Rear Admiral Thomas F. Atkin, USCG (Ret.) is a member of the Global Resilience Institute’s Post-Disaster Assessment and Advisory Team.
Admiral Atkin is the Managing Principal of The Atkin Group, which provides broad strategic and operational advice on intelligence, maritime security, crisis management, incident response, and interagency coordination to senior government and corporate officials based on over 30 years of proven results in local, regional, national and global positions supporting the White House National Security Staff, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Defense, U.S. Navy, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Atkin retained the position of Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security from April 2015-January 2017, prior to which he served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security.
During the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Atkin directly supported Admiral Thad Allen in leading the federal response, serving as the go-between and primary interface with Cabinet officials, governors, mayors, CEOs, and NGO leaders in providing new guidance, resolving issues, and mobilizing the response and recovery operations. He also led coordination efforts across the federal, State and local governments as well as NGOs and the private industry at the Joint Field Office in New Orleans in support of displaced and resident citizens.
Atkin retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a Rear Admiral in June 2012 after more than 30 years of service.
GRI’s Post-Disaster Assessment and Advisory Team is a group of experts with deep operational experience in disaster response. Working in ways analogous to National Transportation Safety Board teams, GRI’s team conducts extensive analysis and in-depth interviews about the disaster, the response and recovery efforts.