MAJ Nicholas R. Thompson is the course director for Special Operations - Low Intensity Conflict in the Department of Strategic Studies program.
MAJ Thompson was commissioned as an Infantry officer upon graduation from the University of Montana, where he majored in Biology with emphases in Ecology and Zoology. Stationed first at Fort Drum, New York, he served as a light infantry platoon leader and infantry company executive officer in 2/22 IN Battalion. While assigned to the 2/22 IN Bn., he deployed to Bosnia in support of SFOR 10 peacekeeping operations. As a senior lieutenant he was accepted into the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, where he served at Fort Lewis, Washington as a Mortar Platoon Leader and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Executive Officer. While assigned to 2/75th Rangers, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the north eastern part of the country on two separate occasions. He also served in Iraq supporting the Transition of Iraq, as the Joint Special Operations Command LNO to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Ramadi, Iraq.
After serving in 2/7th Rangers, MAJ Thompson completed the Maneuver Captain's Career Course (MCCC). Following, he was selected into the Special Forces branch, and upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course (Q-Course), he served as the Operational Detachment - Alpha (ODA) 0223 commander. While in command of ODA 0223, MAJ Thompson deployed to Iraq once more in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during the Iraqi Sovereignty phase of the conflict. After a successful command, MAJ Thompson deployed once more to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, where he served as the Combined Joint Special Operations Forces - Arabian Peninsula (CJSOTF-AP) LNO to the United States Division - Central (USD-C).
Upon redeployment from Iraq, MAJ Thompson attended the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, CA, where he earned a Master of Science in Defense Analysis along an irregular warfare tract that included nuclear weapons and non-proliferation, counterterrorism, nuclear deterrence, insurgency, and counterinsurgency . While attending the Naval Postgraduate School, he completed the resident Intermediate Level Education (ILE) and the Joint Military Operations Level I (JMO-I) within the Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) curriculum in the Naval War College that focuses on joint warfighting at the theater-strategic and operational levels of war.
MAJ Thompson next served as the Special Forces Company Commander for C Company, 6th Battalion, Special Warfare Training Group - Airborne (SWTG-A) at the prestigious Range 37 located on Fort Bragg, NC. As the commander of a special skills company, MAJ Thompson oversaw three specialized programs of instruction for military innovation for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in enhanced biometric and forensic exploitation, innovation in the the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) technical surveillance, and the USASOC physical surveillance program, which transition he led from an excessive contract based course of instruction to an institutionalized and fully funded program.
After a successful command, MAJ Thompson attended the University of Maryland, in College Park, MD, where he earned a Master of Arts in Government and Politics. Specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics, he continues his education by pursuing a doctorate in the same program under the guidance of Dr. Mark Lichbach and Dr. Paul Huth.
MAJ Thompson teaches courses in Special Operations - Low Intensity Conflict and Counterinsurgency. He leads the Irregular Warfare Group and is an assistant coach for the West Point competitive Climbing Team. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist's Badge and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.