Eric V. Thompson, Ph.D.
Vice President and Director, Strategy, Policy, Plans & Programs Division


Eric Thompson provides strategic leadership to CNA's Strategy Policy and Plans Division. As Vice President and Director, he leads over 50 national security specialists working both at CNA headquarters and in the field, and provides support to U.S., NATO and coalition military commanders during training, exercises and operations.

Previously, he led CNA's International Affairs Group, Strategic Initiatives Group and Center for Stability and Development. His areas of expertise include strategy and policy, Middle Eastern political and military affairs, security challenges in Europe and Asia, as well as partner capacity building, maritime security, coalition integration, campaign planning and assessment, and terrorism.

Thompson's articles have been published in PRISM, Proceedings, the Middle East Journal, and Middle East Policy. He has presented research papers at many conferences, including those sponsored by NATO, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Naval War College, the Army War College, the National Bureau of Asian Research, RUSI, the Stanley Foundation, Wilton Park and the Foreign Policy Association.

Thompson holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Virginia.


May 4, 2018

Eric Thompson, Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt, Satu Limaye, Nilanthi Samaranayake, and Adm. William Fallon attend a bilateral discussion on power-plays and responses of the U.S., China, India, and Japan within the Indo-Pacific.

National Maritime Foundation: 9th NMF-CNA Bilateral Dialogue

October 10, 2017

On October 10, Eric Thompson spoke at the Galle Dialogue in Sri Lanka on “From the Outside Looking In: Creating Greater Maritime Visibility to Enhance Maritime Security.”

June 20, 2017

CNA VP and Center for Strategic Studies Director Eric Thompson, Ph.D. and analyst Paul Schwartz, J.D. spoke on maritime security challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean at The Kiel Seapower Series in Kiel, Germany. Learn more.

June 12, 2017

CNA co-hosts a dialogue on Advancing India-U.S. Naval Cooperation.

National Maritime Foundation: NMF-CNA Dialogue