Former National Security Council and U.S. Navy
Rick “Ozzie” Nelson is a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot with over 20 years of operational and intelligence experience, including assignments at the Office of Combating Terrorism, National Security Council staff of President George W. Bush; the National Counterterrorism Center; and the Joint Special Operations Command. He also served as Navy legislative fellow for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. After retiring from the Navy in 2009, Mr. Nelson joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), serving as director of the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism program until 2013. He currently serves as Senior Vice President for the public sector at MicroStrategy. Mr. Nelson graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in political science, holds an M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of the Naval War College. He is an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a nonresident senior associate at CSIS. He is also a frequent contributor to media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CBS, CNN, and ABC.