Gail Nelson

Securing the world with books, not Berettas

Sept. 11, 2016

Gail Nelson has advice for anyone pondering a career in intelligence in an extraordinarily complex 21st-century global landscape: Read, read, and then read some more, particularly classical literature and foreign-intelligence histories. And while you’re at it, become an expert in the geopolitics and cultures of one region in the world, says Nelson, who earned his PhD in political science in 1979 and has had a distinguished career in the intelligence community.