Fick in January 2011
|Born||1977 (age 35–36)
Towson, Maryland, United States
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1999–2004|
|Commands held||Weapons Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 1st Marines
2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion
|Battles/wars||War in Afghanistan
2003 invasion of Iraq
Nathaniel C. "Nate" Fick (born 1977) is CEO of the Center for a New American Security, a national security think tank based in Washington, D.C., and a former United States Marine Corps officer. He came to public notice for his writing on military life and the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Fick is the author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer, a memoir of his military experience published in 2005.
Fick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended Loyola Blakefield high school in Towson, Maryland. He graduated with degrees in classics and government from Dartmouth College in 1999. While at Dartmouth, Fick captained the cycling team to a U.S. National Championship and wrote a senior thesis on Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War and its implications for American foreign policy. In 1998, after his junior year at Dartmouth, he attended the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates School and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon his college graduation the following year.
Fick was trained as an infantry officer and was eventually assigned as a platoon commander to 1st Battalion 1st Marines and, as a member of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, led his platoon into Afghanistan to support the War on Terror only weeks after the September 11 attacks. Upon his return to the United States in 2002, he was recommended for Marine reconnaissance training. He subsequently led 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Fick left the Marine Corps as a captain in 2003, and Brent Morel took his place as platoon commander. Fick received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Fick wrote a book, One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer, detailing his experiences in the Marine Corps. He occasionally writes articles about military matters, such as his criticism of Anthony Swofford's Jarhead.
It was announced by CNAS that Fick would step down as CEO at the end of November 2012 in order to "become the Chief Executive Officer of Endgame, Inc., a leading venture-backed provider of advanced cyber security solutions."
In popular culture 
Fick and his platoon were the subject of a series of articles in Rolling Stone and the book Generation Kill by embedded journalist Evan Wright. Generation Kill was adapted into a miniseries of the same name by HBO, in which Fick was portrayed by Stark Sands.
See also 
- Fang, Bay (January 1, 2006). "A 'Reluctant Warrior' in Iraq". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
- "About the Author". Oettinger & Associates. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- Fick, Nathaniel (2005). One Bullet Away – The Making of a Marine Officer. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-618-55613-3.
- Fick, Nathaniel (November 9, 2005). "How Accurate Is Jarhead? What one Marine makes of the Gulf War movie.". Slate. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- "Nathaniel C. Fick". Center for a New American Security. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- 2006 Senate testimony "Nate Fick at DPC Hearing in Chicago". YouTube. October 12, 2006. Retrieved March 23, 2012.