PNSR Congratulates Brigadier General James B. Smith on His Selection for Nomination for Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

June 8, 2009 in News by admin

WASHINGTON– PNSR today hails the intended nomination by President Obama of Brigadier General James B. Smith to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

James Smith is International Business Development Executive with Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems having previously served as Raytheon’s Vice President of Government Business and Vice President of Precision Engagement. Before joining Raytheon, Gen. Smith was director of Navy C2 systems with Lockheed Martin Mission Systems.

As an Air Force officer, Gen. Smith served as deputy commander at the Joint Warfighting Center of the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, Virginia, where he was responsible for managing the joint force exercise and training development program. His distinguished aviation career includes combat sorties during Desert Storm. He commanded the 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron and 325th Operations Group. He served as the CSAF chair at the National War College and as Vice Director of Operations for the North American Air Defense Command. Gen. Smith previously served as commander of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base in Japan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in military history from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master’s degree in history from Indiana University. Gen. Smith is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.

Congratulating General Smith, PNSR Executive Director James R. Locher III said “General James Smith is a friend of the Project on National Security Reform, and we are pleased that President Obama has selected him for a key ambassadorial position. His wife, Janet Breslin-Smith, is a senior PNSR staff member, leading our efforts to bring about national security reform in Congress. “

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