Col. Jeffery Peterson
Vice President and Director, Resources & Force Readiness Division


Jeffery Peterson directs the Navy Manning, Education, and Training Program. As a retired Marine Corps Colonel with 30 years of active duty service, Peterson has real-world expertise in manpower, recruiting and training. During his time at CNA, he has researched U.S. military personnel policy and culture, sexual assault response training, cybersecurity, military compensation and retirement, and 21st century Marine/Sailor readiness.

Previously, Peterson served in staff, commanding-officer, and chief-of-staff positions throughout the Marine Corps' manpower, recruiting, and recruit-training enterprises. In 2012, Peterson joined CNA as a Principal Research Scientist, and in April 2016, he was chosen to lead the Fleet and Operational Manpower Team.

Peterson holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, an M.S. in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School — where he received the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence — and a B.S. in Business and Economics from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.


February 24, 2019

Jeffery Peterson says, "The most important language in the world is the language of the person you're trying to speak with."

Military: "Targeted Messaging: Military Recruiters Getting Creative to Reach Gen Z"

February 10, 2017

USMC Life quotes CNA analyst Col. Jeffery Peterson on CNA study The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s Blended Retirement Plan: Implications for Marine Corps Force Management Objectives in "Marine Study: Blended Retirement System Won’t Hurt Retirees or Force"