LTC Nicholas (Nick) Thompson instructs and directs DS 360, Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict at the United States Military Academy.  He has served in various special operations forces (SOF) positions since 2003, where he deployed on multiple occasions to Afghanistan and Iraq with 2/75th Ranger Regiment.  Nick joined Special Forces in 2008 and deployed multiple times with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to Iraq.  After commanding ODA 0223, he commanded C Company, 6th Battalion 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne).  Nick and his wife Erica have five children.  Nick's research focuses on international relations and comparative politics, specifically conflict and information asymmetry.  

Areas of Interest

  • Information asymmetry
  • Sub-national conflict
  • Terrorism
  • Sabotage


  • Degree Type
    MA, MS, BA
    Degree Details
    Master of Arts, Government and Politics; Master of Science, Defense Analysis; Bachelor of Art, Biology




  • Thompson, Nicholas R. and William P. Fox, “Phase Targeting of Terrorist Attacks: Simplifying Complexity with Analytical Hierarchy Process,” The International Journal of Decision Science. 5, no 1 (2014): 56-64.

Research Topics

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
United States Army
UM Globe
offsite at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
Government and Politics Department
nrthom [at]
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