Capt. Peter Swartz, (retired)
Research Team Leader


Peter Swartz is an expert on Navy strategy, policy and operations, and on military history, organization, culture. His recent work examines Navy strategy, the organizational history of the Navy and OPNAV, U.S. Navy international relationships, and U.S. inter-service relationships, policies and doctrine. He has analyzed alternative Navy global fleet deployment models, lessons learned from past Navy operations in homeland defense, counter-piracy and irregular warfare; the Navy's role in the Unified Command Plan; and the relationships between Navy strategy, programming and budgeting.

Prior to joining CNA, Swartz served for 26 years as a Navy officer, primarily in the areas of strategy, plans and policy. He served two tours in South Vietnam during the war, as an advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Navy, and on the staff of Vice Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. He played a leading role in conceptualizing and drafting the Navy's Maritime Strategy of the 1980s, serving on the staff of successive Chiefs of Naval Operations and of Secretary of the Navy John Lehman. He was Director of Defense Operations for the U.S. Mission to NATO as the Berlin Wall was coming down, and served as Special Assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell during the First Gulf War.

Swartz holds an M.Phil. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University. He is conversant in French and understands Vietnamese.


October 22, 2018

Based on data from CNA Report, The Navy at a Tipping Point: Maritime Dominance at Stake?, "From 2008-2011, carrier strike group deployments averaged 6.4 months, which then climbed to 8.2 months in the next three years."

CIMSEC: "How the Fleet Forgot to Fight, Pt. 5: Material Condition and Availability"

September 25, 2018

Paul Schwartz says, “I don't think you can definitively say that the program has been canceled.”

NPR: “Russia's Nuclear Cruise Missile Is Struggling To Take Off, Imagery Suggests”

June 1, 2017

USNI publishes CNA analyst Peter Swartz's review of Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans in Proceedings Magazine

November 22, 2016

The Hudson Institute mentions CNA analyst Peter Swartz in "Thoughts on Growing a Navy"

October 27, 2016

CIMSEC cites CNA’s U.S. Navy Capstone Strategies and Documents, 1991-2000 by CNA analyst Peter Swartz in "Naval Strategy Returns to Lead the POM"