75 years of service to our nation

Our Leadership

Katherine A.W. McGrady, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Katherine A. McGrady is President and Chief Executive Officer, CNA, which operates the Institute for Public Research and the Center for Naval Analyses, a federally-funded research and development center (FFRDC) that pioneered the field of operations analysis in support of the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Dr. McGrady began her career with CNA as an analyst in 1988. As the field representative to the Commander of Marine Forces Central Command and Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force, she served in the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq war (Desert Shield and Desert Storm). Dr. McGrady received the Department of Navy’s Superior Public Service Award for her contributions during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She also deployed as part of the Unified Task Force to Mogadishu, Somalia.

Subsequent assignments led to her selection as Vice President and Director, Integrated Systems and Operations (ISO) Division, where she led a team focused on issues at the interface between the Navy and Marine Corps, including analysis of expeditionary systems, logistics, operations and tactics, and training for expeditionary operations. Simultaneously, she directed CNA’s Marine Corps Program, where she developed the annual research program and was the primary interface between CNA and the senior Marine Corps leadership.

From 2004 through 2009 Dr. McGrady held a variety of positions at CNA: In 2004, she became CNA’s Senior Vice President for Research; in 2006, she was promoted to Executive Vice President; in June 2009, she was appointed CNA’s first Chief Operating Officer. In that role, she was responsible for the execution of CNA’s strategy and business processes, assuring consistency of policy and approach across the organization, and maintaining an environment of accountability and high research performance.

Dr. McGrady earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (Polymer Chemistry) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (cum laude) from Smith College, Northampton, MA.

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Kim Deal, Ph.D.

Chief Research Officer

Kim Deal, Ph.D. is CNA's chief research officer.

Deal, who began her career at CNA as a research analyst in 1998, has directed and supported a variety of projects covering concepts, operations, organizational structure, and logistics analysis for the Navy and Marine Corps. She was the field representative to Commander, Marine Corps Materiel Command (now Marine Corps Logistics Command) from 2000-2002 and became a research team leader (RTL) in CNA's Operations Evaluation Group in 2006.

In 2010 Deal was named RTL of the Marine Corps Field Team and Marine Corps Program (MCP) Research Director. As an RTL, Deal provided oversight to all CNA analysts at Marine Corps commands including: I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), II MEF, III MEF, Marine Forces Pacific, Marine Forces Command, U.S. Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron ONE, Marine Corps Information Operations Center, and Marine Forces Cyber Command. In her capacity as MCP Research Director, Deal led some of CNA's most important, highly visible studies for the senior leadership of the Marine Corps. From August 2015 to April 2016, Deal was vice president and director of CNA’s Marine Corps Program. Deal has also served as a scientific analyst to both the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics and the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration.

Deal earned a B.A., with honors, in Chemistry at Albion College, Albion, MI in 1989 and earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI in 1993. From 1993-1997 Deal was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Washington University School of Medicine and, from 1997-1998, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

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Donald G. DeBuck

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Donald G. DeBuck is CNA's executive vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer. As CFO, DeBuck is responsible for all financial and contractual operations of CNA. He manages the strategic planning, implementation, and management of CNA's accounting; budgeting; financial planning, reporting, systems development, and operations; treasury functions; and contract administration and procurement. He also oversees the annual consolidated budget, monthly forecasting, and analysis.

DeBuck has more than 20 years of experience as a senior finance executive and was formerly corporate vice president and Controller at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), a global IT services Fortune 200 company. He has operated in a complex global operating environment with a full range of global commercial clients, as well as the U.S. Government.

DeBuck earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and his Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.

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Pearl Mihara

Vice President, Human Resources

Pearl Mihara brings nearly 30 years of human resources and organizational development experience to the CNA management team. As vice president of Human Resources, she is responsible for providing strategic direction in all areas of Human Resources, including workforce planning, recruitment, compensation, and benefits.

