Michael E. Smith

Michael E. SmithMike Smith has over twenty years of senior executive experience building successful teams, managing transformational change and leading a range of highly technical and diverse organizations. He is a recognized expert at assessing organizational effectiveness and providing strategic solutions that yield both immediate and sustained long-term results. Mike dedicated his career to identifying innovative and logical solutions to previously insurmountable challenges. Admiral Smith was recognized as one of the Navy’s premier strategists and served in its headquarters as the Division Director responsible for developing and implementing Navy Strategy and Policy. He was a key advisor and direct report to Admiral Mike Mullen, then the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the senior military advisor to the President. He similarly advised Admiral Bob Willard who, as Commander of the Pacific Command, was responsible for leading the nation’s strategic approach to Asia and the Pacific. Both of these positions solidified Mike’s appreciation for the value of whole of government and whole of society solutions to our most complex national security issues.


With an Ocean Engineering degree and a Masters in National Security Affairs, Mike spent 32 years in the U.S. Navy successfully planning, executing and leading strategic change. He served in a range of operational commands including commanding one of the Navy’s newest destroyers and later a squadron of destroyers. Finally, he was the Commander of Carrier Strike Group Three where he was responsible for an annual operational budget of over $800M and the operations of over 8,000 personnel, 10 ships, and 70 aircraft. Admiral Smith capped his navy career as the independent authority responsible to Congress for evaluating the material effectiveness of every ship and submarine in the Navy, including those under construction. Mike provided Congress and Naval leadership independent due diligence and developed innovative, cost-effective recommendations that addressed long-standing operational and organizational deficiencies. Prior to assuming his current position as President of the American College of National Security Leaders, he excelled at developing new business in transformational areas of human performance and personalized medicine.Rear Admiral, USN (ret)