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Brad Smith Bio


William “Brad” Smith, Ph.D. (Colonel, U.S. Army retired)

Director, Federal Programs, Open Technology Center

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Dr. Brad Smith serves as the Director of Federal Programs for the Open Technology Center, a non-profit advanced research entity sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate and the U.S. Department of Defense. 


The Open Technology Center has recently secured multiple joint DHS-DOD contracts to help facilitate development and transfer of technologies from Federal agencies to support Public Safety, Public Service and Public Administration personnel in rural and under-served communities.  The program will be conducted in the Mississippi 4th Congressional District which includes 13 counties in Southern Mississippi.



A native Mississippian, Smith attended Delta State University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.



In 1981, Smith joined the Mississippi National Guard and was commissioned through ROTC at Mississippi State University in 1985.  As an armor officer, he served as a scout platoon leader, company executive officer, and company commander before transferring to the combat engineer branch where he served as a battalion operations officer.  


He began civilian employment at Camp Shelby in 1989 as a Natural Resources Specialist and progressed to the Environmental Program Manager before entering fulltime military service as an assistant professor of military science at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Following that assignment he became the Director of Mobilization Plans and Operations at Camp Shelby, the Deputy Commander for Mobilization, and following a deployment to Iraq with the 155th Brigade Combat Team became the Deputy Garrison Commander. 



In May 2012 he took Command of Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.  COL Smith’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff Officer College.  



His awards include the Legion of Merit Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and numerous others.  He retired from military service in April 2015.