Strategy, Policy, Plans, and Programs

CNA’s Strategy, Policy, Plans, and Programs division (SP3) provides strategic and political-military analysis to support senior military and civilian decision-makers. The division’s analysts use applied social science methodologies, field research, regional expertise, primary language skills, international partnerships and policy and operational experience to support high-level decisions. This multi-dimensional approach allows SP3 analysts to uncover and access new data sources, add depth and context and provide action-oriented empirical analysis.

SP3 analysts are engaged on a diverse array of issues, ranging from the complexities of North Korean leadership decision-making to autonomous weapons research in Russia; from counterterrorism policy options to nuclear arms reduction treaties. Historical analyses of naval fleet deployment strategies have informed both current and future force structures.