Scott C. Truver, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor


Scott Truver is an expert in naval and maritime affairs. He has more than 40 years' experience in research, analysis, and publishing. At CNA, he conducts research and analysis of Navy forward-presence requirements and operations, future fleet architecture and mix, and "gray zone" operations.

Since 1972, he has participated in numerous studies for government and private industry in the United States and abroad, and has also written extensively for U.S. and foreign publications. He has supported the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant Marine Corps, the Air Force Strategic Planning Directorate, the Commandant Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary for Science and Technology, and many other senior decision makers, as well as the operating forces.

Truver holds a Ph.D. in Marine Policy Studies and a M.A. in Political Science/International Relations from the University of Delaware, where he held university and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Susquehanna University.


June 17, 2019

Scott Truver says, "I have no doubt and I've talked to some of [explosive, ordnance and disposal] friends and we're all in agreement – it's a smoking gun."

USNI News: "Analyst: New Photos Are 'Smoking Gun' Proving Iranian Involvement in Tanker Attack"

May 13, 2019

Scott Truver says, "They're [mines] very insidious. Once they're put in the water, they're very hard to detect and hard to defeat."

Washington Post: "Pompeo Crashes Brussels Meeting of E.U. Diplomats but Changes Few Minds on Iran"

May 1, 2019

Scott Truver writes, "If the Navy is serious about competing in and winning this latest strategic competition, then both the appetite and the aperture for change will have to accelerate."

Proceedings: "The U.S. Navy in Review"

December 12, 2018

Scott Truver writes, “The Department of the Navy should make a strategic shift in its stewardship of unmanned systems.”

War on the Rocks: “The U.S. Navy’s Amphibious Assault Renaissance: It’s More Than Ships and Aircraft”

September 8, 2018

Scott Truver writes, “Enemy mines caused significant numbers of U.S. ship losses and damage during crisis and conflict.  Of the 19 U.S. Navy ships that have been seriously damaged or sunk by enemy action since September 1945, 15––nearly 80 percent––were mine victims.”

Real Clear Defense: “A Modular MCM Vision”

August 22, 2018

Scott Truver says, “The U.S. Navy is poised to achieve a strategic objective in making America’s adversaries worry about U.S. mines and creating our own asymmetric anti-access/area-denial advantage.”

Defense One: “Toward a 21st-Century U.S. Navy Mining Force”