Thomas M. Nichols is a professor of national security affairs and a former chairman of the Strategy Department at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. He previously taught international relations and Soviet/Russian affairs at Dartmouth and Georgetown Universities. He holds a PhD from Georgetown University, an MA from Columbia University, the Certificate of the Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union at Columbia, and a BA from Boston University.
He was personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania, and served as a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He is currently a fellow in both the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a senior associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City and a fellow of the International History Institute at Boston University.
His most recent book, about the revolutionary changes taking place in how nations go to war, is Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).