Stan Scott spent his youth in the South as one of four sons in a poor family. After attending public schools in Arkansas and Mississippi during desegregation, he accepted admission to the College of William and Mary but left school to enlist in the US Army. He spent much of his military career in Germany, and watched the Berlin Wall come down and the Cold War end from a motor pool in Schweinfurt. Later, Stan deployed with the First Infantry Division for peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, first as the Senior Operations NCO and later as a tank platoon sergeant.
After 20 years as a combat soldier, Stan retired in 2002 and spent three years supporting Democratic activist groups with grassroots organization and legislative affairs. He also consulted for local and state-level campaigns in the Louisville, Kentucky area.
During this time, Stan returned to school on the GI Bill, and earned degrees in political science, public policy, and economics. Before long he returned to Virginia for doctoral work in international relations and public policy at George Washington University. His research focuses on global governance and international institutions, with specific work on peacekeeping and national reconstruction after conflict. Stan has published work on the politics of climate change and presented academic papers on corporations and ethnic conflict. An amateur historian, Stan also studies the history of the US Constitution with a focus on the social and political context of its drafting.
Since 2007, Stan has worked in a variety of defense-related positions, first as the Executive Director of the Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority and then for defense contractors Marstel-Day, LLC and SIA Solutions, LLC. He also does defense and foreign policy consulting through his own firm, Crux Analytics, LLC. This work focuses on military asset management and the military value of defense installations and touches on civil-military relations and the impact of military operations and training on local communities.
Stan has been a member of the Hanover Democratic Committee for ten years, including seven on the Executive Committee organizing as a Precinct Chair. He has worked on campaigns for Rick Waugh, Wayne Powell, Jack Trammel, Glenn Millican, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, John Suddarth and Vangie Williams. He and his wife Maggie live in Mechanicsville, not far from a high school that needs a name change.