News Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Elizabeth Cutler, Senior Communications Specialist

CNA Launches #InclusiveNatSec Initiative

Forum will explore racism and its impact on US national security

Arlington, Va. — CNA is launching a new forum to combat bias and add more diverse voices to the discussion of U.S. national security. National security professionals and thought leaders from military, government, academia and the private sector are being invited to participate in #InclusiveNatSec, which will foster a national conversation with a series of virtual private and public forums.

“Racism and National Security” is the theme for 2021. Discussions will focus on topics such as diplomacy, cybersecurity, terrorism and counterterrorism. #InclusiveNatSec organizers hope to serve a critical need by encouraging national security leaders to participate in a public-facing examination of the intersection between racism and these important national security issues.

“CNA is actively committed to the work of understanding, educating about and implementing change. We know these issues will be hard to tackle. But this initiative is a positive step that will enable those who are actively engaged in the safety and security of our nation to learn from each other,” said CNA President and CEO Katherine McGrady.

After each public event, #InclusiveNatSec will offer a small group seminar open to a select group of participants for an off-the-record discussion with the featured speaker. #InclusiveNatSec offers three ways to engage: by attending the public events, by applying to participate in the small group discussions, and by following the initiative on Twitter at @InclusiveNatSec. Applications to participate in the small group discussions are being accepted through December 30, 2020.

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
Sr Communications Specialist

John Stimpson
Communications Associate