Major General Steven W. Smith (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

Areas of Focus:

Cyber Defense Risk Mitigation Planning

Network Operations, Strategic Planning and Telecommunications

C4 Systems Connectivity

Product Development and Financial Management

Major General Steven Smith, Retired United States Army, is a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group. With 39 years of experience across both private and military sectors, General Smith advises companies on topics including cyber defense risk mitigation, strategic planning, complex project management, product development, telecommunications operations, and financial management. 

Major General Smith’s influential career in implementing and leading cyber defense operations and telecommunications is valued by the Firm’s clientele where he advises on complex technology integrations and scalable solutions to match today’s complex cyber landscape.  Most recently, Major General Smith served as a Senior Military Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower & Reserve Affairs, where he counseled the Assistant Secretary on all training, readiness, and mobilization issues for the Army.  General Smith came to that position after serving as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Central Command 335th Signal Command, a major subordinate unit of Third Army, and as the U.S. Army Central Command (USARCENT) Chief Information Officer (CIO).  In that role, he led 2,800 soldiers and civilians deployed across the Middle East and successfully integrated all theater-wide Army strategic command, control, communications, and computer (C4) systems connectivity.  Additionally, he managed a $450 million operating budget and significantly improved USARCENT Cyber Defense, earning the formation a “commendable” rating on the US Cyber Command Cyber Readiness Inspection.  Prior to his deployment, General Smith developed the Cyber Defense – Information Security strategic plan, policies, guidelines, and standards as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in the Office of the Army CIO at Department of the Army Headquarters.

Major General Smith served the United States for over 39 years on active duty, in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves. He also served in numerous industry executive positions including Senior Director of Global Clients Services to the Information Technology Group at Convergys Corporation; senior management consultant at Barclay’s Bank International; Vice President of OES & Associates; and Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Fleet Mortgage Group.

General Smith earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from The Citadel, graduating as a distinguished military student. He earned his Master of Science in Strategic Studies from United States Army War College and his Master of Public Administration from Western Kentucky University.  Major General Smith holds TS/SCI security clearance.