Senior Consultant

Roger Smith

 

Roger Smith is a Senior Consultant with Command Strategies. Roger served most recently as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Expeditionary Warfare) from January 2007 to August 2009, and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Littoral and Mine Warfare), from June 2003 to January 2007. He was the Department of the Navy's primary acquisition official for the development and procurement of all ground equipment including Marine Corps ground and amphibious weapon systems, armored vehicles and all levels of force protection equipment capabilities from physical security systems to individual body armor, special warfare programs, improvised explosive device countermeasures, tactical unmanned air and ground systems, robotics, tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, biometrics, and mine warfare systems. He was also the Department of the Navy's day-to-day senior rapid acquisition coordinator of all Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom technology fielding for joint urgent operational needs and counterterrorism requirements. In this capacity, he focused on DoD's top acquisition program, the fielding of over 26,000 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles in just over two years, and, the development and fielding of over 26,000 IED electronic countermeasure systems.

 

Prior to his Pentagon appointments, he served as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee from May 1996 to June 2003 with oversight responsibilities for all Army procurement programs and Marine Corps ground and amphibious weapon systems, as well as all conventional ammunition. Roger was also responsible for monitoring precision-guided munitions expenditures and the related industrial base production requirements to replace those weapons, as well as defense technology transfer issues in support of homeland security requirements.

 

In the private sector, Roger has worked in both government policy and marketing positions. From January 1994 to May 1996, he was the Manager of Government Business for the American Electronics Association, the country's largest high technology trade association. He managed all policy matters related to the government's procurement of defense electronics, the defense industrial and technology bases, and medical electronics. He also managed the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, a start-up government-industry partnership established to reconstitute the manufacturing capacity for integrated circuits in the United States.

 

From November 1991 to December 1993, Roger was the Manager of Marketing Development and Government Relations for Vernitron Corporation responsible for developing new market opportunities and leading analytical, engineering and marketing teams that designed and developed guidance and control systems for precision guided munitions, radars, and strategic and tactical surveillance and intelligence systems.

 

Roger Smith: rsmith@commandstrategies.com