News Release

August 11, 2015
For Immediate Release

Contact: David Vordick, VP & CIO

Kim Deal, Ph.D. to Lead CNA’s Marine Corps Program

Arlington, VA – Mark Geis, Executive Vice President of CNA’s Center for Naval Analyses, today announced that Kim Deal, Ph.D. has been named Vice President and Director of CNA’s Marine Corps Program (MCP).

“I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kim Deal as the new leader of CNA’s Marine Corps Program,” said Geis. “She has impeccable credentials and has played a critical role in helping run the MCP over the past five years. She’s the perfect match for the job.”

Deal, who began her career at CNA as a research analyst in 1998, has directed and supported a variety of projects covering concepts, operations, organizational structure, and logistics analysis for the Navy and Marine Corps. She was the field representative to Commander, Marine Corps Materiel Command (now Marine Corps Logistics Command) from 2000-2002 and became a research team leader (RTL) in CNA’s Operations Evaluation Group in 2006.

In 2010 Deal was named RTL of the Marine Corps Field Team and MCP Research Director. As an RTL, Deal provided oversight to all CNA analysts at Marine Corps commands including: I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), II MEF, III MEF, Marine Forces Pacific, Marine Forces Command, U.S. Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron ONE, Marine Corps Information Operations Center, and Marine Forces Cyber Command. In her capacity as MCP Research Director, Deal led some of CNA’s most important, highly visible studies for the senior leadership of the Marine Corps. Deal has also served as a scientific analyst to both the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics and the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration.

Deal earned a B.A., with honors, in Chemistry at Albion College, Albion, MI in 1989 and earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI in 1993. From 1993-1997 Deal was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Washington University School of Medicine and, from 1997-1998, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

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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