Mihara has been responsible for setting the strategic vision and direction for human resources within major business units of General Dynamics, Alliant Tech Systems (ATK), and Hughes Electronics. In addition to her experience in the defense industry, Mihara has held leadership positions in the telecommunications start-up and NGO sectors. Her leadership agility and experience has influenced business-critical issues such as leadership development, succession planning, talent acquisition and HR transformation. Her recent challenges have focused on growth through acquisitions, operational excellence, restructuring rewards programs, and business integration.

Mihara holds a bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco.

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Mark E. Rosen

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Board Secretary

Mark E. Rosen, an international and national security lawyer, is senior vice president, general counsel, and board secretary at CNA. In addition to his duties in the areas of government contracts, licensing, insurance export controls, and privacy/human subjects research compliance, Rosen has authored numerous international and operational law studies in such areas as maritime disputes, law of the sea, law of armed conflict, international agreements, and arms control.

Rosen holds an adjunct faculty appointment from the George Washington University School of Law where he teaches courses on homeland security law and biodefense matters. Prior to CNA, Rosen served as the associate general counsel for the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and was the Department's regulatory compliance officer for all DHS-sponsored research. He also worked in the Small Business Administration's Office of International Trade, serving as the point person for all trade-policy matters and negotiating market-access agreements with various foreign governments. Rosen is a retired Navy Captain (JAGC) and served in various international law positions in the Pentagon including the ocean policy legal advisor to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations; political military planner, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), Joint Staff; and head of the International Programs Branch, Navy International Law Division, Washington, DC.

Rosen holds A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of Georgia and an LLM from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and Virginia (Corporate Counsel Designation) and various federal courts.

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David W. Vordick

Vice President, Chief Information Officer

David Vordick is vice president and chief information officer at CNA. Vordick provides vision and thought leadership for information, communication, and infrastructure services at CNA, including information technology support, computer and data security, communications and public affairs, facilities, document production services, corporate desktop applications, and overall information services and resources. A particular emphasis of his work is in the area of capture, retention, and communication of information and data produced as part of CNA's research operations.

Prior to joining CNA, Vordick was chief information officer with USEC, Inc. in Bethesda, MD, where, before being named CIO, he served as Corporate IT director and senior manager for Architecture and Infrastructure. Vordick also served as senior manager of Enterprise Information Systems for USEC after having started with the company in 1999 as a software engineering manager.

Vordick began his career in 1992 as a control system engineer with Computerized Processes Unlimited, Inc., Metairie, LA, then moved to All-Control Systems, Inc., in West Chester, PA. From 1997 to 1999 he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA, where he held several positions including computer systems management group leader.

Vordick holds a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University, where he received an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for the university's Executive MBA Program and was elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. He earned his B.S. in Engineering from Tulane. In 2005 and 2006, Vordick was nominated for the Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year National Award and was also a 2006 nominee for the ISE of the Year Mid-Atlantic Award.

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Mark B. Geis

Executive Vice President, Center for Naval Analyses

Mark Geis is executive vice president of CNA's Center for Naval Analyses, the Federally Funded Research and Development Center for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

Geis has more than 27 years of experience at CNA. He began his career in 1987, serving as a research analyst in CNA's Support Planning and Management division. In the 1990s he served as a CNA field representative and in 1997 was named director of the Marine Corps Operations Team in CNA’s Operations Evaluation Group (OEG). From 2000-2005 Geis was a research team leader and served as director of the Naval Operations & Support Team in CNA's Integrated Support and Operations division. From 2005-2015 he served as vice president and director of CNA's Marine Corps Program, and from 2010 to 2015 he was also vice president and director of OEG.

Geis received the Desert Shield/Desert Storm Southwest Asia Civilian Service Medal (1991) for his work in support of II MEF during Operation Desert Shield/Storm and the DoN Meritorious Civilian Service Award (1994) for his work in support of MARFORPAC as the command's field representative during 1992 through 1994. He also received the CNA 1996 Board of Trustees Award for his work as chairman of CNA's Employee Advisory Council as well as the CNA 2004 Board of Trustees Award for his oversight of the Marine Corps Operations Iraqi Freedom reconstruction and analysis effort.

