Information Strategies Department
Nate earned his Ph.D. in Management & Technology from George Washington University's
School of Business in which he focused on Organizational and Leader Development. He
also has an MS in National Security Strategy from National War College, an MA in Industrial/
Organizational Psychology and MBA from University of Colorado.
Relevant Professional Experience:
Nate was recently assigned to the Pentagon where he was a Division Chief in the Army’s Office
of Business Transformation and led an effort focused on integrating collaboration technology for
senior leaders. Prior to this assignment Nate was on faculty at the National Defense University’s
Information Resource Management College where he taught on subjects related to the fields of
Leadership and Organizational Behavior & Development. Nate graduated as an Infantry Officer
from West Point in 1990 and subsequently completed Airborne, Ranger, and Pathfinder training.
He has served in Army units throughout the US and in Somalia, and conducted two project-
based trips to Iraq. Nate also served as a professor at the United States Military Academy at
West Point where he taught leadership and served as Director of the U.S. Army’s Center for the
Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning. He is the co-founder of
CompanyCommand.army.mil and PlatoonLeader.army.mil (distributed communities of practice for
US Army company commanders and platoon leaders).
As representatives of the CompanyCommand and PlatoonLeader founding team, Nate and
project co-founder, Tony Burgess, were recognized by Harvard Business Review’s Breakthrough
Ideas for 2006 and among Fast Company Magazine’s Top 50 Innovators Internationally in 2002
for their work in connecting leaders laterally across the Army in an on-going conversation about
lessons learned and exceptional leadership. Nate has published and presented about this
experience in numerous venues.
Nate coauthored two books, Taking the Guidon, a practical guide to leadership at the company
level and CompanyCommand: Unleashing the Power of the Army Profession, focused around
the development of distributed communities of practice. His paper entitled Leader Development
In Dynamic and Hazardous Environments: Company Commander Learning in Combat, received
an American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Best Paper by a New Investigator
Award 2007. Nate’s areas of interest include leadership, leader development, strategic planning,
organizational learning, collaboration, informal social systems, crisis leadership, and innovation.
Leadership for the Information Age (LDC)
Organizational Culture for Strategic Leaders (OCL)
Decision Making for Government Leaders (DMG)
Global Strategic Landscape (GSL)