For the first 17 years of her career, Janet Breslin-Smith served on the staffs of U.S. Senators Lloyd Bentsen, Donald Stewart, and Patrick Leahy. From 1980 to 1992 she was the legislative director for Senator Leahy and served as deputy staff director of the Senate Agriculture Committee under his chairmanship.
In 1992 she joined the faculty at the National War College in Washington, D.C. The college is a unique graduate program in professional military education established by General Dwight Eisenhower and other post World War II leaders to enhance the strategic skills of senior military and civilian officials. It has an enrollment of over 200 students, including almost 30 international military officers. Breslin taught courses on strategy, national security policy process, Congress, and foreign policy. Recently retired, she is now working on the official history of the War College in honor of its 60th anniversary. She is also teaching at Friends University.
Breslin-Smith earned a PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a BA from the University of Southern California. She lived in Santiago, Chile and in Okinawa, Japan. She has recently moved to Kansas to join her husband, Brigadier General Jim Smith (USAF ret), who is now heading up Raytheonís military training aircraft division in Wichita.