Center for Naval Analyses

Center for Naval Analyses: cutting-edge, expert analysis and high quality, impartial information for effective decision making.

The Center for Naval Analyses is a federally funded research and development center serving the Department of the Navy and other defense agencies. Center analysts pioneered the field of operations research and for more than 70 years have addressed issues that relate to military preparedness, operations evaluation, systems analysis, foreign affairs, strategic relationships, humanitarian operations and logistics.

Decades of service to the national defense community have kept the Center continually engaged in working with complex data sets, problems of undefined scope and scale, and issues of great urgency. This vast reservoir of experience has allowed CNA Corporation to acquire unique competencies and develop well-honed analytic skills.

The Center’s efforts are defined by a unique brand of multi-disciplinary, field-based real-world, real-time research and analysis that combines observations of people, decisions, and processes. Analysts work on site with operating forces addressing such issues as finding the best ways to employ new technologies and how to handle the complex command-and-control relationships critical to multinational alliances and coalition operations.

CNA Corporation’s access, knowledgebase, experience, field presence, and institutional memory are powerful assets in addressing national security issues. And its superior operations research and long-range concept development capabilities allow the Center for Naval Analyses to address military challenges and opportunities with insight, clarity and imagination.

Note to reporters and editors: CNA is not an acronym and is correctly referenced as “CNA Corporation, a nonprofit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, VA."


Helping decision makers get the best possible returns from their technology and systems investments.

Providing in-depth analyses of China's emerging role in the international order, important issues in U.S.-China relations, and critical developments within China itself.

Expert analysis of issues of critical concern to the Marine Corps leadership, including manpower and training, operations, logistics, aviation, Naval integration, and programs and resources.

Conducting ongoing Washington-based operational studies of systems, resources, and integrations.

Conducting ongoing field-based research focused on the operational challenges facing the military and other government agencies.

Providing analytical services to help develop, evaluate, and implement policies, practices, and programs that make people, budgets, and assets more effective and efficient.

Identifying "the issue after next" in the research and analysis of a wide range of strategic, regional, and policy issues.