Catherine K. Lea
Senior Research Scientist


Catherine Lea directs CNA gaming efforts on Asia-Pacific operations and U.S. installation support. She is an expert on Japanese security policy and U.S. base politics in Japan. Her field work at CNA includes assignments at Amphibious Group Two, U.S. Fleet Forces, and three years in Yokohama, Japan, providing analytical support to U.S. Navy commands.

Lea holds an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.


March 7, 2018

Michael McDevitt, Catherine Lea, Douglas Jackson, and Nilanthi Samaranayake participated in the 5th Annual RSIS-CNA Workshop on East Asian Maritime Issues in Singapore.

RSIS: "Indo-Pacific Maritime Issues: Connectivity, Balance and Cooperation"

February 17, 2017

The Nelson Report highlights Episode 3 of the podcast CNA Talks in the February 17th edition

February 17, 2017

CNA releases the third episode of CNA Talks, a new podcast on current affairs. CNA’s Dr. Dov Zakheim moderated a discussion on maritime security in Asia with CNA SVP Mark Rosen, Sr. Fellow RADM Michael McDevitt and analyst Catherine Lea

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