Institute for Strategic Analysis - Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon University’s status as a top-ranked university is attributable in part to a faculty engaged in and committed to interdisciplinary research with real-world implications. CMU scholars are known for esoteric scholarship, but even those involved in highly theoretical research also work alongside colleagues who focus primarily on applied studies.

Founded in the fall of 2013, the Institute for Strategic Analysis (ISA) serves as an intellectual resource for CMU faculty and for government officials who seek to apply basic research to matters of national security. Areas of concentration include terrorism, cyber challenges, war avoidance, intelligence, and the intersection of energy and security.  

In facilitating introductions between government leaders and CMU faculty, ISA helps sharpen the understanding of military and intelligence priorities, especially those involving cyber security. ISA is uniquely situated to inform the national conversation on cyber security precisely because its faculty members are deeply engaged in cyber-security research from numerous disciplinary and interdisciplinary standpoints. Furthermore, through CyLab, CMU has a well-established research center in cyber security.  ISA routinely partners with CyLab in hosting government officials and other national thought leaders who are working on cyber challenges. 

Organizing scientific short courses and yearlong seminars in cyber security and other military challenges for government officials is one of ISA’s primary activities. In these courses, government officials are introduced to cutting-edge scientific research that may help them better defend the nation against a range of internal and external threats. 

ISA has been recognized for its work in furthering the national discourse on civil liberties, privacy versus security, cyber security, and intelligence gathering. It receives funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

This site is a window into ISA’s work at CMU and in the broader intelligence and defense communities. Faculty members as well as statesmen, policy makers, journalists, interested citizens, and scholars throughout the world are encouraged to review the information available at this site and join us in thinking through ongoing problems and discussing new threats, new theories, and new technologies.

Kiron Skinner 

Director, Institute for Strategic Analysis

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Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's New Institute for Strategic Analysis Supports National Security With Science, Engineering Expertise

Carnegie Mellon University has launched a new Institute for Strategic Analysis (CMU-ISA) to provide a focal point for the university's ongoing consultations with senior U.S. defense, intelligence and diplomatic officials.

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command

The President has directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command. The full statement can be found here. 

Professor Baruch Fischhoff, ISA faculty affiliate, is Carnegie Mellon University's newest member of the National Academy of Sciences.

FDD’s CSIF Initiates New Project to Study Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ has launched a new project to study how America can protect itself from cyber-enabled economic warfare. Professor Kiron Skinner, ISA Director, has been named a member of the advisory group.

Carnegie Corporation of New York has named ISA faculty affiliate Professor David Danks a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

ISA Director, Professor Kiron Skinner, recently wrote an article for Strategika, "Moving Forward: The Need For Innovations In Technology And Strategy."