Nicholas Nelson

Nicholas Nelson

Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Defense and Security; Senior Fellow, Defense Tech Initiative

Nicholas Nelson is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with CEPA’s Transatlantic Defense and Security Program and Defense Tech Initiative

Nicholas Nelson is an experienced leader in aerospace and defense (A&D), working at the nexus of innovation and national security. In addition to his work at CEPA, Mr. Nelson is Senior Technology Advisor at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), focused on emerging defense and dual-use technologies. He also advises a range of deep tech venture-backed startups.

Previously, he was the Director of Strategic Development at a six billion dollar A&D and technology company, leading strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate venture capital initiatives. Prior to this, Mr. Nelson worked in management consulting and technology scouting in Europe and North America, as well as civilian roles with the U.S. Department of Defense.

His research and writing are focused on emerging defense technology, hypersonics, unmanned systems, and great power competition. His analysis and writing have been featured in Defense News, National Defense Magazine, DefenceiQ, and SpaceNews. Mr. Nelson was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in 2017 and is also the Think-Visegrad Fellow at EUROPEUM.

Written by Nicholas Nelson

UK Pledges Hi-Tech Defense Amid Global Trade Push In the wake of Brexit and the covid-19 pandemic, the United Kingdom has laid out an ambitious and future-focused strategy
Illuminating Defense Supply Chains and Investments: An Opportunity for NATO Leadership Instead of challenging NATO head-on, adversaries are conducting actions below the threshold for open conflict.
NATO Must Lead on Counter-Drone Development NATO has not prioritized developing Unmanned Aerial Systems, as a result, defenses have not kept up. It’s time to close the gap
Reports of the UK’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated The challenges ahead to unity are real. But Scottish independence and Irish unification aren’t foregone conclusions.
Raising Defense Unicorns in Europe The path to building a next gen defense industry in Europe will not come easily. But adopting U.S. best practices can accelerate the process.