Megan Katt
Research Scientist


Megan Katt is a research scientist at CNA, where she focuses on topics such as irregular warfare (IW), special operations forces (SOF), and defense policy and strategy. She recently completed a four-year tour as an on-site CNA field representative to a Naval Special Warfare command. During her assignment, she provided analytic support on a variety of issues and assisted in strategy development. Prior to this assignment, she spent two years on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment as a regional policy advisor for Afghanistan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). For her work in that role, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. For nearly a decade, she worked extensively on various aspects of IW in Afghanistan, which included traveling to the country on several research collection trips. She deployed to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012 as the chief operations research analyst for Combined Joint Task Force Paladin East. In this position, she analyzed enemy activity and identified trends of improvised explosive devices in Regional Command-East. Before joining CNA, Ms. Katt supported research on international security and national defense issues at the RAND Corporation.

Her publications include an article in Joint Force Quarterly titled "Blurred Lines: Cultural Support Teams in Afghanistan" and a book, co-authored with Jerry Meyerle and Jim Gavrilis, On the Ground in Afghanistan: Counterinsurgency in Practice (Marine Corps University Press, 2012).

Ms. Katt received a master's degree in International Security Studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from San Diego State University. In 2012, she completed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Operations Assessments Course in Riga, Latvia.