Jeffrey Smith

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Jeffrey H. Smith is a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC, where he heads the firm’s government contracts and public policy group. He joined the firm in 1988, but from 1995 to 1996 served as general counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency. He also served on the Commission to Review the Roles and Missions of the Armed Services, chaired the Joint Security Commission, and served as chief of the Clinton Transition Team at the Department of Defense. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Mr. Smith served as General Counsel of the Senate Armed Services Committee and was Senator Sam Nunn’s designee to the Iran/Contra Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Previously, he was an assistant legal adviser at the State Department and, as an army judge advocate general officer, the Pentagon’s lawyer for the Panama Canal negotiations. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the US Military Academy and the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the Committee of Visitors at the University of Michigan Law School, a trustee for the Aerospace Corporation, general counsel for the Goldwater Foundation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lectures and writes on national security and international law.

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