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Associate Research Analyst


The Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs (SP3) division of CNA is looking for an Associate Research Analyst to join their team. Staff at this level will provide research, analytical, and technical support on a range of projects. Our ideal candidate will have strong research and writing skills with training in areas such as research design, statistics, econometrics, psychometrics, qualitative analysis and have applied some combination thereof to research topic.

The SP3 division supports the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as other DOD sponsors by providing regional expertise and analyses, political-military studies, and U.S. strategy and force assessments. Our research approach anticipates a broad scope of plausible outcomes assessing today’s issues, analyzing trends, and identifying “the issue after next,” using the unique operational and policy expertise of its analysts.

CNA fosters an inclusive culture that values diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Our flexible and engaging work environment encourages iterative and creative collaboration at every stage of the problem solving process. Our employees are committed to helping clients develop effective solutions to better manage their programs through scientific, data-driven approaches. We are looking for creative and innovative individuals to help carry out our mission.


1. Education: Minimum Master’s degree in in economics, political science, psychology, public policy, applied mathematics, statistics, data science or history.

2. Experience: Typical minimum requirements Master’s & 0+ years of experience in research and analysis. Area studies experience in any of the following is highly desired - Russia, India, Japan or Korea. Language skills in any of those areas is also highly desired

3. Skills:

  • Facility with Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to manage databases
  • Ability to gather and organize information on policies, systems, problems, or procedures
  • Strong critical thinking and organizational skills
  • Basic knowledge of research techniques
  • Ability to plan and organize tasks effectively, both as an individual contributor and as a team member; Basic, effective communication skills
  • Some experience with R, Python, Stata, SPSS or alike is necessary
  • AI/ML experience a big plus

4. Other: Ability to obtain and maintain an Active Secret Security Clearance.