The Center for Naval Analyses: Past, Present, and Future.
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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CNAs origins go back to World War II when, as the Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Research Group, it helped defeat the U-boats. CNA is the oldest civilian organization that does operations research and systems analysis for the U.S. military. CNA is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. It is one of a handful of FFRDCs sponsored by the Department of Defense and the only one sponsored by the Navy others include Rand and Mitre Corporations, who do work for the Air Force, and the Institute for Defense Analyses, sponsored by OSD. CNA is a hybrid, dwelling somewhere between the Department of the Navy and the private contractors who do defense studies and analyses. As an FFRDC, CNA has been granted privileges that enable it to provide a unique kind and level of service. First, it is a continuing line item in the Navys and the Marine Corps budgets. Second, CNAs contract with the Department of the Navy ensures that CNA is not its intellectual captive. Since October 1983, CNA has been managed by the Hudson Institute. Hudson was founded in 1961 by the late Herman Kahn. It is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the study of important issues of public policy. As specified in Hudson Institutes contract with the Navy, studies will be selected for CNA based on importance to the Navy and on the requirements for an innovative and independent point of view. The paper explains the mission, history and organization of CNA.
- Operations Research