Washington, D.C. – March 31, 2015 – Big Sky Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Major General Steven (Steve) Smith to its Advisory Board. Smith will serve in an advisory capacity for the defense, security, and insider threat focused company and will work alongside Big Sky’s senior leadership team to develop innovative solutions in these key areas.
“Big Sky is honored to welcome General Smith to our leadership team,” said President John Dillard. “He is a seasoned executive who brings nearly 40 years of military and corporate experience. His unmatched reputation for leadership and strategic thinking will make him a tremendous voice on our Advisory Board.”
General Smith brings to Big Sky the vast expertise of a 39-year career, during which he has demonstrated remarkable leadership in executive-level roles in both uniformed and civilian capacities. He specializes in cyber defense risk mitigation, strategic planning, complex project management, product development, network operations, telecommunications, and financial management.
Most recently, MG Smith served as Senior Military Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower & Reserve Affairs, where he counseled the Assistant Secretary on all training, readiness, and mobilization issues for the Army. He is also the former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Central Command, 335th Theater Signal Command/Army Central Command (USARCENT) CIO. In this role, he led 2,800 soldiers and civilians deployed across the Middle East, and successfully integrated all theater-wide Army strategic command, control, communications, and computer (C4) systems connectivity. He also provided oversight and accountability for C4 commercialization efforts and tactical network conversion, and managed a $450 million operating budget.
General Smith served the United States for over 39 years in the Army National Guard, and in the Army Reserves. Additionally, he has held numerous executive positions for a diverse group of industry corporations. MG Smith holds a BS in Education from The Citadel; an MS in Strategic Studies from United States Army War College; and an MPA from Western Kentucky University.
“I know our clients will thrive with his leadership and grow to know him as a trusted advisor with an incredible record of public service,” said Dillard. “All of us at Big Sky share great pride in welcoming a professional of his caliber to our team. We are ready to hit the ground running as we work together to meet the challenges of the industries we serve.”
General Smith also spoke on his appointment.
“As I’ve worked with the leadership and staff at Big Sky Associates, I’ve come to know them as a truly unique organization. They are at the forefront of every industry they serve, using innovative perspectives to tackle some of the toughest, most intricate challenges their clients are battling. I look forward to working even closer with them in my new role on the Big Sky Associates Advisory Board.”
About Big Sky Associates
Big Sky Associates is a HUBZone-certified Washington, D.C. and Charlotte-based company that specializes in operations improvement, specifically in the areas of security, suitability, and insider threat. With a reputation for data-driven approaches, leaders in both the public and private sectors look to Big Sky when speed, flexibility, and measurable results are of paramount importance. A commitment to tangible value and efficiency gains guides Big Sky’s services and solutions. Learn more at bigskyassociates.com.