The National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations
DULLES (February 7, 2018) – What do the “French Chef” Julia Child, Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, James Donovan from “Bridge of Spies,” and architect Eero Saarinen, who designed Dulles Airport, have in common? They all served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the World War II predecessor to the CIA, the U.S. Special Operations Command – including the US Navy SEALs and the US Army Green Berets - and the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. This will be one of great stories told by the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations (NMISO), slated for an eight-acre parcel within the Kincora development in eastern Loudoun County.
The museum at Kincora, created by The OSS Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will educate the American public about the fascinating history of American intelligence and special operations and their critical role in preserving freedom.
“With so many men and women in Loudoun who have served in the intelligence community, our County is proud to be selected for this museum,” said Supervisor Ron Meyer (Broad Run), whose district includes the Kincora property. “The history preserved by the OSS Society is captivating, and our children and adults will have front-row seats to learn these stories. This is a big cultural and economic victory for Loudoun. Our office looks forward to helping the museum navigate our land use policies as quickly and easily as possible.”
“We hope this national museum, which will be dedicated to the men and women who serve at the ‘tip of the spear,’ will inspire future generations of Americans to serve their country. Northern Virginia, which is home to the intelligence community, the U.S. military and major defense contractors, is the ideal location to build it,” said Charles Pinck, president of The OSS Society.
The 56,000-square-foot facility will occupy eight acres of the 424-acre mixed-use development west of Route 28 and south of Route 7, near major highways, Dulles International Airport and other tourist destinations, such as the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which is part of the National Air and Space Museum. About 100,000 visitors are expected onsite annually at the nearly $72 million NMISO.
“We have long envisioned Kincora as a hub for civic and cultural uses in Loudoun County,” said Michael Scott, co-developer of Kincora. “This iconic building, and the fascinating history of intelligence and special operations work to be exhibited, will draw curious visitors from around the world.”
Leon Panetta and Robert Gates, who served as secretary of defense and director of central intelligence, and Admiral William McRaven, who served as commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, are serving as the honorary chairmen of the museum’s campaign steering committee.
The NMISO building will include a 4,000-square-foot lobby, 19,000 square feet of permanent and temporary exhibition space, an education center and a 200-seat auditorium. Gallagher & Associates is designing the museum’s exhibits. MGAC is the museum’s project management firm.
The NMISO building, designed by the world-renowned architect Curt Fentress, echoes the feathers of an American bald eagle’s wing. Its shape was inspired by the spearhead insignia, whose use by the intelligence community began with the OSS during World War II and continues today. The spearhead continues to point the way forward.
Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program (SSP) has been tapped as the NMISO’s educational partner. SSP seeks to produce the next generation of analysts, policymakers and scholars, imparting its 30 years of experience preparing students through interactive elements, hands-on activities and artifact-based exhibits. The educational offerings will place a focus on STEM programs.
About The OSS Society: The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society honors the historic accomplishments of the OSS during World War II, the first organized effort by the United States to implement a centralized system of strategic intelligence, and the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Special Operations Command, and the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. It educates the American public regarding the continuing importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the preservation of freedom.