Scott M. Smith

Chair Joint Military Operations Department
Capt., U.S. Navy
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Capt. Scott Smith joined the U.S. Naval War College faculty in June 2019 following command of USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). He has deployed from the East and West coasts on USS Donald B. Beary (FF 1085), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Ramage (DDG 61), and as embarked staff in USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Boxer (LHD 4). He previously commanded USS Klakring (FFG 42) completing two deployments. He has served on the staffs of U.S. Fleet Forces Command; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Surface Warfare

Professional Highlights


Commanding Officer, USS MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001)

Commissioning CO of the 2nd ZUMWALT Class Destroyer.

Speechwriter / Deputy

Speechwriter to 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey followed by Deputy to SecDef Senior Advisor for Military Professionalism, RADM Margaret Klein.

Commanding Officer, USS KLAKRING (FFG 42)


M.S., National War College, National Security Strategy

M.A., University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, Professional Writing

B.A., Virginia Military Institute, Economics

Other Honors

Honorary Member (HMOR) of the 506th Infantry Regiment

Navy League City of Newport Award

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