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Thu, May 28, 2020

Coronavirus should spur DoD to build back resilience and agility

A layered and targeted response is required to meet the proximate challenges to the defense and dual-use supply chain, which is critical to national security. This crisis, as terrible as it is, may be the catalyst for taking steps today that are necessary to build the supply chain resilience and industry agility required to meet future national crises.

New Atlanticist by John F. Wharton and Tate Nurkin

Coronavirus Defense Industry

Tue, May 12, 2020

Nurkin writes article on DoD innovation for Defense iQ

Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Tate Nurkin discusses the strengths and weaknesses of recent innovation efforts by the US Department of Defense.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Emerging technologies and the future of US-Japan defense collaboration

This report explores the drivers, tensions, and constraints shaping US-Japan collaboration on emerging defense technologies while providing concrete recommendations for the US-Japan alliance.

Report by Tate Nurkin and Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi

Defense Technologies East Asia

Tate Nurkin is the founder of OTH Intelligence Group and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council.

Before establishing OTH Intelligence Group in March 2018, Mr. Nurkin spent twelve years at Jane’s by IHS Markit where he served in a variety of roles, including managing Jane’s Defense, Risk, and Security Consulting practice. From 2013 until his departure, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Strategic Assessments and Futures Studies (SAFS) Center, which provided thought leadership and customized analysis on global competition in geopolitics, future military capabilities, and the global defence industry.

Substantively, Mr. Nurkin’s research and analysis has a particularly strong focus on US-China competition, defense technology, the future of military capabilities, and the global defense industry and its market issues. He also specializes in the design and delivery of alternative futures analysis exercises such as scenario planning, red teaming, and wargaming.

Tate is a frequent author and speaker on these overlapping research priorities. For example, he was the lead author of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s report entitled China’s Advanced Weapons Systems, which was published in May 2018, and has provided testimony to the Commission on two occasions. In March 2019, he was featured on a Center for Strategic and International Studies China Power podcast on China’s unmanned systems. He is the lead author of the Atlantic Council’s Strategy White Paper on Artificial Intelligence, which is set to be published in the fall of 2019.

He previously worked for Joint Management Services, the Strategic Assessment Center of SAIC, and the Modeling, Simulation, Wargaming, and Analysis team of Booz Allen Hamilton. From 2014 – 2018 he served consecutive two-year terms on the World Economic Forum’s Nuclear Security Global Agenda Council and its Future Council on International Security, which was established to diagnose and assess the security and defense implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Tate holds a master of science degree in international affairs from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech and a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Duke University. He lives in Charlotte, NC.