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Nathaniel C. Fick

Nathaniel C. Fick was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in June 2009. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of CNAS and has been a fellow at the Center since its founding in 2007.

Prior to joining CNAS, Fick served as a Marine Corps infantry officer. He took part in the earliest phases of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2001 and 2002 and led a reconnaissance unit during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In 2006, he was a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and served in 2007 as a civilian instructor at the Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Academy in Kabul. Fick served on the Presidential Transition Team at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

He is the author of the 2005 The New York Times bestseller One Bullet Away, recognized as one of the "Best Books of the Year" by The Washington Post. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation honored the book with its General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Award, given annually to outstanding nonfiction pertinent to Marine Corps history.

Mr. Fick's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes and Foreign Policy among other publications, and he is a frequent contributor to television and radio. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Fick serves on the boards of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College, which encourages graduates to embark upon careers in public service.

He holds an A.B. degree with high honors in classics and government from Dartmouth, where he won a national championship title in cycling. He received an MPA in International Security Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a certified sailboat charter captain, and lives with his wife, Margaret Angell, in Washington, D.C.


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