CNA (nonprofit)

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Founded 1942
Focus Research and analysis services
Key people
Dr. Katherine A.W. McGrady, President and CEO

CNA, formerly known as the CNA Corporation, is a nonprofit research and analysis organization based in Arlington, VA. CNA has around 625 employees.[1]


CNA operates:[2]

  • the Center for Naval Analyses. CNA's Center for Naval Analyses is the federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Navy and Marine Corps. It also provides research and analysis services to other military and government agencies to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. national defense efforts. It has seven divisions: Advanced Technology & Systems Analysis, China Studies, Resource Analysis, the Marine Corps Program, the Operations Evaluation Group, the Center for Strategic Studies, and the Special Operations Program.[3] These divisions address issues of preparedness, operations evaluation, systems analysis, foreign affairs, strategic relationships, humanitarian operations, logistics, and manpower.
Through the Center’s Field Program, approximately 50 analysts are assigned to Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Commands around the world. Assignments range from carrier strike groups and Marine expeditionary forces to the U.S. Pacific Command. Field analysts are included in all functions of the command and provide real-time analytical support on operational problems of immediate concern to the military.[4]
Mark Geis, formerly vice president and director of CNA's Operations Evaluation Group and of CNA's Marine Corps Program, became the executive vice president of CNA's Center for Naval Analyses in 2015.[5]
Past presidents of the Center for Naval Analyses include Dr. Paul Speer, an oceanographer who is now with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and Christine H. Fox, who, in 2014, served as acting deputy secretary of Defense before retiring from the Pentagon and joining the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.


CNA Headquarters in Arlington, VA

Katherine A.W. McGrady, Ph.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of CNA.[7] She was previously CNA's Chief Operating Officer.[8]

Board of Trustees[edit]


CNA research covers a variety of topics including national defense, education, energy, water and climate, air traffic management, and safety and security. A few recently released reports include:

  • Retirement Choice 2015 (November 2015)[12][13]
  • Appalachia Rising: A Review of Education Research (September 2015)[14][15]
  • North Korea's Provocation and Escalation Calculus: Dealing with the Kim Jong-un Regime (August 2015)[16]
  • The Potential Environmental Impacts of Fracking in the Delaware River Basin (August 2015)[17][18][19]
  • National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change (May 2014)[20][21]
  • In February 2014, CNA released an "Independent Assessment of the Afghan National Security Forces." This assessment, tasked by the United States Congress, outlines the likely security environment for Afghanistan over the next decade as well as an overview of the Afghan National Security Forces capabilities.[22][23]


  1. ^ a b "Hiring PhDs: Interview with the Director of Human Resources at CNA Corporation",, retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ The Washington Post, Center for Naval Analyses, retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ CNA, Centers and Divisions, retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ CNA, Field Program, retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ CNA (July 13, 2015), CNA Names Mark Geis Executive Vice President of the Center for Naval Analyses. 
  6. ^ CNA, Solution Centers, retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ CNA, Katherine A.W. McGrady, Ph.D., retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Charity Brown (September 7, 2009), "New at the Top: Katherine A.W. McGrady", The Washington Post. 
  9. ^ "Washington area appointments and promotions for the week of Oct. 1". Washington Post. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "MAKING MOVES — SEAN STACKLEY JOINING CNA BOARD". Politico. December 20, 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  11. ^ CNA, CNA Board of Trustees, retrieved February 24, 2018. 
  12. ^ Anita Hattiangadi; Lewis G. Lee; Robert Shuford & Aline Quester (November 17, 2015), Retirement Choice 2015 (PDF), CNA. 
  13. ^ Andrew Tilghman (November 17, 2015), "Retirement 'calculator' lets troops compare options", Military Times. 
  14. ^ Patricia Kannapel; Michael Flory; Eric Cramer & Renee Carr (September 16, 2015), Appalachia Rising: A Review of Education Research (PDF), CNA. 
  15. ^ Jackie Mader (September 22, 2015), "Education in Middle Appalachia Improving, Obstacles Remain, Report Says", Education Week. 
  16. ^ Ken Gause (August 31, 2015), North Korea's Provocation and Escalation Calculus: Dealing with the Kim Jong-un Regime (PDF), CNA. 
  17. ^ Steven Habicht; Lars Hanson; Paul Faeth (August 11, 2015), The Potential Environmental Impacts of Fracking in the Delaware River Basin (PDF), CNA. 
  18. ^ Brendan Gibbons (August 12, 2015), "Report details risks of lifting drilling moratorium", The Times-Tribune (Scranton). 
  19. ^ Natasha Geiling (August 12, 2015), "Study: Fracking In The Delaware River Basin Would Threaten Health Of 45,000", ThinkProgress. 
  20. ^ CNA Military Advisory Board (May 2014), National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change (PDF), CNA Military Advisory Board. 
  21. ^ Coral Davenport (May 13, 2014), "Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers", The New York Times. 
  22. ^ Council on Foreign Relations (January 24, 2014), CNA's Independent Assessment of the Afghan National Security Forces. 
  23. ^ Jon Harper (February 21, 2014), "Study: Current plans for Afghan security forces risk failure", Stars and Stripes. 

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