A fighter pilot and military historian, Brigadier General (ret.) Jim Smith capped a 28-year career in the Air Force as Commander of the Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command. Previously he had been the Wing Commander at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.
From 2000 to 2002, Smith led the largest joint military experiment in our nationís history. Millennium Challenge tested the capability of the military to transform warfighting, a process that involved the examination of the relationships between technology, policy, strategy and service cultures. While much of this effort focused on technical innovation, the core of this experiment evaluated the ability of the military to achieve the cultural and organizational changes to enhance inter-agency and joint military effectiveness.
A 1974 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Smith also has a M.A. in military history and African-American studies from the University of Indiana. He holds diplomas from the National War College and the Syracuse University program for Senior Executives.
Smith currently works for Lockheed Martin where he is the Director of Navy Command and Control Systems.