics.
One of the world’s leading authorities on the history of intelligence gathering, Mr. Andrew is an accomplished author whose books on intelligence include Her Majesty’s Secret Service: The Making of the British Intelligence Community; KGB: The Inside Story of its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev (with Oleg Gordievsky); For the President’s Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush; and The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB (with Vasili Mitrokhin). He is currently Chair of the British Intelligence Study Group and a professor at Cambridge University.
Chairman of the CIA’s Fine Arts Commission and former Deputy Director of the Agency’s Center for the Study of intelligence, Mr. Davis has developed many Intelligence-related exhibits including the Cold War Exhibit at CIA Headquarters. His 20-year plus CIA career continues with his current appointment into the Senior Intelligence Service.
The first woman to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence for the U.S. Army, Lieutenant General Kennedy was the highest ranking woman in the U.S. Army. Her 32-year Army career included positions as Operations Officer, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Headquarters, Department of the Army; Staff Officer, Directorate of Training, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans; and Directorate of Training. Lieutenant General Kennedy is on the boards of Opportunity International and American Security Project. She is a commissioner for the White House Fellows Program and is the Chair, Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. Her book, Generally Speaking, was published in September 2001.
A former senior officer with the CIA’s Scientific and Technical Directorate, Mr. Poteat worked on various air, space, and naval reconnaissance systems including the U-2, SR-71 Blackbird, and Corona satellite. During his 25-year CIA career, he developed and implemented new intelligence methods for determining the vulnerability of stealth aircraft to foreign radars. He is the current President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO.)
As Director General of the British Security Service (MI5), Dame Stella was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director General to be publicly named on appointment. During her time as Director General she pursued a policy of greater openness for MI5, giving the 1994 Dimbleby lecture on BBC TV. She is currently an executive coach, mentor, and author and serves as a trustee of the charity ‘Refuge.’
A former officer with the CIA’s Clandestine Service, Mr. Schroeder held senior management positions in the Agency’s Directorates of Operations and Science and Technology, the Office of Congressional Affairs, and the Center for the Study of Intelligence. He began his career with the CIA in 1972 after two years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer on the Army Staff in Washington, D.C. and with the U.S. Military Command in Vietnam. As CIA Chair he taught Intelligence and National Security at the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Since retirement from the CIA, he consults on national security issues and teaches at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Schroeder holds a Ph.D. in modern European and military history from the University of Chicago.