KAPLAN RICHARD A.
Retired Senior Intelligence Analyst
United States Government
Richard Kaplan is from San Francisco. After service in the U.S. Army he attended Canada College where he earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. He then attended San Francisco State University where he earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Russian and Southeast European Studies and International Relations, and a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science. From 1978 to 1980 he attended the University of London King’s College where he pursued postgraduate research in European Defense Policy. During that period he was elected to full membership in the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Royal United Service Institution for Defence Studies. In 1978, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for his work in directing the efforts of United Nations Topographic Units to map disputed areas of the Sinai Desert. From 1978 to 1982, Mr. Kaplan served as a Technical Advisor to the United Nations Security Council, Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He supported mission requirements of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon; the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on the Golan Heights; the 2nd United Nations Emergency Force in the Sinai Desert, and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization. During this period, Mr. Kaplan also provided technical support to the Director-General of the Multi-National Force and Observers in the Sinai. Mr. Kaplan began his career with the U.S. Government in 1984 as an analyst with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In 1986, he began work for the Department of the Army as an Intelligence Operations Specialist where he has supported numerous units from the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. From 1990 to 1991, Mr. Kaplan was detailed to the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he provided specialized intelligence support to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. During this period he was also detailed to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research, Development, and Advanced Technology where he provided intelligence support to an innovative program, “The Balanced Technology Initiative.” Mr. Kaplan has also served on the staff of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, and as the Senior Counterintelligence Analyst for the Department of Energy, Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence until his retirement from Government Service in 2012. Mr. Kaplan is the author of over fifty-five major intelligence studies, assessments and planning documents for the Army, Joint Operational Commands, and the National Foreign Intelligence Community. He is the recipient of numerous Army civilian awards, including two Meritorious Civilian Service Awards; two Superior Civilian Service Awards; the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, two Commanders Awards for Civilian Service, and two Achievement Medals for Civilian Service. Mr. Kaplan is very active in organizations supporting international law. He has conducted international law research at the University of London Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, and the Institute for Contemporary and International Law. He has lectured on topics relating to the International Law of Armed Conflict at University College London and the NATO Defense College in Rome. He is a Member of the International Institute of Air and Space Law, and a Member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. He is a long time member of the American Society of International Law and the American Branch of the International Law Association where he supports the Committee on International Terrorism, and the Committee on Armed Conflict. He regularly assists those organizations by conducting research and analysis on specialized international law issues. He also provides “expert advice” in consultant status to the United Nations Secretariat in New York and Geneva, and to specialized United Nations organizational elements, including the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the United Nations Arms Control Unit.
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