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Jeffery M. Peterson

Vice President and Director, Resources and Force Readiness Division

Jeffery Peterson is vice president and director of CNA’s Resources and Force Readiness division. Peterson joined CNA in 2012 and worked as a member of the Marine Corps Manpower team in the Resource Analysis division until he took over leadership of the Fleet and Operational Manpower team in 2016. In the 2018 realignment of the Center for Naval Analyses, Peterson was redesignated as the research director of the Navy Manning, Education, and Training program within the Resources and Force Readiness division.

Over the course of his career at CNA, Peterson has made a series of exceptional analytical contributions to CNA's support of the Department of the Navy. He worked with Marine Corps to analyze policy options that would allow their highest quality enlisted first-term and career-force Marines to reenlist earlier and for longer periods. He also supported the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group in their expansion effort following the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Peterson is a retired Marine Corps colonel with 30 years of active duty service. He served in staff, commanding officer and chief of staff positions throughout the Marine Corps manpower, recruiting and recruit-training enterprises.

Peterson holds a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the United States Army War College, an M.S. in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School — where he received the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence — and a B.S. in Business and Economics from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.