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Special Operations Research Program

CNA’s analyses of special operations forces are coordinated by the Special Operations Research Program. Our experts bring a thorough understanding of operations to complex issues facing Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders and other special ops forces. These include analyses of special operations exercises and training, workforce management, infrastructure, support, acquisition, resource and costs, as well as regional security analysis.

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Why Special Operations?

Dr. Jonathan Schroden explains why special operations forces are uniquely suited to difficult policy problems requiring unorthodox solutions. The answer lies in the consideration of risk.

New Leadership for a New Generation

While some aspects of US Special Operations Forces’ leadership approach align well with what younger generations expect, critical gaps remain. Researchers recommend ways to address this issue so that SOF can best develop its future leaders.

Most of the work products for the Special Operations Research Program are classified or have distribution limited to the Department of Defense. Visitors with appropriate credentials can find these reports on the CNA SIPR site.


Dr. Jonathan Schroden , Director
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