Margaux Hoar
Research Program Director


Margaux Hoar directs the Organizations, Roles, & Missions Program and is an expert in organizational and process analysis. Her team examines the responsibilities, dynamics, seams, and operational effectiveness of the U.S. military at various interface levels: within organizations, as elements of command and control structures, as components of U.S. national defense, and as elements of the larger national security apparatus.

Her team's organizational analyses have supported commands' changing responsibilities and priorities and allowed them to identify the best structures and processes to achieve efficiency and effectiveness goals. Recent and current study sponsors include the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, and operational Navy and Marine Corps commands.

Prior to this position, Hoar was a senior research scientist and project director at CNA, and has served as CNA's scientific advisor to the Marine Corp's Training and Education Command. As an analyst, Hoar's major focus was Marine Corps and Navy command reorganization and training issues. Training studies involved issues of time, balance, irregular warfare, and the use of simulation; past sponsors include multiple echelons of Navy and Marine Corps commands, as well as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. She also supported analysis of Navy engagement operations and analysis of the Navy's role in a disaster response mission.

Hoar holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds a graduate certificate in International Security Policy from the George Washington University's Elliott School and has completed coursework with MIT's Sloan School of Management Executive Program.


August 16, 2019

According to the CNA InDepth article, Do the Seals Have a Culture Problem or an OPTEMPO Problem? The Answer Might be "Yes" by Margaux Hoar and Jonathan Schroden, problematic behaviors such as driving under the influence or using illegal drugs "correlated positively with the extent of the time constraint." "SOCOM Must Make These Changes as It Reviews Ethics Problems, Operators and Experts Say"

March 14, 2019

Margaux Hoar writes, "The sooner we can all appreciate that subjective and qualitative are not equivalent, the sooner our military may best avail itself of the benefits that quantitative analysis can provide."

U.S. Naval Institute Blog: "Data Analytics Versus Subjective Assessments Is a False Choice"

Operational Warfighting Division
Organizations, Roles and Missions Program