CNA Corporation

In Brief

1942, Arlington VA; security, safety, energy, water, climate; 400 staff


(1942, Arlington VA;

Mission: to analyze and solve complex problems by getting as close as possible to the people, the data – and the problems themselves – in order to find the clear, credible answers government leaders need to choose the best course of action. Originally begun as the Center for Naval Analysis, becoming the non-profit CNA Corporation in the 1990s. It now operates three “Solution Centers”: 1) Center for Naval Analysis: to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. national defense efforts, (seven programs); 2) Institute for Public Research: research and analysis in the areas of education, energy, water and climate, air traffic management, safety and security, and other domestic issue areas (five programs); 3) Military Advisory Board, including 15 retired Generals and Admirals from the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, and one retired British Rear Admiral. The MAB recently issued an important report, National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change (CNA, May 2014, 37p;, updating an earlier 2007 report on the threat of climate change. The new report has a Foreword by Michael Chertoff (former US Secretary of Homeland Security) and Leon Panetta (former US Secretary of Defense). President & CEO: Robert J. Murray; Executive VP: Katherine A.W. McGrady; 350 staff at HQ and 45 researchers in the field.

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