MAJ Nathaniel B. Davis is the Director of the Defense and Strategic Studies program.
MAJ Davis was commissioned as an Armor officer upon graduation from the University of Michigan where is majored in Political Science, History, and Studies in Religion. Stationed at Camp Casey, Republic of Korea, he served as a tank platoon leader and support platoon leader in the 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor.
Upon completion of the Armor Captains' Career Course, MAJ Davis served as the Multi-National Division-Baghdad, Information Operations, Chief of Operations in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Together Forward II. Upon his return to Fort Hood, TX, MAJ Davis assumed command of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, trained the unit to deploy, and led them through the Iraqi Surge campaign in Baghdad, Iraq. During the deployment the unit earned the Valorous Unit Award and the Combat Action Streamer. In the final months of the deployment, MAJ Davis served as the Assistant Operations Officer for the 7th Squadron, 10th United States Cavalry.
Upon redeployment, MAJ Davis attended Harvard University where he earned a Master of Public Administration. While at graduate school, he was a teaching assistant for courses on National Security Organization & Management, and Defense Resource Allocation & Force Planning.
MAJ Davis next served as an Assistant Professor and the Deputy Director of Defense and Strategic Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He taught courses on Comparative Defense Policy, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency, and Platoon Operations. In 2013, MAJ Davis was awarded the Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching, West Point's highest teaching honor.
Following his first assignment to West Point, MAJ Davis attended the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, earning a Master of Military Art & Science in Joint Planning Studies. MAJ Davis was next assigned to Fort Bliss, TX where he served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry.
MAJ Davis holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London and the academic rank of Assistant Professor. He teaches courses in Research Methods, Strategic Studies Capstone, and Advanced Individual Study. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, and the Combat Action Badge.