Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Day at The International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum is one of my favorite places. I spent the afternoon there yesterday.

If you have never been there, you "need to know" this... This is not some cheesy tourist trap one might find in Orlando. It is a quality museum in the finest sense of the word. The exhibits are first class, very educational, imaginative and entertaining—hard to do all in one shot, but they do it.

Visiting Washington, DC is always a compromise. There are so many great things to see and do. Do as many as you can, but save room for dessert. Visit the Spy Museum. It is history at its most relevant.

The newest exhibit – Cyber War – actually leaves people (me included) with a feeling of terror in the pit of the stomach. Yes, it is that well done. No, you won't like the feeling. I won't spoil it for you, but... think about what would happen if electricity were no longer available. All it might take are a few keystrokes.

"Aurora Experiment. In the Spy Museum’s new gallery dedicated to Cyber War, Weapons of Mass Disruption, video of an experiment conducted for the Department of Homeland Security depicts a simulated cyber attack on a generator control station. The simulation led to the generator’s destruction, demonstrating the all-too-real infrastructure vulnerabilities of the U.S power grid. On loan from four of the lead engineers who created and carried out the Aurora experiment, the Museum is pleased to display parts of the disabled generator."

As I was saying, they make espionage relevant. (more)