Tate Nurkin

Tate Nurkin is the Senior Director, Thought Leadership, with the Aerospace, Defense and Security business line of IHS Inc. In this role he is responsible for producing analysis of emerging and over-the-horizon challenges and competitions affecting the international security environment and global defence industry.


Mr Nurkin is also a member of the IHS Aerospace, Defense and Security Leadership Team, which is responsible for management of the operations of the legacy IHS ‘Jane’s’ brand, and of the IHS Thought Leadership Editorial Council, which shapes content included in IHS’s Thought Leadership Quarterlies. In September 2014 Mr Nurkin began a two year term on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security, and he is also engaged in the Council’s Nuclear Futures exercise workstream.


His current research focuses on the future of military and geopolitical competitions across the Western Pacific, nuclear security issues, emerging disruptive technologies and capabilities, NATO futures, and the future of the global defence industry. He is a frequent speaker and author on geopolitical and security dynamics and military technologies and frequently advises defence and security communities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania and East and South East Asia on emerging security opportunities and challenges.


Mr Nurkin also specializes in designing and delivering scenario planning exercises, tabletop games, horizon scanning analyses, ‘blue’ and ‘red’ team panels, net assessments and open source intelligence training for public sector and defence industry clients.


Mr Nurkin joined Jane’s Information Group (Jane’s) in March 2006 and subsequently joined IHS through its acquisition of Jane’s in July 2007. Prior to 2006, he worked for the Modeling, Simulation, Wargaming and Analysis Group of Booz Allen Hamilton, the Strategic Assessment Center of Science Application International Corporation, and with Joint Management Services, a small defence consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He holds a BA from Duke University and an MSc from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech.