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Director, Integrated Nuclear Weapons Safety and Security

Photo: Jimmy D. Smith

Jimmy D. Smith


Mr. Smith is the Director for Integrated Nuclear Weapons Safety and Security within the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs Office. In this capacity, Mr. Smith serves as the senior advisor to the Director, Strategic Systems Programs on all nuclear weapons safety and security matters, and is also responsible for the direction, review, and coordination of the SP30 Division and its mission.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Smith served as the Director for the Above Water Sensors Directorate within the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems. There he led efforts focused on planning, developing, acquiring, testing, and sustaining effective warfare systems for U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines. Those systems include: the AEGIS combat system; a full-spectrum of shipboard sensors; radar and electronic warfare systems; missiles; guns; ammunition; and countermeasures. In addition, Mr. Smith served as the Chief Technology Officer and oversaw the transition of new naval capabilities and technologies into 169 Programs of Record. In a collateral capacity, he served as the lead for the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Student Engagement and Outreach Program. Those efforts focus on promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for grade school students and furthering academic pursuits of college students through scholarships and student employment.

He was selected for Senior Executive Service in March 2010, after 19 years of Civil Service.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Smith served as the Deputy Executive Director for Undersea Technology. He was responsible for transitioning science and technology projects from industry, academia, the Office of Naval Research, and the Defense Applied Research Projects Agency into submarine and other undersea acquisition programs for current-day and future operational use. In a collateral capacity to this role, he served as both the Deputy Program Manager and Research & Development Manager for the OHIO Replacement Program. There he developed the program’s initial research and development plan, long range budget, and the acquisition strategy for the U.S. Navy’s newest class of ballistic missile submarines.

In 2005, he served as the Director for Submarines and Strategic Systems Programs, in a dual capacity, on the Secretary of the Navy’s staff. In years prior, Mr. Smith held several technical and managerial positions within the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Program Executive Office for Submarines with distinction. Most notably, in 2003, while serving as the Construction Manager for the first seven submarines of the VIRGINIA Class, Mr. Smith led all construction and acceptance testing efforts. Achievements included the satisfactory completion of the first submarine’s construction phase, four highly successful at-sea tests were conducted, and in October 2004 the first submarine of the class - USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774) - was delivered to the U.S. Navy under Mr. Smith’s leadership.

Mr. Smith received a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering, in 1990, from Tuskegee University. Graduate-level studies include Environmental Engineering, Marine Engineering, and Business Management. He also possesses four executive leadership certificates from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and two certificates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Honors and Awards include: Two Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards and the Blacks-In-Government Department of Defense Civilian Meritorious Service Award.

Other achievements include: Department of Defense David Packard Acquisition Excellence Award and thirty-two other awards and recognitions for outstanding performance and leadership over his esteem career.

Along with being a member of the Department of Defense Acquisition Professional Community, Mr. Smith possesses three Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certifications. DAWIA certifications are held in the areas of: Program Management; Test & Evaluation; and System Planning Research Development & Engineering.

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