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Robert Cooper

Assistant Professor of Government

(434) 592-4666
Green Hall, Room 1661R

Office hours by appointment only


  • M.A. in Policy Management, Georgetown University
  • M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College
  • P.M.P., Project Management Institute
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Texas


Robert Cooper serves as an Assistant Professor for Government at Liberty University. He began his career as a Naval Reserve diver, then as a naval flight officer, flying both the ES-3A Shadow and S-3B Viking, and specialized in the areas of carrier operations and information warfare. He has since worked for the Department of Defense, Inspector General, Special Plans and Operations, on capacity building in Iraq and Afghanistan, global counter-terrorism, and safety.  Robert initially joined Liberty’s School of Aeronautics as a flight instructor and management. Today, Robert enjoys working with Godly professionals teaching and mentoring future national security and strategic intelligence professionals and leaders.

Professional Memberships

  • Project Management Institute
  • Naval War College Foundation
  • American Legion
  • Military Officers Association of America

Courses Taught

  • Psychological Operations
  • Terrorism
  • Counter-Intelligence
  • Military Intelligence
  • History and Nature of Intelligence Tools
  • History of Intelligence
  • Post-Communist Politics
  • American Exceptionalism
  • Introduction to Political Science

Edited Works

Lead or contributing author for:

  • Evaluation of the Department of Defense Efforts to Build Counterterrorism and Stability Operations Capacity of Foreign Military Forces with Section 1206/2282 Funding. DOD OIG, 2017
  • Assessment of U.S. and Coalition Plans to Train, Equip, and Field the Afghan Air Force. DOD OIG, 2012.
  • Quarterly Assessment of Afghan National Security Forces Metrics, Afghan National Army and Ministry of Interior Police Forces (2011-2012). (Classified). DOD OIG, 2011-2012.
  • Assessment of U.S. Government and Coalition Efforts to Develop the Logistics Sustainment Capability of the Afghan National Army. DOD OIG, 2011.
  • Assessment of Efforts to Train, Equip, and Mentor the Expanded Afghan National Police. DOD OIG, 2011.
  • Assessment of U.S. Department of Defense Efforts to Develop an Effective Medical Logistics system within the Afghan National Security Forces.  DOD OIG, 2011.
  • Evaluation of Sec. 1206 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2006. OIG, DOS/DOD, 2011.
  • Assessment of U.S. Government Efforts to Develop the Logistics Sustainment Capability of the Iraq Security Forces. DOD OIG, 2010.
  • Review of Intra-Theater Transportation Planning, Capabilities, and Execution for the Drawdown from Iraq. DOD OIG, 2010.

Research Interests

  • Multinational & Interagency Operations
  • Information Warfare
  • Intelligence
  • Homeland Defense
  • Inspection and Evaluation