When visiting the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C., visitors are confronted with countless artifacts of espionage, from the Enigma Machine to the Jester’s Laptop. The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the U.S. dedicated to espionage and houses the world’s biggest collection of intelligence and espionage-related artifacts, with nearly 10,000 items on display. The museum is curated by Dr. Andrew Hammond, a historian whose interest in intelligence came from a period of service in the Royal Air Force, with secondments to the British Army and the Royal Navy.
Is This the Dreadnought Moment?
In the podcast, “Is This the Dreadnought Moment?", Dr. Hammond brings his immense expertise to the table to discuss the history of espionage and the future of cyber warfare. While cyber brings new technologies for intelligence gathering and espionage, it has roots in pencil-and-paper cryptography and analog computing.
Indeed, the desire to know what an adversary is doing is hardly a new one. Instead, technology and the role of the intelligence agent have changed. Just as the invention of aircrafts enabled governments to bypass the frontlines to attack cities, cyber technologies have enabled intelligence organizations to search for classified information without leaving their homes.
Tune into this podcast to hear Dr. Hammond dive into both the history and future of espionage. Listen to key insights from this conversation, such as:
- What past artifacts of espionage can teach us about how adversaries think, both from a nation state perspective and an industrial one.
- What the classic period of espionage can teach us about the modern day battlefield of cyber intelligence.
- How spycraft is changing and why the intelligence agent is just as important as ever.
Dr. Hammond is also the author of a forthcoming book entitled, Struggles for Freedom: Afghanistan and US Foreign Policy Since 1979 and is working on another book that tells the story of 9/11 and the post-9/11 wars through the voices of military and intelligence veterans. He was formerly a Mellon Public Humanities Fellow at the 9/11 Memorial Museum and is currently a Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center.