Cuban Missile Crisis simulation

by  International Spy Museum

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Will their analysis help to avoid nuclear catastrophe?

Students become intelligence analysts at the CIA in 1962 examining declassified intelligence documents and U-2 photographs at various stages of the crisis. In this social studies standards-based lesson, students are challenged to make decisions and recommendations based on primary documents and photos. The outcome of the crisis is in their hands.

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60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

International, Leadership, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History

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Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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Offered Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm EST. Before or after hours have an additional fee of $100.

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Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the virtual workshop date. If a program must be rescheduled, we require 48 hours notice. If a program must be cancelled due to weather, it can be rescheduled once within the same school year (depending on availability).

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International Spy Museum

Washington, District of Columbia
United States

The International Spy Museum creates compelling exhibitions
and other learning experiences that shed light on the shadow world of espionage
and intelligence, educating and challenging each of us to engage critically
with the complex world around us.


Program Details


Students will "travel back in time" to October 1962 just as the Crisis is emerging. As All Source Analysts at the CIA, students are responsible for reviewing Cuban national reports indicating a Soviet offensive nuclear build-up on the island. They will determine if the reports are valid and recommend a course of action to President Kennedy.

In part 2, after recommending a U-2 spy plane overflight to obtain reconnaissance photos, students then analyze those photos to determine the extent of the offensive build-up.

Finally, in part 3, students triangulate all sources of intelligence, including a little known Soviet source, to provide President Kennedy with a final analysis. The program concludes dramatically when students examine the possible courses of action had the intelligence not been available, analyzed, and disseminated appropriately. They discover the value that different sources of intelligence have and compare this case to modern and current scenarios.


Students will be able to:
1. Analyze declassified CIA documents and make decisions based upon their content.
2. Explain the pros and cons of different types of intelligence sources (human intelligence versus imagery intelligence sources).
3. Describe the role intelligence collection and analysis efforts played in affecting President Kennedy’s decision-making process.