The Bush School has produced more than 300 graduates for careers in the intelligence profession to date.
When the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University was established in 1997, President George H.W. Bush strongly desired to have a concentration in intelligence studies as part of the curriculum. Professor James Olson uses his lengthy career as a CIA undercover operative to teach intelligence. Student interest was strong and over 300 graduates have successfully completed the program. Today, the program is considered a top school for U.S. intelligence agencies and maintains practitioner expertise from the CIA, FBI, NSA, and U.S. military, as well as the facilities to discuss and store classified information.
What sets the Bush School apart is its focus on practitioner-based teaching. With a professional focus for its intelligence courses, the school had confidence that classes are best taught by intelligence career professionals.