Lt Gen John B. Cooper, USAF (Ret)
Senior Vice President, Global Government and Defense, AAR Corporation
BioJohn Cooper is Senior Vice President of Global Government and Defense at AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading aviation services provider to commercial airlines and governments worldwide.
Joining AAR in October 2019 as senior leadership, Cooper runs the strategic planning and execution for AAR’s rapidly growing government and defense sectors.
Prior to AAR, Cooper served 35 years in the U.S. Air Force, with his final assignment as the ranking General for Air Force Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection at the Pentagon. There, he oversaw and approved all policy for logistics, aircraft maintenance and supply chain management across the Air Force. He also built the budgets to support those efforts and advocated for funding to the U.S. Congress. He held several high-ranking leadership and Command positions throughout his career and participated in numerous contingency operations.
2019 - Present: SVP Global Government & Defense, AAR Corp
2018 - Present: President, John B. Cooper Consulting LLC
2015 - 2018: Lt General - Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics, Engineering, Force Protection, Pentagon
2014 - 2015: Major General - Director of Logistics, HQ Air Combat Command, Virginia
2011 - 2014: Major General - Director of Logistics, HQ Air Force, The Pentagon
2010 - 2011: Brigadier General - Director of Logistics, HQ Air Forces in Europe, Germany
2008 - 2010: Brigadier General –Commander, Maintenance Wing, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Utah
Driving Government Performance, JFK School of Government, Harvard (2017)
Leadership at the Peak, The Center for Creative Leadership (2016)
Executives in Logistics & Technology, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC (2012)
Senior Managers in Government, JFK School of Government, Harvard (2012)
Master of Science in Strategic Studies, Air War College (1999
Master of Arts in Business Management Webster University (1992)
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, The Citadel (1983)