CNAS has published reports and commentaries in previous years including comprehensive looks at the future of the all-volunteer force and the propensity of youth from military families to serve, examinations of the role of ROTC, assessments of military suicide, and updates on the status of incorporating women into combat arms.

Moving forward, MVS is particularly interested in researching how the military can increase propensity to serve, enhance recruiting, improve retention, and optimize support to servicemembers and their families in a changing landscape, with an emphasis on traditionally under-targeted populations.

Featured reports & analysis

Military, Veterans, & Society

AVF 4.0: The Future of the All-Volunteer Force

The U.S. armed forces are not made up of people; the U.S. armed forces are people.1 Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen constitute the beating heart of the...

Military, Veterans, & Society

Generations of War

Preface By Dr. Janine A. Davidson Though the American experiment of an all-volunteer military force is largely considered to be a success, maintaining long-term awareness of c...

Military, Veterans, & Society

The (Mostly) Good News on Women in Combat

Three years ago this month, 19 women from across the Army made history by reporting to Fort Benning, Georgia, to become the first women to attend U.S. Army Ranger School. As t...

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CNAS has led the way in producing cutting-edge research on challenges facing veterans, including a series of local, state, and regional veteran needs assessments, reports on v...


CNAS has hosted a number of events on the civ-mil divide and published reports on topics including the effects of that divide on veteran employment. Looking ahead, MVS plans t...