China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs

The mission of the China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division (CIP) is to provide policy makers, warfighters, and other USG officials with high quality, timely political-military analyses and insights that will assist them in making informed decisions as they confront the challenges of competitors, engage with allies and partners, and pursue their own objectives and programs across the Indo-Pacific region.

Operational Warfighting

The Operational Warfighting division (OPS) focuses on preparing and employing our military forces to compete and win against our most capable adversaries. The major functional components of our work include activities associated with generating and then employing the force. Of particular importance are providing analytical underpinning to the operational concepts like fleet design, dynamic force employment and distributed maritime operations.

Resources and Force Readiness

The Resources and Force Readiness division (RFR) provides analyses grounded in data to inform resource, process and policy decisions that affect military and force readiness. RFR is concerned with the efficient and effective use of resources, to ensure that units are ready to perform as designed. Using indicators of unit readiness, the division conducts quantitative and qualitative analyses to better inform a full range of resource allocation decisions, including decisions pertaining to manning, maintenance, supply, and training.

Strategy, Policy, Plans, and Programs

CNA’s Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs (SP3) division leverages social science research methods, field research, regional expertise, primary language skills, Track 1.5 partnerships, and policy and operational experience to support senior decision-makers. The division focuses on providing analysis to more fully illuminate the strategic and operational environment; enable assessment of factors and trends in the security environment that can be difficult to distill and/or quantify in isolation; characterize and evaluate important actors (Red, Blue, and Green); and, assess how they can affect or be affected by US strategies, policies, plans and programs.

Systems, Tactics, and Force Development

The Systems, Tactics, and Force Development (STF) division focuses on systems and platforms at the tactical level of warfare in order to provide classical warfare analyses to help the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense win the great power competition while meeting other warfighting requirements to simultaneously deter and defeat lessor threats. The division conducts quantitative analyses of fleet systems and multi-mission platforms to develop performance estimates against China, Russia, and other threats.

Military Advisory Board

Our Military Advisory Board is an elite group of retired three- and four-star flag and general officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps that studies pressing issues of the day to assess their impact on America's national security.

Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence

CNA’s Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence promotes the effective incorporation of autonomy, artificial intelligence (AI), and related technologies in military operations. The Center has four lines of effort: connect key stakeholders; conduct multi-disciplinary research; provide insightful recommendations to advance the effectiveness of US military operations; and develop and refine creative approaches to the development and use of autonomy and AI.

Cyber Research Program

CNA’s Cyber Research Program supports leaders and warfighters charged with cyber-related responsibilities through objective analysis informed by a diverse array of technical competencies and grounded in a deep understanding of military operations. These issues include cyberspace operations; cyber security principles and implementation; cyber strategy, policy, deterrence, and escalation; cyber workforce management and manpower requirements; and cyber acquisition, resource, and gap analysis.

Data Science Program

CNA’s Data Science Program provides data science expertise and support to the Department of the Navy. The program develops advanced analytics and algorithms, including machine learning and predictive analytics, to identify root causes of both successful and poor performance and to optimize Navy outcomes. The program is focused on efforts where the size of the datasets and complexity of the questions demand advanced coding skills for data wrangling, statistical, and modelling techniques; providing the Navy with design thinking facilitated workshops, and more.

Marine Corps Program

The Marine Corps Program oversees and manages all aspects of CNA’s support to the Marine Corps. The program provides analytic support on a wide range of issues critical to the Marine Corps leadership—this work is executed within the FFRDC research divisions. In addition to CNA headquarters-based analysts, CNA analysts provide full-time on-site support to key Marine Corps operating force commands as part of our field program. The Marine Corps program also includes analytic support to major exercises and on-site deployed support for all major real-world operations and contingencies involving Marine Corps forces.

Operations Evaluation Group

The Operations Evaluation Group (OEG) is responsible for overseeing all aspects of CNA's field program, as well as CNA's exercise support program and our support to all real-world operations and contingencies. The field program deploys analysts to operational commands around the world to provide full-time, on-site support to commanders and their staffs on a wide range of strategic, operational, and tactical issues.

Special Operations Research Program

CNA’s Special Operations Research Program brings the “full spectrum” research and analysis capabilities to bear on the most complex and challenging issues facing special operations forces (SOF) today and in the future. The program helps the FFRDC develop and maintain key competencies in the following areas: special operations, exercises, and training; manpower policy, workforce management, and preservation of the force; concept development, experimentation, and program evaluation; plans, policy, and regional security analysis; acquisition, resource, and cost analysis; and logistics, infrastructure, and support activities.

Enterprise Systems and Data Analysis

The mission of CNA's Enterprise Systems and Data Analysis division (ESDA) is to create modern, cohesive data management solutions that allow clients to make well-grounded, data-driven decisions to meet demands. ESDA analyzes the entirety of systems – the people, the process, the data, and technology – to identify high-quality options for improved operations.

Safety and Security

CNA Safety and Security (SAS) is a national leader in supporting homeland security, public safety, and emergency operations at all levels of government. SAS uses research and analysis to deliver solutions that improve decision-making during crisis operations and develop innovative answers to challenging safety and security problems.