Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)

The CNA Corporation (CNAC) is a non-profit research organization that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Public Research. Through innovative analysis, CNAC provides public sector organizations with the tools to tackle complex problems. CNAC’s objective, empirical research and analysis help decision makers form sound policies, make better informed decisions, and manage programs more effectively. In so doing, CNAC has established itself at the forefront of efforts to make our country safer and stronger, and our government more efficient. The organization is defined by a unique brand of multi-disciplinary, field-based “real world” research and analysis.

CNAC’s roots trace back to 1942 and World War II. During this period our scientists conducted seminal research that helped the Allied Forces with the German U-Boat threat. In the process, we pioneered the field of operations research and analysis, now a distinct field of study and a series of techniques widely used in both military and civil society.

The purpose of this study is to examine the national security consequences of climate change. A dozen of the nation’s most respected retired admirals and generals have served as a Military Advisory Board to study how climate change could affect our nation’s security over the next 30 to 40 years—the time frame for developing new military capabilities.The specific questions addressed in this report are: 1. What conditions are climate changes likely to produce around the world that would represent security risks to the United States? 2. What are the ways in which these conditions may affect America’s national security interests? 3. What actions should the nation take to address the national security consequences of climate change?The Military Advisory Board hopes these findings will contribute to the call President Bush made in his 2007 State of the Union address to “…help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change” by contributing a new voice and perspective to the issue.

CNA’s approach to research is a modern iteration of the Newtonian principle that complex, dynamic processes are best understood through direct observation of events and people.

That was the methodology CNA analysts first applied in the 1940s when they pioneered the field of operations research by helping the Navy address the German U-boat threat. Not content to study the problem from afar, this small group of MIT scientists insisted on deploying with Navy forces in order to observe operations and collect the data needed for meaningful analyses. Their groundbreaking work, and the anti-submarine warfare equations it produced, set a standard for operations research methods that CNA has maintained for 75 years.

Today, with more than 500 professionals at our headquarters and 50 researchers in the field, CNA still takes a multi-disciplinary, real-world approach to our work. On-site analysts carefully observe all aspects of a process—people, decisions, actions, consequences—and then collaborate with a headquarters-based research team to assess data and arrive at findings.

CNA’s objective, empirical research and analysis helps decision makers develop sound policies, make better-informed decisions, and manage programs more effectively. Our work, which in its early decades focused solely on defense-related matters, has grown to include investigation and analysis of a broad range of national security, defense, and public interest issues including education, homeland security and air traffic management. Through our Center for Naval Analyses and Institute for Public Research, we provide public-sector organizations with the tools they need to tackle the complex challenges of making government more efficient and keeping our country safe and strong.

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