Investment Analysis

CNA combines our understanding of our clients’ strategic goals, operational requirements, and information environment to provide objective, data-driven analytical support for their investment initiatives.

Acquisition Management

Often, the results of CNA’s work producing systems and data analysis and developing the operational concept, requirements, and enterprise architecture are used to determine if investments are necessary to meet the mission need and whether system replacements, enhancement, or technology refresh should be pursued as an acquisition. 

CNA is the ideal company for managing acquisitions because of our objective, data-driven analyses and the fact that we are not a systems developer and, therefore, have no organizational conflicts of interest.

Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Modernization Acquisition Support

CNA provided significant research, analysis, and planning support to the AIM Modernization program through various stages of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Acquisition Management System (AMS), from concept and requirements definition, through investment analysis, to solution development. For example, AIM Modernization Segment 2 (AIMM S2) will enable NextGen operational improvements through the development of the Aeronautical Common Service (ACS), which will be the authoritative source for aeronautical information in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Economic, Cost, Benefits Analysis

CNA analysts perform economic analyses to identify potential alternatives, evaluate the trade-offs, qualify and quantify costs and benefits, and determine if the expected benefit of making a system investment merits the cost. The acquisition process includes determining all of the core capabilities and functionality of the new system, and quantifying the costs and the benefits, to determine if a business case can be made to acquire the system to meet the agency’s goals.

Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Modernization Benefits Analysis

CNA’s team of experienced systems engineers and investment analysts worked closely with FAA personnel to develop the scope of the AIM Modernization program and define the shortfalls of the current operating environment. The analysis included the development of several discrete benefits associated with correcting the shortfalls that were analyzed and validated through a strong stakeholder management program. A strong benefit analysis supported the business case for the AIM Modernization program, which achieved a Final Investment Decision within the FAA’s Acquisition Management System.

Traffic Management Advisor

CNA provided the research and analysis necessary to understand and quantify benefits of system changes to the FAA and its stakeholders throughout the NAS. We provided the FAA’s Free Flight office with a pre-implementation benefits analysis for the Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) system. In field trials, TMA demonstrated the ability to increase airport arrival rates by providing better delivery from en route airspace to the terminal environment. We developed an airport simulation model that used preliminary capacity-increase projections and arrival-demand patterns to determine the anticipated benefits at the nation’s largest airports. We also quantified the system improvements by analyzing the operational impacts and translating them into economic benefits. For TMA, we conducted an impact assessment before and after TMA implementation to measure the increase in arrival rates and decrease in distance flown.