Bob Wallace

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. During his time at the OTS, scientists developed systems for agents and case officers to communicate with each other using secret writing, short-range radio, microdots, subminiature cameras and satellites. They designed and built audio bugs, telephone taps and surveillance systems. They made tracking devices, weapons, disguises and fake documents, and conducted experiments in character assessment and even “thought control.” In other words, Bob was the "Q" of the CIA.

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.

Presentation Topics

Who Wants to Be a Spy?

Compares the motivation, character and behavior of real spies with those depicted in novels, films and TV.

Nothing Is as It Seems—Admit Nothing, Deny Everything

Explores the fundamentals of Spycraft—assessment, development, recruitment, concealments, deception and more.

Gadgets from Q’s Workshop

Describes development of amazing spy devices and how a spy uses them.

Who’s Spying on Me?

Traces the evolution of clandestine surveillance from biblical stories to 21st-century digital technology.

Ethics & Espionage

Wrestles with real cases and hard choices of deciding right from wrong in the “wilderness of mirrors."

What Difference Does It Make?

Highlights the spies and espionage operations that won wars, made kings and altered the course of history.

They Did What There?

Discovers the buildings, parks, homes and fields that unexpectedly became a spy’s playground. (In Washington, Philadelphia or New York)

Cradle of American Espionage

Spies of the Revolutionary War.

It’s Not Just Moscow

Espionage in America by everyone except the Russians.

Biblical Espionage

Spies and deceptions that shaped biblical history.

When Cyber Spy Came to Town

An examination of disruptive technology’s transformation of espionage.

Magic and Espionage—Kindred Spirits

How spies use the conjurer’s skill to steal secrets.

Spies in the Cold

When Alaska was a Hotbed of Espionage.

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