2.15.2018 from 6 - 7:30 PM


Holy Cross H.S.
Auditorium, Waterbury


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About The Event

As described by Robert M. Gates, Director of Central Intelligence, 1991-1993, "James Olson is a legend in the clandestine service, having served in some of the most difficult, dangerous, and complicated assignments at the height of the Cold War. As director of central intelligence, I trusted him without reservation when he was chief of counterintelligence not only because he was enormously capable, but also because I knew he thought deeply about the ethical and moral dimensions of what we did every day."

About The

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.

Experience in international affairs, economics, trade negotiations, intelligence support to the military and the law enforcement community, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, counternarcotics, and technical collection systems.

Senior intelligence advisor to several U.S. ambassadors; extensive liaison with the State Department, Treasury Department, FBI, Pentagon, NSC, NSA, DEA, INS, and U.S. Congress.

Senior faculty member at the Joint Military Intelligence College, Washington, D.C, 1997; taught courses on counterintelligence and military intelligence.

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. Teaches courses on Cold War Intelligence, U.S. National Security, and International Crisis Management.

Frequent guest lecturer at other courses, conferences, and symposia. Appointed a permanent faculty member of the Bush School in August 2000.

Author of “The Ten Commandments of Counterintelligence” and “Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying.” Outside interests include: church, tennis, bicycling, baseball (avid fan), foreign languages, history, literature.

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The John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education provides a variety of academic programs dedicated to educating students for careers which serve the public interest.

Yesterday’s methods won’t solve today’s most complex problems. This idea is one of our guiding principles at the John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education. To us, innovation and creative thinking are just as important as policy and practice. You’ll learn how to serve in order to lead, and you’ll take your desire to help others into rewarding, impactful careers.

As an undergraduate, you’ll focus on the applied learning that helps set you apart in today’s competitive public service marketplace. In our Master of Public Administration and Master of Human Service programs, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and tools to make a substantial difference in some of society’s deepest and most challenging problems.

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