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Leigh Rowland


Management and Governance, Organization and Alignment

Ms. Rowland has been a member of the Organizations, Roles, and Missions (ORM) team in CNA’s Operational Warfighting Division since November 2019. Her work for ORM focuses on command and control issues at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of warfare as well as organizational analyses with particular emphasis on force structure assessments, process improvement, and change management.

Prior to joining ORM, Ms. Rowland served as the CNA field representative to Commander, Carrier Strike Group FIFTEEN (CCSG-15) in San Diego, California from March 2017 through August 2019. In support of CSG-15’s role as the Fleet’s West Coast training command, Ms. Rowland led command efforts to improve counter-intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting (C-ISRT) training, introduce live virtual constructive (LVC) training, and enhance forward deployed naval forces - Japan (FDNF-J) training. In addition to these training efforts, Ms. Rowland led the command’s work on horizontal and vertical integration with other Fleet training organizations, force generation (Fg) coordination with THIRD Fleet, and naval integration coordination with I MEF.

Before assuming the CSG-15 field billet, Ms. Rowland was a member of the Operational Training and Readiness (OTR) team from January 2015 through August 2017. Her work for OTR focused on naval aviation and surface tactical training as well as Marine Corps aviation and ground combat training. Ms. Rowland provided analytic support to numerous field exercises and accumulated more than 150 days of at-sea time aboard a variety of platforms as well as spent more than a month supporting Marine Corps field training.

Ms. Rowland holds a M.A. in security policy studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. in political science and military history from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining CNA, Ms. Rowland spent five years as a research analyst on the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). Her work on Army STARRS included direct support to the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army (ODUSA) and the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G-1.