Splinter Cell & Bond are NO Jack Ryan a CIA Analyst, John Clark a CIA Operation Officer in CIA's National Clandestine Service 's Special Activities Division,but has also done regular operation that has nothing to with SAD. Bond is no Edward Foley a CIA Operation Officer not with SAD and only does regular operations, George Simley a British Secret Intelligence Service Operation Officer, who could be Station Chief already at his age and all those working for the British SIS. Last of all he is no Alec Leamus a British Secret Intelligence Service Operation Officer.
To be a spy is nothing like Bond at all, reading close to the real world type spy novels one get some ideas how the job is and what it takes to do which kind. Got To have a Bachelor(use to I read somewhere atleast a Master back in the 90s as I remember. Maybe it changed) to be a CIA Analyst and the right major that lead one there like history, economics, political science, national security, international studies, geography, library science and remote sensing. CIA Operation Officer also need 4 year college degree, don't know are majors the same as an Analyst's. Doing anything in the CIA, I think one might need to have some kind of military service, even if it just behind a computer like NASA style during a launch. Robert M. Gates went to college first and the CIA send him to the Air Force just sitting behind a computer send out coronet and so on. He might not have even done any basic training that way. Being a CIA Anaylyst is not a boring job like some people think, you really have to know your stuff. What one find in their report could be very important, and it the CIA's DDI and his meeting with the Director and other CIA Deputy Directors like the National Clandestine Service does it determine what the National Intelligence Director, the President and his National Security Advisor need to know. Plus is it more then just a regular basic daily brefing, or just a regular basic intelligence daily brefing.
Here goes some good nonfiction books to read:
Inside the CIA : Revealing the Secrets of the World's Most Powerful Spy Agency by Ronald Kessler (talks about all four of the CIA's Directorate, the role of the CIA Director and the location CIA headquater at)
CIA at War : Inside the Secret Campaign Against Terror by Ronald Kessler
The CIA's Black Ops: Covert Action, Foreign Policy and Democracy by John Jacob Nutter
Burn Before Reading : Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence by Stansfield Turner
From the Shadows : The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War by Robert M. Gates (Robert Gates was a CIA Analyst that became one of the CIA Directors. He also talks about how he became a CIA Analyst. He knew that being even a regular CIA Operation Officer that is not with SAD, was not for him after one day's training doing something on dead drop some what early in the morning. He went and talked with them to switch over. He is now the Secretary Of Defense.)
Spycraft : The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda by Robert Wallace (It about the CIA's Directorate Of Science And Technology)
Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander by Gary Berntsen(former CIA Operation Officer), Ralph Pezzullo (The book mostly about CIA SAD being embeded with Army Special Forces)
Class 11 : Inside the CIA's First Post-9/11 Spy Class by T. Waters , Patrick Lawlor (about CIA Operation Officers NOTHING about CIA Analyst)
MI6 : Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service by Stephen Dorril
These are good links to check out http://www.campuscareercenter.com/students/jobdetail.asp?id=303445http://www.campuscareercenter.com/campuscareercenter_jobs/1990816/CIA/Staff_Operations_Officer.html#spec-3http://www.campuscareercenter.com/students/jobdetail.asp?id=1990814#spec-1http://www.campuscareercenter.com/full_jobs/3817561/CIA/CIA_Analyst.htmlhttp://www.campuscareercenter.com/full_jobs/7270309/CIA/Student_Internship_Opportunities_at_the_National_Clandestine_Service.htmlhttp://www.campuscareercenter.com/full_jobs/303449/CIA/Military_Analyst.htmlhttp://www.campuscareercenter.com/full_jobs/303441/CIA/Counterterrorism_Analyst.htmlhttp://www.campuscareercenter.com/full_jobs/303451/CIA/Political_Analyst.html
NOTE: Have not found any links or info on being a regular CIA Operation Officer (that has NOTHING to do with their SAD and dress paramilitary), that are sent to places like Germany, Russia, Denmark, Poland, Africa, Vienna Austria, China, Italy and so on to get intel from spies, military officers and politicans who will sell out their own country or wants to defect. And are NEVER embeded with Special Forces and learn to use a M4 and a 9mm hand gun. Spies do not have law enforcement power, that is why regular CIA Operation Officers don't carry a hand gun or learn to use one.