Nicholas Winstead

Research Trainee


Mr. Nicholas Winstead is a Research Trainee at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD). Mr. Winstead's research at the Center concentrates on U.S. nuclear weapons policy and planning, countering-WMD, and emerging technologies, including nanotechnology and hypersonic weapons. 

Mr. Winstead graduated from American University ('17) with a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in National Security. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Foreign Policy and National Security, also at American University ('20). His academic research interests include the history of U.S. nuclear strategy, Executive-Legislative relations in foreign policy, and intelligence studies. Mr. Winstead is an inaugural fellow of the Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology, a collective of scholars dedicated to researching the impacts of emerging technologies. He also supports projects at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence through the Virtual Student Foreign Service program.

Prior to joining CSWMD, Mr. Winstead gained experience in wargaming and simulation as an intern at NDU's Center for Applied Strategic Learning (CASL). Fluent in French and Spanish, Mr. Winstead also worked at the Atlantic Treaty Association in Belgium, where he conducted research on the European defense industry and hybrid warfare.