Col. John Brinkerhoff is former Acting Associate Director for National Preparedness of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 1981 to 1983 under President Reagan, where he was responsible for policy formulation and program oversight of the Civil Defense Program, National Mobilization Preparedness Program, Continuity of Government Program, and the National Defense Stockpile Program. Colonel Brinkerhoff was also Deputy Executive Secretary of the Emergency Mobilization Preparedness Board under the National Security Advisor. He is also a former adjunct research staff member of the Institute for Defense Analyses.
Prior to joining FEMA, COL Brinkerhoff served as the Department of Defense Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Reserve Affairs. He retired from the Army in 1974 after 29 years service, which included tours in Korea, Germany, and Vietnam. COL Brinkerhoff holds a BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy, an MS in Civil Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, an MA in Geography from Columbia University, and an MSA in Operations Research from George Washington University. He has written two books and numerous articles.