Chester L. Cooper (1917-2005) was a US intelligence officer.
According to the Washington Post, "he was assistant deputy director at the CIA from 1947 to 1962, when he joined the NSC."
After leaving government in 1970, he held positions as director of the Institute for Defense Analysis, director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (based in Vienna, Austria) and Washington director of the International Institute for Energy Analysis.
In 1995, he became head of international programs for the Battelle Memorial Institute at the University of Maryland, retiring in 2001 as professor emeritus.
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- Joe Holley, Diplomatic Insider Chester L. Cooper, Washington Post, 3 November 2005.