Monday Lunch: December 9, 2019

Lunch Program: Jim Olson - Professor of the Practice, The Bush School - Dept. of International Affairs



Born in LeMars, Iowa.  B.A. (mathematics and economics), University of Iowa.  J.D. (international law), University of Iowa.  Member of Iowa Bar.  U.S. Navy (attained rank of Lieutenant Commander, USNR). 

Career officer in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, serving mostly overseas in clandestine operations.  Served as Chief of Counterintelligence at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.  Overseas assignments in the U.S.S.R., Austria, and Mexico.  Foreign languages: French, German, Russian, and Spanish.

Recipient of the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Counterintelligence Excellence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several distinguished achievement awards.  Awarded the Silver Star Award at the Bush School for excellence in teaching.  

Assigned by the CIA to the George Bush School of Government and Public Service in College Station, Texas, as an officer-in-residence in December 1997.  Teaching courses on intelligence, counterintelligence, and national security.  Frequent guest lecturer at other courses, conferences, and symposia.  Appointed a permanent faculty member of the Bush School in August 2000.  Now serving as a Professor of the Practice.

Author of “The Ten Commandments of Counterintelligence,” “Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying,” and “To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence.”

Outside interests: church, tennis, bicycling, baseball (avid fan), foreign languages, history, literature.

Address:  Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4220.  Tel. 979-862-8827.  Email:

Lunch Menu:
Lunch, Sides and Salad bar. Catered by Circle G BBQ.
$10 - Member Price
$15 - Regular Price


  • Doors open - 11:00am
  • Lunch Buffet - 11:30am
  • Program - 12:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Aggie Park, 6205 West Ave. San Antonio TX 78213