Kelly Jean Diaz
Research Scientist


Kelly Diaz is an expert in organizational design and management, specifically for DoD offices and commands. She focuses on issues of command and control, readiness and training, and wargaming. Diaz has led multi-year, strategy investment projects for international organizations, and has supported numerous high-profile studies including designing a potential Military Department of Space and supporting the Navy's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her recent research topics include organizational wargaming, naval electromagnetic spectrum equities, naval space equities, and the application of the ecosystem business model to national security issues.

Prior to joining CNA, Diaz's research focused on the US-Japan alliance. She conducted research in Japan about the implications of recent security policy changes under then Prime Minister Abe, assessing their current and future effects on the alliance.

Diaz holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Virginia. She speaks conversational Japanese and some Spanish.


October 10, 2020

Kelly Diaz writes, "As the world and our systems (including weapons) become more dependent upon the EMS, the DoD must consider how to increase the health of this workforce."

C4ISRNET: "To Prepare for Tomorrow's Battlespace, Invest in the Ems Workforce Today"

Operations Analysis

Operations Evaluation Group
Organizations, Roles and Missions Program