He is a 1984 graduate of Bethel College where he earned a B.A. degree in Mathematics. He also holds an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma (1987).

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Linda C. Cavalluzzo, Ph.D.

Vice President and Director, Resource Analysis

Linda Cavalluzzo, Ph.D., vice president and director of CNA Resource Analysis, is a senior economist with extensive experience in the design, execution, and management of research studies in a variety of public policy areas. Her training and experience cuts across a range of methodological areas, including econometrics, survey design and implementation, focus group and case study research, and the design and analysis of longitudinal databases.

Over the course of her career at CNA, Cavalluzzo has made a series of exceptional contributions to both CNA's Center for Naval Analyses and CNA's Institute for Public Research – starting in 1979 with her work on readiness and logistics issues and the study of the relationship between the tempo of operations and unit readiness. She was also among the first group of CNA analysts to connect OPTEMPO, training accomplishment, and unit performance which laid the foundation for much of CNA readiness work performed since then.

In 1997 she led a bottom-up assessment of Navy's four institutions of higher education. Her research revealed that, although each school provided a quality education overall, the system was educating the wrong officers in the wrong subjects at the wrong times of their careers. These findings helped convince the Chief of Naval Operations to form an Executive Panel Task Force on Navy Officer Education in the 21st Century – an initiative for which Cavalluzzo provided the analytical support.

Immediately prior to her promotion to vice president and director, Cavalluzzo was managing director of CNA Education, where her contributions spanned a range of areas including teacher workforce issues, student achievement, the role of technology, especially in rural teaching, the role and effectiveness of early childhood education, and the effective use of data by teachers and education leaders.

Cavalluzzo is the 2010 recipient of CNA's Phil E. DePoy Award for Analytical Excellence. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from State University of New York at Buffalo, where she also earned a doctorate.

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Keith M. Costa, Ph.D.

Vice President and Director, Advanced Technology and Systems Analysis

Keith Costa, Ph.D. is vice president and director of CNA Advanced Technology and Systems Analysis (ATSA). Costa joined CNA in 1990 as a member of the Anti-submarine Warfare Department, as it was known then. He has had four field tours working with operating forces in the Pacific and European theaters, serving as the field representative to the Commanders of Seventh and Sixth Fleets, and to the Commander Naval Forces Europe.

Before he was appointed vice president and director, Costa directed ATSA's Expeditionary Systems and Support Team. His current research areas cover a wide range of topics, including missile defense, expeditionary operations, afloat logistics, networked ground warfare, and military experimentation.

Costa earned a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

In 1998, Costa won the Department of the Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Award for analytic support to Commander Seventh Fleet. From 1988-1990, he was a Taufest Physics Fellow.

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David M. Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Vice President and Director, China Studies

David M. Finkelstein, Ph.D. is vice president and director of CNA's China Studies division. A long-time student of Chinese and Asian affairs, he is widely published. His 1993 historical monograph, From Abandonment to Salvation: Washington's Taiwan Dilemma, 1949-50 (GMU Press), was hailed in Presidential Studies Quarterly as "blazing a new trail" and as certain to “take an important place in the literature of U.S.-China relations in the mid-20th Century.” He is also co-editor of China's Leadership in the 21st Century: The Rise of the Fourth Generation (M.E. Sharpe, 2002); Chinese Warfighting: The PLA Experience Since 1949 (M.E. Sharpe, 2003); China's Revolution in Doctrinal Affairs: Recent Trends in the Operational Art of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (CNA, 2005); and Civil-Military Relations in Today's China: Swimming in a New Sea (M.E. Sharpe, 2006).

A retired U.S. Army officer, Finkelstein held command and staff positions at the platoon, company, battalion, and major Army command levels. He also held significant China-related positions at the Pentagon as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he taught Chinese history.

Finkelstein holds a Ph.D. in Chinese history from Princeton University, and he is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and the Army War College. He has also studied Mandarin Chinese in Tianjin, China at Nankai University.

