Broad experience in business, military, government, and academia, including leadership, staff, management, and teaching positions. Strong background in US military, aerospace and defense industry, international business development, and US government organization. Former professor at undergraduate and graduate levels; regional expertise in Europe, India, Russia, and the Middle East. Substantive experience working with US and foreign governments, foreign and domestic companies, defense policy, strategic planning and communications.
COL Smith is a retired career U.S. Army officer, with assignments in the Pentagon in the Office of the Chief of Staff, Army, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was military assistant to the Director of Net Assessment. He is a combat veteran, having commanded the Patriot Air and Missile Defense units that defended Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War in 1991. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, and the Bronze Star.
COL Smith is a former faculty member at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, where he was Professor of Strategy at the National War College. He previously was an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master’s degree in national security studies from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a master’s in business from Long Island University.