James Holbrook began his U.S. Army career as a private and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He served with the U.S. Military Liaison Mission in Potsdam, East Germany and West Berlin in 1976-1977.
Before the Mission assignment, Holbrook worked at all levels of intelligence—as an enlisted Russian linguist in West Berlin, commanding officer of an intelligence detachment in South Vietnam, and as an operational and strategic analyst in the Pentagon and Europe. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and several service and campaign ribbons.
The author holds BA and MA degrees from The American University and a PhD from Georgetown.