Mr. Rickey Smith Biography

Mr. Smith was appointed as the Army Capabilities Integration Center Senior Professional for Capabilities Development in June 2009. He represents Training and Doctrine Command at Joint, Interagency, Multinational, and Service Staff forums in the National Capital Region. He engages with the Army Staff, Office of Secretary of Defense, Members of Congress and their staffs, the Joint Staff, and academic organizations to identify, develop, and synchronize capabilities for the current and future Army.

Mr. Smith serves as a member of the Senior Executive Service for the United States Army based on his extensive knowledge of the intellectual and analytical underpinnings for the Army's Modular Force reorganization as well as rapid and deliberate capabilities development processes. He led the writing team for US Army's first Generating Force doctrine for organizations whose primary mission is to generate and sustain the operational Army's capabilities for employment by joint commanders. Mr. Smith addresses civilian and military audiences on the enduring utility of land power as an essential element of the Nation's Joint Force.

His active duty service, as a Field Artillery Officer from 1978 to 2006, involved leadership and staff positions from platoon to department levels. Duties included brigade command, representing the United States during negotiations within the international arms control community, and a tour as the Department of Defense Coordinating Officer for disaster relief and homeland security operations in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Following brigade command, he joined Training and Doctrine Command to work capabilities development for force transformation. There he was chosen as the Chief of Staff for the Army's Modularity Focus Area that led to the most extensive reorganization of Army combat forces since World War II. Upon joining the Senior Executive Service, he served as the Chief of Staff for the Army's modernization realignment task force, TF 120.

Mr. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University. He also received a Masters of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University and a Masters of Science, National Security Strategy, from the National Defense University.

Mr. Smith's civilian awards include Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Special Service Award. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Army Staff Identification Badge, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

Deputy Chief of Staff, TRADOC G-9