News Release

April 3, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Whitney Doll, Senior Communications Specialist, 703-861-1351

CNA Celebrates 75 Years of Service to Our Nation

Arlington, VA Today CNA begins a yearlong celebration of its 75th anniversary. The independent research organization is commemorating the accomplishments of its scientists and analysts in addressing the nation's challenges from World War II to today.

Seventy-five years ago this week, physics Professor Philip Morse began to form a team of civilian scientists to support the U.S. Navy as it tackled one of the most challenging problems of World War II: German U-boats sinking American ships. Admiral Jerauld Wright later said, "I believe that no group of comparable size contributed more to the successful conduct of our war effort."

From its origins as a group of just seven analysts in April 1942, known as the Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Research Group, CNA has grown to over 600 analysts and professional staff at its Arlington, Virginia, headquarters and on field assignments around the world. Its researchers support not only the Navy and Marine Corps but also many other local, state and federal government decision-makers as they solve some of the toughest issues of our time: from community policing and education to homeland security.

At the kickoff event, in an address to staff and supporters, CNA President and CEO, Katherine A.W. McGrady, Ph.D., said: "This year we remember the contributions our former colleagues made and think about their relevance to the work we are doing today. The better sense we have of the shoulders we stand on, the better equipped we are to carry out our mission and continue our legacy of service to the nation. I am proud but also very humbled by the legacy we all have a responsibility to carry on."

Also at the event, Ambassador Maura A. Harty, the chair of CNA's board, noted: "We don't just serve one sponsor; we serve our nation. The most enjoyable duty of the Board of Trustees is to monitor the quality, integrity and independence of CNA's research. We are continually impressed with how the employees of CNA embody those qualities in their work. We are exceedingly confident that the independence, integrity and high quality of our work today will carry CNA from strength to strength for the next 75 years."

For more details on CNA's history and its 75th anniversary, visit

CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization 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 classrooms, and working side-by-side with a wide array of government decision-makers around the world. In addition to defense-related matters for the U.S. Department of the Navy, CNA’s research portfolio includes criminal justice, homeland security, energy security, water resources, enterprise systems and data analysis, and education.

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


Elizabeth Cutler
Sr Communications Specialist

John Stimpson
Communications Associate