Nathan K. Finney is an officer in the U.S. Army, currently serving as a Goodpaster Scholar and pursuing a doctorate in history at Duke University. He is the co-editor and an author of Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Profession and Ethics and is working on a second book tentatively titled On Strategy: A Primer.
He is also a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations; a Non-Resident Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute; a member of the Society for Military History; a member of the Army Strategist Association; a former Non-Resident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point; the creator, co-founder, and first Executive Director of the non-profit organization The Strategy Bridge; a founder and former board member of the Military Writers Guild; founder and first Managing Director of the Military Fellowship at the Project on International Peace & Security; a member of Infinity Journal's Editorial Advisory Board; and a founding board member of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum.
Nathan holds masters degrees in Public Administration from Harvard University and the University of Kansas, as well as a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.
You can find Nate on Twitter @NKFinney.
The Human Terrain Team Handbook, Government Printing Office, September 2008.
Personal Theories of Power: The Bridge-CIMSEC Compendium, editor, The Strategy Bridge, June 2014.
Mission Command in the 21st Century: Empowering to Win in a Complex World, editor, the Army University Press and The Strategy Bridge, April 2016.
Military Leadership in the 21st Century: The Bridge Compendium, editor, The Strategy Bridge, May 2016.
Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Profession and Ethics, editor, United States Naval Institute Press, 15 October 2018.
On Strategy: A Primer, editor and chapter author (forthcoming).
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
“Unity of Effort: A Culture of Cooperation and the Cooperation of Cultural Systems,” Armor and Cavalry Journal, January/February 2009.
“Human Terrain Support to Current Operations,” Infantry Magazine, March/April 2009.
“Developing Foreign Security Forces In the Era of Persistent Conflict,” Army Magazine, January 2010.
“A Culture of Inclusion: Defense, Diplomacy, and Development as a Modern American Foreign Policy,”Small Wars Journal, 26 September 2010.
“Building Police Capacity in Afghanistan: The Challenges of a Multilateral Approach,” PRISM, Volume 2, Number 1, November 2010.
“Security, Capacity, and Literacy,” Military Review, January/February 2011.
“Building the Security Force that Won’t Leave,” Joint Forces Quarterly, July 2011.
“Developing a Sustainable Security Force,” Canadian Military Journal, July 2011.
“Helping the Afghans Help Themselves,” Proceedings, July 2011.
“Austere Challenge 2009: Exercising Unity of Effort,” Armor and Cavalry Journal, July/August 2011.
“The Army Ethic, Public Trust, and the Profession of Arms,” Military Review, September 2011.
“Doctrine at the Speed of War: A 21st Century Paradigm for Army Knowledge,” Army Magazine, March 2011.
“Why Operational Access Is No Revolution,” Rethinking Security, 3 April 2012.
“Using Technology to Train America’s Decisive Force,” Army Magazine, May 2012.
“Advisors: Creating a Strategic Effect or Political Window Dressing?,” Kabul Cable, 21 September 2012.
"Air-Sea Battle as a Military Contribution to Strategy Development," Infinity Journal, 31 October 2012.
"Preventing Mass Atrocities in Sub-Saharan Africa through Strategic Engagement," Military Review, 1 November 2012.
"Values and National Security: The Value of an Education in Power," Diplomatic Courier, 19 January 2013.
"Constructive Disruption: The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum," Small Wars Journal, 5 April 2013.
"Fostering Military Entrepreneurs," Armed Forces Journal, 25 August 2013.
"Using the Threat of Violence to Contain Syria: An External Approach," Infinity Journal, Volume 3, Issue No. 3, Summer 2013, pages 13-16.
"Why the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum Matters: Peripheral Networks & Innovation," War on the Rocks, 21 October 2013.
"Out of Balance: Rebalancing Access and Overcoming Denial," The Journal of Military Operations, 20 January 2014.
"On 'US Options in Syria'," Parameters, January 2014.
"Relativity and Negotiation: Core Elements of a General Theory of Strategy," Infinity Journal, The Strategy Bridge Special Edition, March 2014, pages 22-25.
"An Attack Comes Home: A Reflection," The Citizen, 28 April 2014.
"The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum: Developing a Culture of Innovation," Military Review, July-August 2014, pages 44-49.
"How to Discover Defense Innovation," War on the Rocks, 16 October 2014.
"The Long Gray Online," Cicero Magazine, 25 November 2014.
"Preparing Soldiers for Uncertainty," Military Review, Jan-Feb 2015.
"After Regime Change: Dunsinane as a Window into War and Warfare," Asides, February 2015.
"2026: Operation Iranian Freedom," The Bridge, August 2015.
"Land Power: More than Simply the Element of Decision," Infinity Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, Fall 2015, pages 30-32.
"Consequences of Fear: Callousness," Consequence Magazine, March 2016.
"The Myth of Russian Aggression and NATO Expansion," The Bridge, December 2016.
"A High-Tech Call to Arms: Mobilizing the Masses in the Twenty-First Century," The Modern War Institute, 3 February 2017.
"Fresh thinking to deal with ‘not quite wars’ (part 1)," The Strategist, 20 July 2017.
"Fresh thinking to deal with ‘not quite wars’ (part 2)," The Strategist, 14 September 2017.
"Integration in warfare," The Strategist, 11 September 2017.
"Whither the Hover Tank: Why We Can't Predict the Future of Warfare," Modern War Institute, 12 June 2018.
"Is Disruptive Thinking applicable to the Military?" Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, University of Chicago, October 2013 (video at 35 minutes).
"Leadership Development for Junior and Mid-grade Leaders," Twitter Military Leader Exchange, San Francisco, October 2015.
"On the (mis)use of history," The Pen and the Sword Podcast, 4 April 2016.
"Digital Learning and Leadership in the Army," Annual Meeting of the Association of the US Army, Washington, DC, October 2016.
"Grassroots Innovation in the National Security Domain," US Military Academy Center for the Advancement of Leader Development & Organizational Learning, West Point, NY, November 2016.
"Writing in the Profession of Arms," Defense Entrepreneurs Forum - Australia, December 2016.
"Storytelling from the Front Line," Modern War Institute, United States Military Academy at West Point, 13 February 2017.
"Diffusion of Policy Actors in Defence," 1st Brigade, Australian Army, 11 August 2017.
"Diffusion of Policy Actors in Defence," 3rd Brigade, Australian Army, 17 August 2017.
"Perception and Reality in Future Conflict," Young Australians in Foreign Affairs, Future21 Conference, 8 September 2017.
"In Conversation with the Deputy Chief of Army," Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 12 October 2017.
"Perception and Reality in Future Conflict," Australian Defence Force Academy, 19 October 2017.
On the Future of War, The Dead Prussian Podcast, 13 December 2017.
Ethics, Professionalism, Education & the Military Professional, Midrats Podcast, 12 August 2018.
Military Professionalism in the Modern Age, Dole Institute of Politics, 9 October 2018.
Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Profession and Ethics, New Books Network, 31 October 2018.
Pritzker Military Presents: Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Profession, Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, IL, 6 November 2018.
The Profession of Arms: Continuity and Change, Australian Defence College, 4 March 2019.
Redefining the Modern American Military, National WWI Museum and Memorial, 13 July 2019.