CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMED FORCES FOUNDATION
Brian Cooke is a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq war and an expert in national security policy, international affairs and military counter-insurgency strategy. He now applies his expertise to helping current and former members of the military as the Chief of Staff at the Armed Forces Foundation, a non-profit advocate for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families and veterans. Formerly, Cooke worked as a policy analyst at the Charles Group, specializing in national security policy and management issues. He had worked previously at the Institute of International Education, running a Department of Defense-sponsored program that delivers foreign language and cultural education to ROTC cadets. From 2005-08, Cooke served on active duty as a U.S. Army Field Artillery officer, deploying to Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007-09) as a platoon leader and staff officer in the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He is a 2005 graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and holds a master’s in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.