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Profiles in Security

Sina Beaghley of RAND
Profile in Security: Dr. Wendin D. Smith
11 November 2017

Dr. Wendin D. Smith is the Senior Advisor to the Commanding General of the U.S. Special Operations Command for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD).  Previously, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for CWMD, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (DASD/C-WMD), where she was responsible for establishing policy and guidance to protect U.S. and Allied forces against chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack from state or terrorist actors, as well as for preventing and countering global trafficking in WMD.  Previously, she supported Cooperative Threat Reduction programs for the Department’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), as well as several programs within the U.S. Departments of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration.  Dr. Smith has founded and operated two woman-owned consultancies, providing services in strategic planning, international market development, and regulatory compliance to commercial and federal clients.  

CW5 Wendy A. Wayman of US Army Intelligence and Security Command
Chris Cruz of Operation Smile
Being Senior Management at a Global NGO
31 March 2016

Chris Cruz is currently the Senior Vice President of International Programs at Operation Smile. Before joining Operation Smile, Chris served over 24 years in the US Navy. During this time, he reported to US Southern Command in September 2012 where he served as the NGO Engagements Branch Chief in the J9 Partnering Directorate. In this capacity, he collaborated with over 100 NGOs, private businesses, and academic institutions on humanitarian assistance, disaster response, and sustainment and development initiatives. At the end of his tour at J9, he retired from the Navy and joined Operation Smile.

Jeffrey Smith of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Being an Advocate for Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa
19 December 2015

Jeffrey Smith is currently Program Officer at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights where he manages the organization’s advocacy projects that focus on sub-Saharan Africa. He collaborates closely with grassroots civic activists and journalists across the continent—and the world—to highlight pressing human rights concerns to a wider audience. Mr. Smith’s research and advocacy has covered Zimbabwe, The Gambia, Swaziland, and Kenya, among others. He appears frequently in media outlets as an expert commentator on African affairs, including on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC, and Voice of America. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he also received a master’s degree in international relations and was the university’s first recipient of its distinguished human rights graduate certificate.