MNA's Work Supporting Counter Human Trafficking Highlighted at Des Moines Event

May 2021,


On May 20th, MNA's CEO, John Nelson, delivered a presentation for the  Simons Center National Security Forum at the Des Moines Embassy Club West.  The Arthur D. Simons Center for Ethical Leadership and Interagency Cooperation, a program of the Command General Staff College Foundation, is a research, analysis, and publication center  committed to the development of interagency leaders.  Currently serving as Senior Research Fellow of the Center, John discussed the scope of the human trafficking problem confronting our communities and the challenges associated with combatting it.  He then described a systems-based, whole of community approach that MNA was instrumental in developing and implementing in communities.

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MNA Awarded Knowledge Management Task Order for the GSA

October 9, 2020


In September 2020, MNA was awarded a General Service Administration (GSA) Professional Services Schedule task for the Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories (PSHC).  PSHC is responsible for the strategic leadership, oversight, and management of the Federal Acquisition Service’s professional services, human capital services, and charge card management programs and contracts. MNA is developing a KM program to support the mission of PSHC.  MNA is developing customized taxonomies for each functional component of PSHC, content management processes and procedures, training focused on content management and Google best practices and a knowledge road map to guide PSHC personnel toward a more streamlined content management system. The KM program will advance PSHC’s ability to create, organize, share and transfer knowledge to enhance individual and organizational performance.


Strategic Intelligence System

April 28, 2020


MNA has teamed with Armada Corporate Intelligence to deliver a Strategic Intelligence System to organizations.   Using intelligence methodologies and predictive analytics, the program identifies key cause/effect relationships in business, economics, and geopolitics. When events happen, how strong the ripple effect is, how far it spreads, what it affects, how many additional ripples it creates and so on is critical for businesses to understand.


MNA's Support of Counter Human Trafficking Efforts

December 10, 2019

MNA's efforts in support of organizations fighting human trafficking in the Topeka and Kansas City metro areas was recently featured in an article in The Leaven, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.


MNA Awarded Federal Highway Administration Task Order

November 08, 2019

In November 2019, MNA was awarded a GSA Professional Services Schedule task order for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.  MNA will provide facilitation and conflict resolution services at a series of tribal engagement workshops in support of the Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Program (TTAP).  The FHWA provides stewardship over the construction, maintenance and preservation of the Nation’s highways, bridges and tunnels.  FHWA also conducts research and provides technical assistance to state, tribal, and local agencies in an effort to improve safety, mobility, and livability.


MNA Supports Freedom Now USA's Human Trafficking Investigation

August 23, 2019

Since January of 2019, MNA has been supporting Freedom Now USA's efforts to combat human trafficking in Topeka and Shawnee County, KS.  In August, Freedom Now USA completed the investigative phase of the campaign and is moving into developing its detailed plan of action.

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December 04, 2018

MNA assisted in the preparation and conduct of BIG SEARCH Kansas City (BSKC) in Oct 2018.  Its purpose was to find missing children in the downtown KC area and build awareness of human trafficking in the local community.  In addition to assisting with BIG SEARCH planning and preparation, MNA provided operational support to the BIG SEARCH Command Center and participated in several searches for missing children.


MNA Awarded GSA Professional Services Schedule

September 21, 2018

On Sep 21, 2018, MNA was awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) Contract under GSA Schedule 00CORP, The Professional Services Schedule (PSS).  Under this contract, MNA will provide expert consulting services that include:  management and strategy consulting; facilitation and decision support services; advisory and assistance services and; research, evaluations, studies, analyses, scenarios/simulations, reports, and business policy and regulation development.


MNA Supporting the VECTOR IDIQ

July 20, 2018

MNA is teamed with Worldwide Counter Threat Solutions (WW-CTS) on the $25 Billion VECTOR (Veteran Enterprise Contracting for Transformation and Operational Readiness) contract.  VECTOR is a multi-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract that has a five-year base period and five option years and is a set-aside program for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB)...


MNA and the IIBA Kansas City Chapter

July 19, 2018

MNA President, Dr. Rick Morris, recently assumed the role of Director of Professional Development on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).  In this capacity, Dr. Morris leads the chapter’s professional development efforts towards IIBA multi-level certification and actionable understanding of the emerging practice of digital business analysis.  On July 11, 2018 Rick initiated a learning launch to begin the professional development program for chapter members.  The initial learning ...  

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MNA Presents at the 86th MORS Symposium

July 11, 2018

The 86th Military Operations Research Society Symposium (MORSS) was held at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California from June 19 – 21.  With an attendance of nearly 1,000, the symposium featured presentations, panels, training and discussions in multiple working group, special sessions, demonstrations, and tutorials.  MNA continued its support to the operations research community with Britt Bray chairing Working Group 20 (Analytic Support to Training and Education) and John Nelson serving as the chair for Composite Group D (Resources/ Readiness/Training).

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MNA Supports Interagency Coordination

July 02, 2019

Over a 2-day period, MNA facilitated a table top exercise (TTX) with federal and local law enforcement partners to enhance interoperability and interagency cooperation, focusing on improving communications for daily operations and contingencies. 

The desired end state would establish conditions to reduce the potential for blue-on-blue situations caused by non-standard communication procedures. The goal was to maximize effective and efficient endgame success from initial detection to interdiction of illegal traffic...

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DHS Center of Excellence Summit

May 31, 2019

MNA attended the 2-day Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Centers of Excellence (CoE) Summit at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus, May 30-31.  This event involves the activities of a consortium of hundreds of universities conducting research to address homeland security challenges.  

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MNA attends Counter-Terrorism Conference at the University of Kansas

May 28, 2023

Maria Minchew and John Nelson attended the annual security conference at the University of Kansas that brought together scholars and practitioners to explore the intersections of organized crime and terrorism and government responses to the crime-terror nexus. The conference showcased research on the changing nature and types of terrorist-criminal connections and the new challenges they pose and discussed ways in which the U.S. government and intelligence community have tackled this complex problem set.


MNA Trains Crisis Incident Response

May 22, 2018

MNA facilitated a crisis incident response exercise in conjunction with law enforcement partners from over 6 different agencies to improve crisis response processes and procedures and assist LE partner agencies in developing better planning, communication, coordination and decision-making skills.   Over a 5-day period, MNA coached and facilitated exercise workshops to help participants identify gaps and required improvements to their crisis response protocols. 

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NA at the 2018 SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Symposium, Orlando Florida

April 30, 2018

Britt Bray, MNA’s Chief of Operational Analysis delivered a presentation on the development of information requirements at the 2018 SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Symposium in Orlando, Florida on April 19th.  The presentation, titled, “What do you need to know? Specifying information requirements with clarity” was included as part of a five-presentation session on Optimization of Information Sources.  To learn more about the symposium see the link below.