Jason Thomas, Ph.D.
Vice President and Director, Operational Warfighting Division


Jason Thomas is Vice President and Director of the Operational Warfighting Division. He also directs the CNA Field Program, which embeds some 50 analysts with military commands worldwide, as well as a headquarters-based research division. Thomas oversees research dedicated to current military operations in the areas of training, organizational theory, command and control, system interoperability, special operations, cyber operations, tactics development and the effective employment of weapons systems.

Thomas is an expert in systems analysis, operations research, project management, preparedness assessment, homeland security, the Comprehensive Assessment System, and Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. He has worked on a wide variety of operational problems, including preparedness assessments, warfighting requirements, operational evaluations, formal IT development plans and intelligence fusion. Thomas has also worked as a CNA Field Representative for a number of U.S. military commands and led the analytical support team to develop FEMA preparedness initiatives regarding terrorist threats and natural disasters.

Thomas was an Edwin W. Pauley Fellow at UCLA from 1995 to 1997 and a National Institutes of Health Chemistry of Biology Fellow from 1996 to 2001. He received both the 2004 Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Phil E. DePoy Award for Analytical Excellence from CNA in 2012.

Thomas earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Akron and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also studied at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in their Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.