Nick Childs

Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security


  • Defence (maritime)
  • US, Russia, China and UK naval forces, plus other European and Asia-Pacific major naval powers
  • Naval and maritime policy and strategy, major maritime disputes, aircraft carrier capabilities, submarine and sub-surface warfare developments, amphibious warfare, naval ballistic missile defence.

Languages: English

Summary: Nick Childs is responsible for the Institute’s analysis of naval forces and maritime security, and for the data on sea power capabilities published in the flagship annual Military Balance. It is also his job to formulate and deliver research projects in these areas, and contribute to other Institute publications and activities, including conferences and consultancy.


  • 2012–2015: BBC World Affairs Correspondent
  • 2009–2012: BBC Defence and Security Correspondent
  • 2008–2009: BBC Political Correspondent
  • 2002–2006: BBC Pentagon Correspondent


  • 'The Measure of Britain’s New Maritime Ambition', Survival Vol. 58, Feb–March 2016
  • Britain’s Future Navy, Pen & Sword, 2012
  • The Age of Invincible, Pen & Sword, 2009

About the Defence and Military Analysis Programme:

The IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme (DMAP) analyses global defence and security affairs. Focus areas include national military and security policies and capabilities; reform and modernisation of armed forces; impact of new technologies; defence spending and procurement; the effects of austerity and rising spending on defence policy and acquisition; trends in equipment design and utility; and the defence-industrial base.

Joined IISS: June 2015

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