Bryan Smith provides strategic advisory services to defense and intelligence companies.
He has held senior resource management positions in the House and Senate intelligence committees, the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). His diverse national security career also included diplomatic and operational intelligence assignments.
During 2016-17, Mr. Smith was a member of the Trump Presidential Transition Intelligence Landing Team. In 2012, Mr. Smith was an intelligence team member on the Romney for President Transition Team, where he authored a management agenda for intelligence reform.
Mr. Smith served as the Budget Director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) from 2011-2015. In this position, he was responsible for roughly $70-$80 billion in annual intelligence spending. Under the guidance of Chairman Mike Rogers, Mr. Smith led the development and drafting of the classified annexes to five intelligence authorization acts in four years. He frequently testified before the Committee.
From late 2007-2010, Mr. Smith served as a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). He advised the Committee’s Vice-Chair, Senator Bond, on the intelligence budget, acquisition policy, financial management, nuclear arms control, and energy security issues.
Prior to joining the SSCI, Mr. Smith served in 2007 as an Associate Director of National Intelligence and Chief Financial Officer (acting). In this ODNI role, he led the inter-agency formation of the Director’s nearly $50 billion National Intelligence Program and published a strategy and roadmap for financial auditability in the Intelligence Community.
Mr. Smith also served in the Intelligence Community from 1999-2003 at the NRO as an Associate Deputy Director and Deputy Financial Management Executive. In this CIA position, he led NRO’s day-to-day financial management and oversaw the legislative relations.
Throughout a combined 15 years of service at OMB (1988-1999 and 2003-2006), Mr. Smith led, in turn, all three branches of OMB’s National Security Division. In these Senior Executive Service positions, Mr. Smith assessed nearly every major defense and intelligence program in formulating the President’s Budget. His duties included: drafting national security legislation; mediating inter-agency resource and regulatory disputes; and attending Deputies Committee meetings of the National Security Council. In addition, Mr. Smith led OMB’s formulation of three Department of Defense emergency supplemental appropriation requests for Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror.
Mr. Smith began his Washington career as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) at the State Department, where he was the staff architect of the verification regime for the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Mr. Smith also served as an Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the INF Treaty in Geneva, Switzerland in 1987.
From 1980-1983, Mr. Smith served as a commissioned human intelligence (HUMINT) officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Smith holds an M.A. in International Affairs and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University. He received his B.A. from Bowling Green State University.