Adjunct Junior Fellow
Nathan Daniels, a native of Savannah, TN, currently serves as an Adjunct Junior Fellow at the American Security Project specializing in nuclear security, terrorism, and violent extremism. A former Nuclear Security Intern at ASP, Nathan received his B.A. in International Studies from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
During his internship with the American Security Project, Nathan wrote extensively about nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He drafted official statements for ASP’s Director of Nuclear Security and Chief Executive Officer regarding nuclear security and other national security issues. He also helped launch a new space and national security initiative at ASP. His work in support of this issue area focused on the national security implications of the United States’ reliance on Russian rocket engines to launch satellites into space.
While at UTM, he received mentorship and instruction from a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Unit Chief of the National Counterterrorism Center’s International Terrorism Section. He led classroom counterterrorism tabletop exercises simulating real life, nuclear terrorism plots. For his senior seminar project, he hosted a campus wide nuclear security forum focused on Iran and North Korea.
Nathan also interned in Washington, D.C. for United States Senator Claire McCaskill, whom at the time of his internship was serving as Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and as a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Nathan has completed numerous certificate courses and training programs, such as Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat through the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Conflict Analysis course through the United States Institute of Peace.
Additionally, Nathan spent three weeks at the National Forensic Academy, an in-residence program at the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC). He received instruction from nationally recognized subject matter experts on topics that included crime scene investigation, evidence identification and collection, forensic photography, latent fingerprint processing, shooting scene reconstruction, and bloodstain pattern analysis. The program also involved a skeletal and human remains recovery field exercise at the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, better known as the “Body Farm”.
Nathan is currently finishing up his M.S. in Homeland Security through the University of Tennessee Southern. He will be attending law school at the University of Memphis starting in fall of 2023. His career goals include working in public service as a United States Attorney prosecuting terrorism, violent extremism, human trafficking, and crimes against children.