Joshua Tallis, Ph.D.
Joshua Tallis is a Research Scientist specializing in maritime security, irregular threats, and issues of naval and national security strategy. Within CNA, he conducts and directs political-military analysis for the Navy and Department of Defense in the Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs (SP3) division. Josh also served as the CNA field representative to Carrier Strike Group EIGHT during the Navy's first instantiation of Dynamic Force Employment in the High North. He holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, where his research at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence explored new concepts for maritime strategies in the littorals. Those themes are explored further in his 2019 book, The War for Muddy Waters: Terrorists, Traffickers, Pirates, and Maritime Insecurity. Before joining CNA, Josh was manager for research and analysis at a boutique security and intelligence services firm in Northern Virginia.
RECENT NEWSNovember 30, 2018
Joshua Tallis writes, “Urban centers have a complicated relationship with the maritime space. On the one hand, cities are major contributors to insecurity along their maritime borders, exacerbating issues from human trafficking to illegal fishing. On the other hand, cities are increasingly at the center of international consensusbuilding and problem-solving forums that are producing results even as nations fail to come to agreement on similar challenges.”
Marine Corps University Journal Fall 2018: “Cities and the Sea”December 13, 2017
Joshua Tallis writes, "So, does terrorism work? Those looking for a straight yes or no will finish this book disappointed. Yet English succeeds in his ultimate goal of elucidating and demonstrating a more robust framework through which this debate can continue fruitfully."
Marine Corps University Journal (page 115): "Does Terrorism Work? A History. (Book Review)"
Joshua Tallis, Ryan Bauer and Lauren Frey write "To make this identification of tactics useful for practitioners at all levels of government, we mapped each tactic to the emergency preparedness framework."
Journal of Terrorism Research: "ISIL'S Battlefield Tactics and the Implications for Homeland Security and Preparedness"March 31, 2017
The Maritime Executive quotes CNA analyst Joshua Tallis, Ph.D. in "Anti-Piracy Mission Deploys Surveillance Drones"March 14, 2017
CIMSEC publishes "Is Somali Piracy Back?" by CNA analyst Joshua Tallis, Ph.D.October 24, 2016
The National Interest publishes "The U.S. Navy in an Irregular Baltic Conflict: Seapower’s Role in Countering Russian Hybrid Warfare" by CNA analyst Joshua Tallis, Ph.D.
Strategy and Policy Analysis Program