Mr. Nicholas Taylor
Senior Principal Analyst
Nicholas Taylor is a Senior Principal Analyst in the Exploration Division of the UK Ministry of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). In this role, he leads research and analysis on deterrence and other strategic effects. He has pioneered a new approach to the development and implementation of cross-government deterrence strategies, and now heads its application in UK Government and advises senior decision-makers on deterrence issues. Nicholas conducts regular collaboration with the US Department of Defense and other NATO allies, and in 2016 launched the UK Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance. He continues to lead studies at Dstl, with a current focus on understanding strategic culture and assessing deterrence effectiveness. Prior to joining Dstl, Nicholas worked as a consultant on a range of defence projects in support of UK MoD; before that, he began his career with a commission in the Royal Air Force as a Fighter Controller. Nicholas was awarded a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Strategic Studies at Lancaster University, which included a year of study at the University of Nebraska. He holds visiting roles at King’s College London and Lancaster University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).