Vincent K. Brooks 

  • Distinguished National Security Fellow

General (Retired) Vincent “Vince” Brooks served in the U.S. Army for over 42 years from his entry into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point until his retirement from active duty in 2019 as a four-star general.  Brooks spent his final seventeen years of service in the general officer ranks and in nearly all of those years in command of large, complex military organizations in challenging situations.

His military service includes tours of duty in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and the Indo-Pacific Region as well as the American Homeland.

In his post-military career, General Brooks is a board director for three public companies (Diamondback Energy, Verisk Analytics, Jacobs) one non-profit organization (Gary Sinise Foundation) and is former board chair and President of the Korea Defense Veterans Association.  He is a consultant principal with a prominent national security consulting firm (WestExec Advisors).  He is also a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and also holds an endowed chair at West Point as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership.  General Brooks is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is also a Fellow at three prestigious intellectual centers (Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School, Clements Center for National Security at University of Texas, and Strauss Center for International Security and Law at University of Texas).

He holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from New England School of Law, and an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from New England Law | Boston.