Monika Cooper

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Senior Technical Analyst; Combatant Commands & NATO Liaison, RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD)
Washington Office


Doctorate Business Administration (In Progress) in 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 is a senior technical analyst at the RAND Corporation. She is the liaison to the Combatant Commands & NATO for the RAND National Security Research Division. Cooper has worked for the Department of Defense and more than 28 international governments in acquisition and program management. Throughout her more than 15-year career, she has merged her technical skills in life cycle engineering with her interest in futurism to forecast program performance and risk. Her professional background combines operations research with psychology, philosophy, and mathematics to form a fascinating bridge between the art and science of predicting program performance. Her experience working with high-level government officials has enabled her to take a logical approach to analyzing information contained in the collective consciousness, and provide useful insights into how asymmetric information could be sourced, implemented, and optimized for usage within the field of acquisition and strategic management.

Previous Positions

Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) - Fourth Estate, Program Manager/Integrator - Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, RI; ZHL, LLC - Principal Acquisition Manager - Remote (EU); North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Office of Resources (NOR) - International Staff, Communications, Command, Control and Surveillance (C3S) Program Manager Life Cycle Engineer - Belgium (EU); NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA/NC3A) - Cost Expert - Senior Contracting Officer - Belgium/Netherlands; Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Electronic Systems Center (ESC) - Cost Analyst/Operations Research, Palace Acquire (PAC) - Hanscom, AFB, MA

Recent Projects

  • EAS Acculturation
  • Syndromic Surveillance 2.0

Honors & Awards

  • Palace Acquire - Outstanding Scholar


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