Paul Smith has extensive experience in counter terrorism, security and intelligence operations. He served for 37 years in the British Army, the British Security Service (MI5), the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), and the FBI.
As a result of his military career Paul received first hand experience of national and international military and foreign operations at the tactical, operational and strategic level. His expertise in the areas of counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence in Europe were further developed by the role he played in helping to further develop American and allied capabilities in order to adapt to the post-9/11 world.
Sandhurst and Northern Ireland
Paul was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served as a British Army infantry officer in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for 20 years in both front line units and in senior policy positions within the UK Ministry of Defence. He completed 5 operational tours in Northern Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s in command, surveillance and intelligence posts. In addition, he served three years as an expert instructor in the Northern Ireland Training and Advisory Team that taught British Army units the counter terrorism skills necessary before their deployment to Northern Ireland.
Army Staff College and NATO
Having been selected for, and graduated from, the Army Staff College, Camberley, Paul’s final post was as Military Assistant to the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (NATO) during Operation Desert Storm, the collapse of Communist Europe and the initial Balkan crisis.
COUNTER-TERRORISM AND COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE
The United Kingdom and Europe
In 1992, Paul left the Army to join the British Security Service (MI5) where for the next 16 years he served in a series of operational, investigative and liaison postings in the UK, Northern Ireland and abroad. His tours included a counter intelligence tour in the UK, an operational deployment with MI6 overseas and a considerable number of operational deployments in the UK and Northern Ireland. His postings also included the appointment as the intelligence chief of the UK’s joint MI5/Police Counter Terrorism (CT) Intelligence Cell in New Scotland Yard. In this role Paul played a direct role in every major CT investigation in UK during a period of four years.
The United States
In 2005 – 2008 Paul was appointed to the British Embassy in Washington, DC as the MI5 Counter Terrorist Liaison Officer (CTLO) to the US intelligence community. This period coincided with a number of high profile terrorist attacks and investigations such as 7/7 in 2005 and the transatlantic airline liquid bomb plot of 2006. His duties for MI5 as CTLO in Washington involved the transmission and appropriate operational response by the UK and US Intelligence Communities to incoming life threatening intelligence from around the world.
In 2008 Paul was appointed as an Intelligence Specialist with the FBI Intelligence Reform program. In that capacity he helped to augment FBI capabilities in the areas of operational intelligence and intelligence collection. In that year he was also selected to join the adjunct faculty for the Department of Homeland Security’s Masters Course in Monterey.
CURRENT ASSIGNMENTS AND ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS
Paul is an adjunct professor teaching counter terrorism on behalf of the US Department of Homeland Security to first responders at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA. He is a Senior Fellow of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He also teaches counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence courses to US law enforcement agencies and to corporate clients. He maintains a close professional relationship with American and allied intelligence communities.