James B.(Jim) Smith is vice president of government business for the Hawker Beechcraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas. As the leader of a $430 million business, he is responsible for the manufacturing, assembly, aircraft modification, and warranty of the joint primary aircraft training system (T-6) and other government programs. Prior to this, Smith served as vice president of the precision engagement strategic business area for Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona.
Smith had a distinguished military career before retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general in October of 2002. As the deputy commander and commander of the Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command, he was responsible for managing the Joint Force exercise and training development program. His aviation career includes 4,000 hours in the F-15 and T-38, and combat sorties during Desert Storm. During his military career, his responsibilities included the command of both the 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron and the 325th Operations Group. Later he served as commander of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan. His staff postings included a variety of Joint and Coalition assignments, among them the North American Air Defense Command, where he was the deputy for operations, and the National War College, where he was a professor.
Smith is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with (BS in military history), Indiana University (MA in history), the Air Command and Staff College, the Naval War College, and the National War College.