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Jon Olson

Jon Olson

  • Bigelow Teacher-in-Residence in the Department of Political Science, Political Science

Courses Taught This Year

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Political Science

Office Hours: T & Th 9:00-11:30

Fall Class Schedule (9/11/17-11/15/17):
POSC 248 Weapons of Mass Destruction, T Th 1:15-3:00 in Willis 204

Jon Olson is a retired commander in the U.S. Navy.  His 21 years of service as an intelligence officer included over three years of sea duty on aircraft carriers and large-deck amphibious assault ships; direct support to military operations in Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, East Timor, The Philippines, and Afghanistan; and staff tours at U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Navy Staff in the Pentagon.  His intelligence specialization was Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and he is a CIA-trained case officer.  His final tour of duty included serving as a diplomat as the U.S. Naval Attaché in Helsinki, Finland.  Jon now serves as an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University, teaching in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, and he holds positions as President of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association – Upper Midwest Chapter, and Board Chair for Metro Blooms (  He has co-authored two fiction political/military/thriller novels with his friend David Bruns – Weapons of Mass Deception, and Jihadi Apprentice – and various screenplays, including one on the Falklands War of 1982.  Jon earned a Bachelor of Science in History from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1990, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in 2004.  He and his wife Melissa live in Webster, MN on their five-acre hobby farm where they care for their six rescue dogs.

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