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career officer , security studies center director

Edwin P. Smith, American security studies center director, career officer. Decorated Purple Heart; recipient Defense Distinguished Service medal.


Smith, Edwin P. was born on August 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States.


Graduate, United States Military Academy, 1967. Master of Arts, University Kentucky, 1976. Master of Business Administration, Long Island University, 1979.

Graduate, Command and General Staff College. Graduate, Canada National Defense College.


Smith is also a graduate of the Canadian National Defense College. Smith served one tour in Vietnam during 1968 as an infantry platoon leader. Other major duty assignments were as Deputy for Readiness for the U.S. Pacific Command from 1991-1993.

He then served as Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, in Belgium, followed by a tour as Assistant Division Commander for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.


  • Smith's decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. His official retirement date was 1 January 2003. He later served as the Director of Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu from 2005 until 2011. Defense Distinguished Service Medal Army Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit Bronze Star Purple Heart.