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Scott Cooper

Director, National Security Outreach

As the Director of National Security Outreach, Scott Cooper is Human Rights First’s chief ambassador to the national security community.  He leads Human Rights First’s efforts to build partnerships with members of the military and national security communities as well as national security-focused think tanks and research institutions. He also leads the project, Veterans for American Ideals, a nonpartisan movement of military veterans who advocate American leadership on human rights.

Prior to joining Human Rights First, Scott spent a career in the Marine Corps. He flew the EA-6B Prowler, serving five tours in Iraq, two in Afghanistan, one in Europe, and one in the Western Pacific.  He flew the Bosnian and Iraqi no-fly zones, the Kosovo air campaign, and in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  He also served on the ground as a Forward Air Controller in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He commanded an EA-6B Prowler squadron and finished his career as the speechwriter to the head of Marine Corps Aviation.

An expert on civil-military relations, air power, and national security issues, he has published work in the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, War On The Rocks, Task & Purpose, the Washington Quarterly, Policy Review, DefenseOne, Proceedings, and the Marine Corps Gazette.  Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Scott was named as one of We Are the Mighty's Mighty 25: Influencers Supporting the Military Community in 2018.

February 19, 2019
Washington, D.C.—Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, praises the inclusion of four thousand additional visas for allies that served alongside the U.S. mission in...
January 22, 2019
Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s Supreme Court decision lifting injunctions that will allow the Trump Administration’s policy banning certain transgender people from the military to go into...
September 19, 2018
Washington, D.C.—A group of veteran organizations today urged Congress to take action to protect Afghan military allies seeking refuge in the United States. In a letter sent to the House and Senate,...
September 19, 2018
September 19, 2018   Dear Members of Congress, We represent more than two hundred thousand veterans from every branch of the United States military and every American conflict since...