Year in Review 2012

As CNA concludes the celebration of our 70th year, we reflect on the pivotal roles our analysts have played—and continue to play—in supporting our military and government leaders in their important work at home and abroad. From World War II to the war in Afghanistan, from homeland security to education, on site in locations across the country and around the world, CNA analysts have always been, and remain, out in front when it counts, delivering analytical excellence. To honor those efforts, we’ve expanded this 2012 Year in Review to include highlights from our past that stand as milestones of our 70-year history and that are the foundation of our work today.

In 1940, President Roosevelt created the National Defense Research Committee to enlist the aid of scientists in improving U.S. military preparedness. CNA, which was founded in 1942 as the Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Research Group (ASWORG), is a descendant of that approach to research. ASWORG set a precedent among research organizations by putting its analysts on site to assess matters first hand and help find immediate practical answers to operational problems. By the end of World War II, nearly half of CNA’s 80 analysts were assigned to various operating commands worldwide, and CNA’s field program was firmly established as one of the most effective tools in the emerging scientific discipline of operational analysis.

Now, as then, our field program is one of the characteristics of CNA that sets us apart. Serving as the Federally Funded Research and Development Center for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, CNA’s Center for Naval Analyses continues to deploy research analysts to the field where they can observe conditions on the ground, at sea, and in the air. And through CNA’s Institute for Public Research, our analysts serve on the front lines of some of the most pressing issues facing Americans here at home: education, homeland security, cyber security, new media, health care, air traffic management, energy, and the environment.

This diverse research agenda is carried out by a world-class staff of professionals that includes statisticians, political scientists, economists, chemists, physicists, engineers, and many more disciplines. Whether on foreign battlefields or inside city council chambers, our analysts give military and other government leaders the information and insight they need to make informed decisions and take effective action. It is their work that is highlighted here—work that defines our success and continues CNA’s 70-year tradition of analytical excellence.

Thank you for taking a moment to review our efforts, and special thanks to everyone at CNA for their dedication to our work and to assisting our sponsors.


Rozanne L. Ridgway
Ambassador (Ret.)
Chair, Board of Trustees

Robert J. Murray
President and CEO