Dr. Zack Cooper is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and co-director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is also a partner at Armitage International, teaches as Princeton University, and co-hosts the Net Assessment podcast for War on the Rocks.

Previously, Dr. Cooper served in the Pentagon and White House, first as special assistant to the deputy under secretary of defense for policy, and then as assistant to the deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism at the National Security Council. He has also been a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Dr. Cooper graduated from Princeton University with a PhD and an MA in security studies and an MPA in international relations. He received a BA in public policy from Stanford University.