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Jonathan D. Geithner

Vice President and Director, Marine Corps Program

Jonathan D. Geithner is vice president and director of CNA’s Marine Corps Program which works collaboratively with senior Marine Corps leaders — at CNA headquarters and, through CNA's Field Program, at commands worldwide — to develop research programs that address such issues as operations, manpower and training, logistics, programs and resources, aviation, and naval integration.

Geithner began his career at CNA in 1991 as a staff member in CNA’s Support Planning and Management Division. He then served as an associate research analyst and deputy project director in the Policy, Strategy, and Forces Division. He also served as a research analyst for CNA’s Naval Operations and Support Team. Prior to being named vice president, Geithner was a research team leader responsible for developing a program of research focused on key naval integration-related challenges facing operating force commanders.

During his 25-year career at CNA, Geithner has served in the field five times, as a field representative to: Commander, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF); Commander, Marine Forces Pacific and Commander, Marine Forces Central Command (deploying with the Commander, Marine Forces Central Command to Bahrain during Operation Iraqi Freedom); Commander, Marine Forces Reserve; Commander, Multinational Forces West (MNF-W), Anbar Province, Iraq; and Commander, Third Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan (deploying in support of several humanitarian and crisis response operations).

Geithner holds a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an M.A. in International Economics and Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC.

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Jason E. Thomas, Ph.D.

Vice President and Director, Operations Evaluation Group

Jason Thomas, Ph.D. is vice president and director of CNA’s Operations Evaluation Group. He has wide-ranging experience in systems analysis and operations research, working on such issues as preparedness assessments, warfighting requirements, operational evaluations, formal IT development, and intelligence fusion.

Thomas’ most recent work at CNA was as field representative to USAF A2 Field Support Office (FSO) where he developed recommendations to improve U.S. intelligence ability to perform predictive battlespace awareness and assess supporting ISR technologies. In other work over his 14-year career at CNA, Thomas has conducted research and analysis for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency; the University of Michigan’s Brehm Center for Type 1 Diabetes; Naval Air Systems Command; Naval Special Warfare Command; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; Commander Carrier Strike Group Seven; and the Federal Aviation Administration. He has also authored numerous reports for Congress, including legislatively mandated queries and Questions for the Record (QFRs) in response to congressional testimony.

Thomas earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Akron, Akron, OH, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. He also studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government "Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security," Executive Education, National and International Security, Harvard, Boston, MA, 2006. In 2005 Thomas received the U.S. Navy Meritorious Public Service Award and in 2011 received CNA’s Phil E. DePoy Award for Analytical Excellence.

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Eric V. Thompson, Ph.D.

Vice President and Director, Strategic Studies

Eric V. Thompson, Ph.D., is vice president and director of CNA Strategic Studies. As a Middle East political and military affairs specialist, he has traveled extensively in North Africa, the Persian Gulf, and the Levant, working closely with U.S. and regional military and civilian leadership. His most recent work has addressed counterterrorism operations, security cooperation activities, military-to-military relations with Egypt, interoperability with Turkish and Algerian maritime forces, and coalition building for military operations in the CENTCOM region.

Thompson's research and analysis extends beyond the Middle East. He has led studies addressing interoperability with NATO navies, global force structure requirements, the implications of the deployment of theater ballistic missile defense systems, the use of distance learning technology in preparing for coalition operations, the effectiveness of Partnership for Peace programs, and future security cooperation priorities for the U.S. military.

Thompson is also an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America, where he teaches graduate classes on terrorism and other national security issues. Prior to joining CNA, he was an adjunct professor of international relations and history at the Virginia Military Institute, where he taught courses in Middle East history, international relations and American government, and served as the director of the Model Arab League program.

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Timothy L. Beres

Executive Vice President, Institute for Public Research

Timothy Beres is executive vice president of CNA's Institute for Public Research (IPR). IPR provides high-level research and analysis services to federal, state, and local government agencies, and non-commercial clients working in domestic issue areas such as education, energy, water and climate, air traffic management, and safety and security.

