Center for Homeland Security and Infrastructure Resilience

CNA’s Center for Homeland Security and Infrastructure Resilience applies multidisciplinary, data-driven, objective methods to increase the safety and security of our nation’s residents, visitors, environment, infrastructure, economy and cyberspace. The center is committed to strengthening homeland security and infrastructure resilience through innovative, yet practical solutions that drive action at all levels of government and in the private sector.

Our Vision

We seek to impact policy, decision-making and operations in support of increased homeland security and infrastructure resilience in all that we do. By providing thought leadership, we contribute to and shape the existing body of knowledge in our field. We aspire to a reputation for analytic excellence, for effectively addressing highly complex and emerging analytic problems, and for helping our clients and sponsors to successfully navigate the most challenging stakeholder environments.


Research and analysis— Our solutions are designed by scientists, analysts, mathematicians and policy specialists dedicated to public service. We use advanced statistical, geospatial and qualitative methods and modeling as appropriate. Some current examples of our analytic work include:

  • Supply chain analysis
  • Workforce analysis
  • Futures (strategic foresight) analysis

Planning and Doctrine Development— We facilitate strategic and operational planning processes, and we lead the development of corresponding doctrine. Our plans, frameworks and guides range from federal strategies to detailed local impact assessments. Some current examples of our planning include:

  • Strategic Plan for Critical Infrastructure Assessment
  • Radiological/Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threat Management Guides for State and Local Government
  • ESF #14 Concept of Operations

Operations Support—Our staff support operators at all levels of government. During emergencies, we forward deploy to assist operations centers and we provide reachback support for on-demand analytics. In a steady-state environment, we develop, coordinate and deliver training programs and exercise series. Some examples of our current operations support include:

  • On-demand analysis and emergency deployment during disaster activations
  • Curriculum development, training session preparation and training delivery
  • Exercise planning, coordination and execution

Stakeholder Engagement—We understand that the success of homeland security initiatives often requires effective coordination and communications with a diverse set of stakeholders who have varying, informed, and sometimes controversial interests and perspectives. To develop transformative and sustainable solutions that strengthen homeland security and infrastructure resilience, we use mixed methods to elicit stakeholder inputs, validate assumptions, and promote ongoing engagement and participation. Some examples of our work to navigate stakeholder environments include:

  • Establishing and coordinating networks of task forces and work groups
  • Inventorying and developing organizational schemas to manage stakeholder engagement
  • Applying best practice interview techniques and interactive facilitation methods