Monika Cooper

Monika Cooper
Senior Technical Analyst


Doctorate in business administration, cultural intelligence, University of Maryland, Global; MBA in economics, finance, Bellevue University; Bachelor of Science in international business management, Bellevue University; Undergrad Studies in psychology, modern languages, Creighton University


Monika Cooper (she/her) is a senior technical advisor at RAND, and previously served on the International Staff as a Communications, Command, Control, and Surveillance (C3S) life cycle expert for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium from 2002 until 2014. Cooper has worked at the Defense Contract Management Agency and the United States Air Force Electronic Systems Center in operations research and specializes in the acquisition and program planning for advanced weapon systems. She advises agencies on force analysis, strategic planning, effective performance criteria and evaluation, and organizational change.

Her recent publications explore the identification of biological threats, including modeling algorithms for early indication, establishing best practices for effective subcontractor performance, signals of contractor performance risks, operational and mission scenario development, mechanisms for improving organization performance, and facets of using artificial intelligence for supply chain and contract management in federal organizations. Cooper has a B.S. in International Business Management with a concentration in Finance and an MBA from Bellevue University. She has a Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Maryland Global. Cooper is certified in program and financial management, DAWIA Level II, and Six Sigma Green/Black Belt.


Spotlight Award for assisting in the development of the RAND DEI Toolkit.

Selected Publications

Christopher G. Pernin, Cortney Weinbaum, John Bordeaux, Monika Cooper, Christopher Joseph Doss, Jared Mondschein, Jan Osburg, Angela Putney, Christopher Scott Adams, Sunny D. Bhatt, Emily-Kate Chiusano, Sarah W. Denton, Richard S. Girven, David Luckey, Independent Assessment of the Department of Defense Counter Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-sUAS) Program, RAND (RR-A1568-1 ), 2021

Krista Romita Grocholski, Scott Savitz, Jonathan P. Wong, Sydney Litterer, Raza Khan, and Monika Cooper, How to Effectively Measure the Impact of Intermediate Force Capabilities (IFCs), RAND (RR-RR-A654-1), 2022

Caolionn O'Connell, Bryan Boling, Jonathan Balk, James Broyles, Monika Cooper , Hidden Disruptions to the Supply Chain: Resistors Case Study, (RR-A466-1), 2021

Rajeev Ramchand, Sangeeta Ahluwalia, M. Avriette, Gary Cecchine, Monika Cooper, Christy Foran, Daniel Hicks, Natasha Lander, Sarita Lee , Syndromic Surveillance 2.0 Emerging Global Surveillance Strategies for Infectious Disease Epidemics , RAND (RR-), 2022 (forthcoming)


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