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.

Dr. Michael Connell, Director of CNA’s Iranian Studies Program, moderates a wide-ranging discussion with Dr. Gilles Kepel (Sciences Politiques Paris) and Mr. Alan Pino, former U.S. National Intelligence Officer for the Near East.

Research