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Plans and Strategy

CNA complements its expertise in tactics and operations with a sophisticated understanding of the strategic issues facing leaders at the highest levels. Our scientific analysts have long been trusted advisors to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations. CNA employs military historians, former admirals, nuclear diplomacy specialists, and experts in international relations and the law of the sea.

Our analyses have informed some of the most renowned naval planning documents of past decades. These include Sea Plan 2000, the Maritime Strategy of the 1980s, Project SIXTY, Forward . . . From the Sea, The Way Ahead, A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, and Advantage at Sea. CNA experts in plans and strategy are currently supporting the development of the National Defense Strategy.

Why Special Operations?

Dr. Jonathan Schroden explains why special operations forces are uniquely suited to difficult policy problems requiring unorthodox solutions. The answer lies in the consideration of risk.