Mr. Richard Coplen
Professor, Economic Development
Proponency Division
Areas of Expertise: Economic Development for Peace and Stability Operations; Interagency Planning and Operations, Asset Based Community Development


Rick Coplen became the Professor of Economic Development at the Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute in June 2010. Prior to his assignment with PKSOI, he served for 20 years as an officer in the United States Army and 5 years with Booz Allen Hamilton. His uniformed service included assignments with military intelligence, infantry, and signal units in Germany, Korea, Bosnia, and Panama.  

His peacekeeping and stability experience includes service in Bosnia and the Demilitarized Zone in Korea. His disaster relief and inter-agency experience includes leadership of a team that briefed the Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security daily on Hurricane KATRINA/RITA recovery and relief efforts. His combat experience includes service as the Intelligence Officer of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division during Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama. 
His teaching experience includes International Political Economy (Course Director), International Relations, Economics, and Personal Finance in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point; Global Macroeconomics, Business Ethics, and Persuasion at Elizabethtown College. 
His experience in economic/community development includes service as President of a local nonprofit organization and as the lead facilitator of a community network of business, nonprofit, education, and government participants. 
Rick Coplen was educated at the United States Military Academy and Princeton University.