COL (Ret) Randy L. Smith is dual-hatted and serves as the JPEO-CBRND’s Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Officer to the United States European Command and United States Africa Command. In this role, Mr. Smith serves as the focal point for efforts to improve materiel readiness of U.S. and Coalition Warfighters in two separate and distinct Geographic Combatant Commands (GCC) encompassing 104 countries. The AOR contains the most sophisticated CBRN threat environment, many of our most CBRN capable Allies and some of the most relevant areas consistently dealing with the handling of infectious diseases of operational importance to U.S. forces. He routinely leads multi-functional teams to assist in building partner capacity efforts allowing critical Mission Partners to develop institutionalized skills in all aspects CBRN preparedness. In conjunction with the EUCOM and AFRICOM staffs, subordinate Commands, interagency and coalition partners, the JPEO-CBRND continually expands its efforts to achieve the U.S. National Security goals in this critical part of the globe.
On-going support to EUCOM/AFRICOM includes support of a comprehensive assessment of CBRN capabilities designed to identify and address current capability gaps and future requirements for executing the Combatant Commander’s missions throughout all phases of conflict.
Previous civilian assignments include CBRN Integrated Early Warning (IEW) Lead for the JPL CBN IM/IT. Prior to his assignment at the JPEO-CBRND, COL (RET) Smith served as a career Chemical Officer and retired as a Colonel in 2015. His assignments include service at nearly every echelon of Army operational forces and include: Corps Chemical Officer, Chief of Staff, NATO Joint CBRN Defense Center of Excellence, Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander and Executive Officer to the J3, US Northern Command, Chief of Division Operations, 1st AD, Senior Materiel Development Officer for Biological Defense Systems, USACBRNS, Nuclear Surety Officer, Neu Ulm Germany.