Jimmy Smith

Department of the Navy
Director, Office of Small Business Programs
25th Annual Expeditionary Warfare Conference
Mr. Jimmy D. Smith assumed the responsibilities of the Director for Small Business Program in June 
of 2019. He serves as the chief advisor to the Secretary on all small business matters. Mr. Smith 
has been charged with overseeing small business acquisition policy; strengthening government and 
private sector partnerships; and fostering opportunities to leverage small businesses as strategic 
advantage for the benefit of our warfighters.

In March 2017, Mr. Smith served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Expeditionary 
Programs & Logistics Management. He served as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of 
the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition on matters related to the Navy’s Expeditionary 
Force, delivering upon urgent warfighter needs, and overseeing acquisition logistics policy.

In 2013, Mr. Smith served as the Director for Integrated Nuclear Weapons Safety and Security within 
the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs. In this capacity, he was charged with the safekeeping 
of nearly 70% of this Nation’s nuclear arsenal. He executed the Director of Strategic Systems 
Programs technical authority by providing nuclear safety and security policies and direction to 
more than 4,500 government and industry personnel.  He also oversaw the U.S. Navy’s nuclear weapon 
inspection and nuclear personnel readiness program. During his tenure, Mr. Smith delivered the
U.S. Navy’s first and only underground nuclear weapon production and storage facility and awarded 
the first life cycle support contract for the nuclear weapon safety and security program.

Prior to the above mentioned assignment, starting in 2010, 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 cost 
effective warfare systems for U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines.  Those systems include: the 
AEGIS combat system; a full-spectrum of shipboard sensors including sonar, 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 more than 150 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 focused on 
promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for grade school students and furthering 
academic pursuits of college students through
scholarships and student employment opportunities.