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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.

September 19, 2018
U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis and the Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program The Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program was created for Iraqis who were employed in Iraq by or on behalf of...
August 24, 2018
Washington, D.C.—Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, today praised Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) for calling for an additional four...
July 07, 2018
Washington, D.C.—In response to continued reports that many immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits are being discharged and having their legal status questioned, Scott Cooper, founder of...
May 16, 2018
Washington, D.C—To commemorate Ramadan Vets for American Ideals and MuslimMarine.org today launched the “29 for 29 Ramadan Initiative,” a project bringing 29 U.S. military...