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 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 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

  • Syndromic Surveillance 2.0
  • Army Supplier Base Resilience
  • Counter Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program
  • Best Practices for SubcontractingBest Practices for Subcontracting
  • Sustainment Planning for Army Hypersonic Weapon Systems

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)

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Award 2021, RAND Corporation
  • Palace Acquire - Outstanding Scholar, United States Air Force
  • summa cum laude, Bachelor of Science, Bellevue University


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