News Release

November 2, 2015
For Immediate Release

Contact: David Vordick, VP & CIO, (703) 824-2015

CNA's Center for Naval Analyses Names Jason Thomas, Ph.D. Vice President and Director of Its Operations Evaluation Group

Arlington, VA – CNA’s Center for Naval Analyses Executive Vice President Mark Geis today announced the appointment of Jason Thomas, Ph.D. to serve as Vice President and Director of the Center’s Operations Evaluation Group (OEG).

"Jason’s experience at CNA, and in systems analysis and operations overall, make him particularly well qualified for his new position," said Geis. "The creative ways he has approached research challenges, and the wide variety of operational problems he has tackled, will be a real benefit to the work, and his leadership, of OEG."

Thomas has wide-ranging experience in systems analysis and operations research, working on such issues as preparedness assessments, warfighting requirements, operational evaluations, formal IT development, and intelligence fusion.

"Jason has an impressive record as a CNA analyst," said Katherine McGrady, Ph.D., CNA’s President and CEO. "His promotion to head up OEG is not just a great opportunity for him, but for this organization and our OEG clients."

Thomas’ most recent work at CNA was as Field Representative to USAF A2 Field Support Office (FSO) where he developed recommendations to improve U.S. intelligence ability to perform predictive battlespace awareness and assess supporting ISR technologies.

In other work over his 14-year career at CNA, Thomas has conducted research and analysis for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency; the University of Michigan’s Brehm Center for Type 1 Diabetes; Naval Air Systems Command; Naval Special Warfare Command; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; Commander Carrier Strike Group Seven; and the Federal Aviation Administration. He has also authored numerous reports for Congress, including legislatively mandated queries and Questions for the Record (QFRs) in response to congressional testimony.

Thomas earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Akron, Akron, OH, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. He also studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government "Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security," Executive Education, National and International Security, Harvard, Boston, MA, 2006. In 2005 Thomas received the U.S. Navy Meritorious Public Service Award and in 2011 received CNA’s Phil E. DePoy Award for Analytical Excellence.

CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization dedicated to the safety and security of the nation. It operates the Center for Naval Analyses — the only Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) serving the Department of the Navy — as well as the Institute for Public Research. CNA is dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance. With nearly 700 scientists, analysts and professional staff, CNA takes a real-world approach to gathering data. Its one-of-a-kind field program places analysts on carriers and military bases, in squad rooms and crisis centers, working side-by-side with operators and decision-makers around the world. CNA supports naval operations, fleet readiness and great power competition. Its non-defense research portfolio includes criminal justice, homeland security and data management.

Note to writers and editors: CNA is not an acronym and is correctly referenced as "CNA, a research organization in Arlington, VA."


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