As a former member of the Senior Executive Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Beres was responsible for managing a $3 billion state and local preparedness assistance program that included grants and Technical Assistance. In this position he developed and implemented the first risk-based preparedness grant program—the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), established the first interoperable communications and terrorism prevention (focused on state and local intelligence fusion) technical assistance programs, established the first Transit Security Grant Program and changed the Port Security Grant Program into a risk-based security initiative.

Beres also worked in various senior management positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, and was a revenue officer for the State of North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Beres holds a bachelor's degree in History from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Joseph B. Butcher

Vice President, Business Development

Joseph Butcher, CNA’s vice president of business development, has extensive experience in the Federal Government business development life cycle, including defining business strategies and capture and proposal strategy, planning, and implementation.

Prior to joining CNA, Butcher was senior capture manager at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services in Herndon, VA. There he led teams of business development professionals and account leads in implementing comprehensive capture strategies for top civil market IT opportunities across organizations such as the U.S. Departments of Education and Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the General Services Administration, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Before Hewlett-Packard, Butcher worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in McClean, VA, for more than 16 years — starting as a policy analyst, then serving as a program manager, then as a business development lead and, finally, as a senior capture manager. Butcher began his career in Pittsburgh, PA, where from 1988-1994 he was executive business manager for a local television station.

Butcher holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Telecommunications Studies from Penn State University.

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Stacey E. Jordan

Vice President and Director, Education

Stacey Jordan serves as vice president and director of CNA Education. She has extensive experience in public education policy at the district, state, and federal levels; having served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Education; Director of the Policy Center at American Institutes for Research; the Director of Strategic Partnerships, New York City Department of Education, and as the Education Liaison for the City of Providence Rhode Island.

As vice president and director, she is responsible for the management and development of educational initiatives and for the execution of the division's business strategy. She oversees the education team, manages daily operations, determines bid decisions, and is responsible for staff development and performance. Jordan is also responsible for utilization rates, funding and revenue of the division. Further, she oversees the execution of large scale contracts and grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, in addition to multiple division grants.

Jordan earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, and a master's in Social Welfare Policy from the University of Texas.

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David J. Kaufman

Vice President and Director, Safety and Security

David J. Kaufman returns to CNA as vice president and director of CNA Safety and Security (SAS) after serving in SAS as a director from 2008-2009. As vice president, Kaufman is responsible for overall executive management for the development and execution of all work in SAS, including the areas of public safety, homeland security, emergency management, and public health.

From 2009 to 2015, Kaufman served as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs. At FEMA, he provided leadership, analysis, coordination, and decision-making support to the FEMA Administrator on a wide range of agency policies, strategy, plans, programs, and key initiatives. In particular, he led the framing of FEMA's current strategic direction; developed the agency's Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management and its supporting doctrine; established the FEMAStat performance management framework; and launched the Strategic Foresight Initiative, exploring the impacts of global trends on disaster management.

Kaufman is a former faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and has formerly served in several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in FEMA.

Kaufman earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

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Bradford K. Ng, Ph.D.

Vice President and Director, Enterprise Systems and Data Analysis

Bradford K. Ng, Ph.D. is vice president and director of the Enterprise Systems and Data Analysis (ESDA) division for CNA's work supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Under Ng's leadership, CNA analysts play an integral role in helping the FAA pursue its mission of providing a safe, secure, and efficient global airspace system that contributes to national security and U.S. economic development.

Ng served as managing director, project director and research analyst since 1988 at CNA. He spent his first four years as a naval warfare analyst, then served a year in the field supporting Commander Carrier Group (COMCARGRU) 2 during preparation for deployment in the Mediter­ranean and Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group COMCRUDESGRU 8 during counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean and East­ern Pacific.

Upon returning from his field assignment, Ng began working as the project director in charge of CNA's contract vehicle with the FAA, which he has supported since.

Ng earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles, an M.S. in Chemistry from California State University at Los Angeles, and a B.S. in Biomedical Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Course, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University , is a member of the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), and holds Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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