Operational Warfighting

CNA’s Operational Warfighting division (OPS) focuses on improving the ability of the Department of the Navy to organize, plan, train and execute at the operational level of warfare. OPS analysis typically links wargaming, concept development, hypothesis testing and operational assessment into an iterative cycle. Their research emphasizes naval integration, joint and combined operations, cyber effects, intelligence support and special operations.

The Operational Warfighting division builds directly upon more than 75 years of operational research at CNA. Its analysts carry on the traditions established in World War II of scientists working side-by-side with naval operators and commanders to gather relevant data. The division is one of the largest in the Center for Naval Analyses and operates seven major research programs.

  • Organizations, Roles, and Missions - Margaux Hoar, Director
  • Fleet Plans and Requirements - Barry Howell, Director
  • Fleet Operations and Assessments - Rick Kohout, Director
  • Operational Training and Readiness - Kai Wang, Director
  • Special Activities and Intelligence - David Broyles, Director
  • Expeditionary Warfare - Charles Nickerson, Director
  • Gaming and Integration - Chris Ma, Director