Nate Fick is a remarkable individual. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, “One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer.”
(See my prior review in The White Rhino Report of this book, linked below)
Nate is currently in the process of finishing dual degrees at Harvard – at the
I am proud to call Nate my friend. I have enormous respect for what he has done, and continues to do, in the service of our nation and the cause of world peace. In every conversation I have ever had with Nate, I have learned something of value. By offering this link to his recent article, I am pleased to make his insights available to the readers of The White Rhino Report.
As a follow-up to this article, The Washington Post hosted an online dialogue with Nate on Monday. I found the questions – and Nate’s responses to them – instructive. I think you will find them to be of interest, as well.
It is my hope and prayer that the rich experiences and insights being harvested by young warrior-statesmen like Nate Fick and his ilk will help to inform the decision-makers in Washington, and may eventually lead to more enlightened policies – decision-making that re-acquires lost lessons from past conflicts. Nate speaks eloquently and thoughtfully on this point – taken from the transcript of his online dialogue:
Nathaniel Fick: “One of the more striking aspects of the recent revival in COIN [Counterinsurgency] theory is that none of it's new. These lessons were recorded by T.E. Lawrence after the Arab Revolt of WW1, by the Marines in their Small Wars Manual before WW2, and again throughout the
I commend to you the full article and the full transcript of Monday’s conversation.