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.


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”

May 1, 2017

Proceedings Magazine publishes “The US Navy in Review” (pg. 60-68) and “Navy Delivers Message" (pg. 161) co-authored by CNA analyst Scott Truver, Ph.D.

December 20, 2016

CIMSEC publishes "Naval Mines and Mining: Innovating in the Face of Benign Neglect" by CNA Sr. Advisor Scott Truver, Ph.D.