Nathaniel C. Fick

  • Endgame, Inc.

Nathaniel C. Fick is the CEO of Endgame, Inc., a venture-backed security intelligence software company. He was CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) from June 2009 to November 2012, Chief Operating Officer of CNAS in 2008-2009 and a Fellow at the Center since its founding in 2007.

Prior to joining CNAS, Nate served as a Marine Corps infantry and reconnaissance officer, including combat tours in Afghanistan in 2001-2002 and Iraq in 2003. He served in 2007 as a civilian instructor at the Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Academy in Kabul, and in 2008 on the Presidential Transition Team at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He is the author of the 2005 New York Times bestseller One Bullet Away, recognized as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The Washington Post and one of the "Best Military Books of the Decade" by The Military Times. The Commanding General of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command made One Bullet Away required reading for officers deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. Nate's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Young Presidents' Organization.

Nate is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, the oldest venture capital firm in America, and serves as a Trustee of Dartmouth College.

He holds an A.B. degree with high honors in classics and government from Dartmouth, an MPA in international security policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Nate is a certified sailboat charter captain and an avid fly-fisherman.

Areas of Expertise

  • Broad foreign policy
  • Elements of national security strategy
  • U.S. military forces and operations
  • April 12, 2010
  • Nathaniel C. Fick, Clare Lockhart
  • Policy Briefs

The Economic Imperative: Stabilizing Afghanistan Through Economic Growth

The Economic Imperative: Stabilizing Afghanistan Through Economic Growth

This policy brief  argues that smart execution of the American strategy in Afghanistan depends on tapping into Afghanistan’s economic potential and empowering Afghans to foster economic development in their own country.

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  • November 28, 2009
  • Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Congressional Testimony

From Strategy to Implementation: Strengthening U.S.-Pakistan Relations

July 7, 2009 - CNAS CEO Nate Fick recommends a shift in the approach to the military and political aspects of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship in testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

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  • April 16, 2009
  • Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Books

One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

One Bullet Away

Fick signed up for the Marine Corps Officer Candidates School after receiving a B.A. from Dartmouth in 1999 because he wanted a challenge. He got one. He made it through the school and eventually into the First Recon Battalion (the elite of the elite), and he served in Afghanistan and Iraq before leaving the corps as a captain.

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  • January 22, 2009
  • Nathaniel C. Fick, John A. Nagl, Vikram J. Singh
  • Policy Briefs

Tell Me Why We’re There? Enduring Interests in Afghanistan (and Pakistan)

January 2009 - After seven years and the deaths of more than a thousand American and coalition troops, there is still no consensus on whether the future of Afghanistan matters to the United States and Europe, or on what can realistically be achieved there.  According to CNAS experts Nathaniel Fick, David Kilcullen, John Nagl, and Vikram Singh, "Afghanistan does matter."

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  • April 18, 2012
  • Nathaniel C. Fick, Richard Fontaine
  • Events

CNAS 2012 Annual Conference

The Center for a New American Security's 2012 annual conference, "Rethinking U.S. Security: Navigating a World in Transition," took place in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

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  • August 11, 2010
  • Nathaniel C. Fick, Colin H. Kahl
  • Events

CNAS Event: The Next Phase in America's Relationship with Iraq

On Tuesday, August 17, 2010, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted a pertinent discussion on the future of the U.S. relationship with Iraq with CNAS CEO Nathaniel Fick and two leading Administration officials: Michael Corbin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq, and Colin Kahl, Deputy Secretary of Defense for the Middle East.  The full video is available here as well as a transcript of the opening remarks.

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  • September 11, 2009
  • Nathaniel C. Fick, Thomas E. Ricks, Robert Kaplan, John A. Nagl
  • Events

Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond

CNAS President John Nagl, CNAS CEO Nathaniel Fick, CNAS Senior Fellow Thomas Ricks, and CNAS Senior Fellow Robert Kaplan participated in the Marine Corps University Symposium Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond at the National Press Club. The event included a keynote address on leadership in counterinsurgency given by General David Petraeus, USA, CENTCOM Commander.

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  • July 1, 2009
  • Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Events

From Strategy to Implementation: Strengthening U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Center for a New American Security’s Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel C. Fick testified July 7, 2009, at a congressional hearing on U.S.-Pakistan relations.

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  • February 12, 2014
  • Nathaniel C. Fick
  • In the News

Inside Endgame: A Second Act For The Blackwater Of Hacking

Forbes article on former CNAS CEO and current member of the Board of Directors Nathaniel Fick.  The article discusses his 14 month tenure as chief executive of Endgame.

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  • November 13, 2013
  • Nathaniel C. Fick
  • In the News

Brooks: Rethinking Career Paths

In this op-ed penned by a Dartmouth student, former CNAS CEO and current member of the Board of Directors Nathaniel Fick is used as an example to describe alternative career paths following college graduation.

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  • September 2, 2011
  • Nathaniel C. Fick
  • In the News

A Veteran Questions a Proposed Overhaul of Military Pensions

CNAS CEO Nathaniel C. Fick comments on the current state of military pensions in the New York Times' At War Blog.

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  • November 28, 2009
  • Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Congressional Testimony

From Strategy to Implementation: Strengthening U.S.-Pakistan Relations

July 7, 2009 - CNAS CEO Nate Fick recommends a shift in the approach to the military and political aspects of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship in testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

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  • August 1, 2011
  • Richard Danzig, Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Videos

Video: Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons, Part One

On July 28, 2011, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a major report, Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons, with never-before documented information on the group and its operations. Part One of the report release event features Nathaniel Fick, Richard Danzig and Marc Sageman discussing Aum Shinrikyo as an organization and its turn to violence.

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  • June 15, 2011
  • Richard Fontaine, Colin H. Kahl, Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Videos

Video: Revolution In The Middle East: Democracy In The Digital Domain

CNAS CEO Nathanial Fick gives opening remarks at the CNAS Fifth Annual Conference on June 2, 2011.  Following his remarks is the roundtable discussion, "Reveloution In The Middle East: Democracy In The Digital Domain" featuring: Karen House, Former Publisher of The Wall Street Journal; Andrew Exum, Fellow at CNAS; Richard Fontaine, Senior Fellow at CNAS; Shadi Hamid, Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center; and Dr. Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East. Watch the video here.

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  • August 23, 2010
  • Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Videos

CNAS Hosts Discussion on the Future of the U.S.-Iraq Relationship

CNAS hosted a pertinent discussion on the future of the U.S. relationship with Iraq after the end of the combat mission. The event was moderated by CNAS CEO Nathaniel Fick and featured two leading Administration officials.

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  • July 9, 2009
  • Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Videos

From Strategy to Implementation: Strengthening U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Center for a New American Security’s Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel C. Fick testified on July 7, 2009, at a congressional hearing on U.S.-Pakistan relations. The hearing was called by Sen. Tom Carper, D-DE, chairman of a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. You can view the full video here.

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  • June 19, 2009
  • Programs, John A. Nagl, Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Videos

Bacevich Award Presentation and Closing Remarks by CNAS COO Nate Fick - June 11 Video

Dr. Andrew Bacevich, Sharon Burke and John Nagl present the 2009 Bacevich Fellowship award to Christine Parthemore in this video from third annual CNAS Conference on June 11, 2009. CNAS COO Nate Fick delivers closing remarks immediately following the fellowship award.

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