News Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Elizabeth Cutler, Senior Communications Specialist

CNA Endorses Derby House Principles on Diversity & Inclusion in Wargaming

Arlington, Va. — CNA announced this week that it has formally endorsed the Derby House Principles on diversity and inclusion in professional wargaming. The Derby House Principles were established this year by an international group of wargaming organizations.

In a statement affirming CNA’s endorsement of the principles, CNA CEO and President Katherine McGrady said, "CNA is committed to building and sustaining a diverse workforce and an inclusive environment. … We recognize that wargames benefit from a diverse range of participants, designers, developers, and analysts. Since the best wargames reveal the unexpected, they are always enriched by a diversity of viewpoints. We pledge to carry these values forward in the wargames we execute, consistent with the Derby House Principles."

With its endorsement, CNA commits to the five Derby House Principles:

  • Promoting inclusion and diversity in professional wargaming, through the standards we set, the opportunities we offer, and access to activities we organize.
  • Making clear our opposition to sexism, racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination across the board, as well as in wargaming.
  • Encouraging a greater role and higher profile for colleagues from underrepresented groups in our professional activities.
  • Seeking out and listening to the concerns and suggestions of our colleagues as to how our commitment to diversity and inclusion could be enhanced.
  • Demonstrating our commitment to diversity and inclusion through ongoing assessment of progress made and discussion of future steps.

CNA designs, develops, and executes analytical, decision-making games for sponsors including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps, among others. For more on CNA’s wargaming program:

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."


Elizabeth Cutler
Communications Program Manager

Liza Cordeiro
Senior Advisor Marketing