James Olson

James Olson is the former Chief of Counterintelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency. He served for more than thirty years, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. He is a professor at Texas A&M University, where he teaches courses on intelligence and counterintelligence. Olson has been awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several Distinguished Service Citations. Olson is the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying and To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence. Prior to his career in the CIA, he served in the US Navy, where he attained the rank of lieutenant commander.