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, the Millennium Challenge. It tested the capability of the military to transform warfighting, a process that involved examination of the relationships among technology, policy, strategy, and service cultures. While much of this effort focused on technical innovation, the core of the experiment evaluated the ability of the military to enhance inter-agency and joint military effectiveness through cultural and organizational changes.
A 1974 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Smith has an MA 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 is vice president of precision engagement for Raytheon Company. His wife Janet Breslin-Smith has also been a participant at the CWA.