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Old 01-24-08, 08:49 PM
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YAJT: Heard of CNAC?

I was at a job fair this evening and actively pursued by a recruiter from the Center for Naval Analyses. I got kind of a weird vibe from them. It is a non-profit "think tank" near Washington D.C.

The site is www.cnac.org

I really don't want to be involved in politics. So I am not sure if this position is right for me, but I really can't lose by interviewing, right?

Is there something shady about this place?
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CogNAC ? Just kidding, no I've never heard of it.
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Are you sure it wasn't "Navel Analyses"?
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Also, your link goes to the China National Aviation Corporation site.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
Also, your link goes to the China National Aviation Corporation site.
I thought someone was re-starting the Flying Tigers.

The link you meant to put up was www.cna.org
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Oops, a little typing happy.

So outside of China, nobody has heard of CNA then, huh?
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I've heard of them. The current president of the CNA, Christine Fox, was just a field researcher for the organization back in the 80s and was actually called in to advise Kelly McGillis on how to act like a civilian contractor for the movie Top Gun. It would probably be a pretty neat job, I'd look into it.
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Originally Posted by jonw9
I was at a job fair this evening and actively pursued by a recruiter from the Center for Naval Analyses. I got kind of a weird vibe from them. It is a non-profit "think tank" near Washington D.C.

The site is www.cnac.org

I really don't want to be involved in politics. So I am not sure if this position is right for me, but I really can't lose by interviewing, right?

Is there something shady about this place?
I have no idea if they are shady. Two Three questions to ask yourself (and them with suitable rewording) about such ("think tank") organizations:
*Where does the money come from?
*Do they really "think" (independently) or pursue advocacy? If the latter, there is a party line or agenda that all "thought" must adhere to.
*Do they do any original work or just reshuffle other peoples' reports?
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From what I recall (note the only contact I've had with CNA was in the late 80s/early 90s when I was an Army cryptanalyst) they are federally funded. From what I can dig up, the CNA is a pretty big deal and involved in a wide range of research, analysis, and advisement to our various government agencies including NASA, etc.

Aha, found the wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Naval_Analyses
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I read the wiki, the good news is only one person has died while doing their research!

What was weird was I was approached by them while waiting in line at another company. The girl was very chipper, like somebody spiked her kool-aid. Maybe she really likes her job, and that can be good.
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The interview wasn't bad, but I don't t think it is up my alley.

They don't want engineers, the want engineer's minds. So little engineering or research is involved. It was basically taking somebody else's data, analyzing it and making recommendations.

I don't know what the pay scale is, but it would have to be pretty big for me to consider it.

They did mention the Top Gun thing though!

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