James H. Smith, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Acquisition Executive for United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He is responsible for all special operations forces acquisition, technology, and logistics.
Mr. Smith, a native of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1986 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. He served initially with the 3d Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany, as Bradley Platoon Leader, Heavy Mortar Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer. He then served as the 2d Brigade’s Assistant Operations Officer and Rifle Company Commander in 5th Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division (Light). Following receipt of a Master of Science in 1995, he served as Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and as Battalion Executive Officer of 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment at the U.S. Military Academy.
His acquisition assignments include Chief, Firepower Division, Combat Developments Directorate, U.S. Army Infantry Center; Assistant Product Manager, Soldier Power; Deputy Technology Product Manager, Objective Force Warrior; Chief, Interoperability, HQ Department of the Army G8; Product Manager, Soldier Sensors and Lasers, Program Executive Office Soldier; and Program Executive Officer, Special Operations Forces Warrior Systems, followed by Military Deputy to the USSOCOM Acquisition Executive.
Mr. Smith retired from active military duty on 31 October 2013 after 27 years of service. Immediately upon his military retirement, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and selected to serve as the Deputy Director for Acquisition for Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology & Logistics.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command Staff College, and the Executive Program Manager’s Course. Mr. Smith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge, and Expert Infantryman Badge.