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cialogoSpecial guest on Technology Bytes this Wednesday, June 17th will be Former CIA Tech Director Robert Wallace, co-author of SPYCRAFT: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA’S SPY TECHNOLOGY. Robert Wallace is the former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service. The recipient of the Intelligence Medal of Merit, he is the founder of the Artemus Consulting Group, a private national security firm, and a contributor to the CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence. He lives in Virginia.

From the press release:

Former CIA Tech Director Robert Wallace and Intelligence expert J. Keith Melton share the amazing gadgetry used by the CIA, from Communism to Al-Qaeda

What is an invisible photograph used for? What does it take to build a quiet helicopter? This may sound like a James Bond film, but these are actually technologies employed by CIA to gather information and insure national security. Now in paperback, SPYCRAFT: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA’S SPYTECHS, FROM COMMUNISM TO AL-QAEDA (Plume/June 2009) by Robert Wallace and J. Keith Melton, shares the CIA’s secret and amazing technology behind the art of espionage, including never before seen photographs of government gadgets.

Spy technology exploded during the Second World War, and in the decades-long standoff with the Soviets, cameras, microphones, and encryption systems were clandestinely developed years before the public had access to them. And since, the CIA has transitioned from the Cold War to the digital age, and spycraft skills have developed alongside technology in prosecuting the long war against terrorism.

In the interview we will discuss the history and development of some of these amazingly inventive devices, created and employed against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions—including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and continuing terrorist threats. Some of these devices include:

  • Tessina 35mm half-frame camera, which could be concealed and operated from inside a cigarette pack
  • The “Insectothopter”, an early unmanned aerial vehicle with audio and visual sensors, resembled a Dragonfly
  • OTS Rollover camera, which could scan documents and be concealed in a functioning ball point pen
  • The “Audio Kitty,” a three-quarter-inch audio transmitter implanted in a cat or animal for surveillance
  • Exploding Cigars and Poisoned Pens designed for the possibility of assassination attacks
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    1. Check out the web site at http://ciaspycraft.com.

    2. Umm, yeah, I’m gonna have to make sure you ask him for an explanation of the the blow-up doll in the picture.

      Thanks, that’d be great.

      Robert M.
      Aromas, CA

    3. I’m reading Spycraft now! Awesome book! This is most definitely the real deal.

    4. I’m reading Spycraft now! Awesome book! This is most definitely the real deal.

    5. I looked up ‘CIA’ for a school project.
      This is what I came up with.
      I’m amazed at this educational discovery.