Jonathan Schroden, Ph.D.
Research Program Director
Special Ops Research Coordinator


Jonathan Schroden directs the Stability and Development Program. Schroden is an expert on the Marine Corps, special operations forces, terrorism/counterterrorism, indigenous force development, security force assistance, foreign internal defense, insurgency/counterinsurgency, unconventional warfare, stability operations and operations assessment.

Since joining CNA in 2003, Schroden has deployed ten times to Afghanistan, twice to Iraq, and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East. He served as the CNA Field Representative to several Marine Corps commands, to U.S. Central Command, and to the International Security Assistance Force. Schroden has most recently directed multiple independent assessments of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and a study of how to improve the integration of special operations forces and general purpose forces for crisis response. He has also deployed on numerous Navy ships and supported disaster relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Schroden holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. from Cornell University and two B.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


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"

July 10, 2019

Jonathan Schroden says, "The U.S. military does not have organic competency to build armies of foreign countries."

Navy Times: "Report: Military Leaders Must Speak up to Prevent the Another Afghanistan"

June 22, 2019

Jonathan Schroden says some at the Pentagon agree that "you don't want to splinter the Taliban in case you get a deal."

Stars and Stripes: "Experts: A Unified Taliban Could Bolster Peace Talks in Afghanistan"

May 17, 2019

Jonathan Schroden writes, "The command is no longer primarily interested in counter-insurgency, but rather is now focused on making the Taliban bleed."

War on the Rocks: "Military Pressure and Body Counts in Afghanistan"

March 21, 2019

Jonathan Schroden writes, "Rather than railing against this situation — one over which it has no control and little influence — the Afghan government would be better off preparing to expeditiously address its own interests and costs in the second phase of negotiations."

War on the Rocks: "Weighing the Costs of War and Peace in Afghanistan"

January 31, 2019

Jon Schroden writes, “There is a collective sense of cautious optimism that something notable happened last week and that Afghanistan may have advanced on a path toward peace.”

War on the Rocks: “Getting Ahead of the Implications of a U.S.-Taliban Deal in Afghanistan”