Jeffrey G. Smith, Jr. Brigadier General (Retired) and Professor of Cyberspace Studies, Virginia Military Institute
Talk Title: An Ethical Framework for a God-Like Intellect
Thursday, October 3, 5:00 p.m.
Hillel Multipurpose Room
Jeffrey G. Smith, Jr.'s multi-faceted career includes Army leadership, teaching, scholarship, academic administration, and a love of the liberal arts. He recently completed four years as Dean of the Faculty and Deputy Superintendent for Academics at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. He holds a Master of Science degree in National Security from the National War College and a doctoral degree in English Literature from Princeton University. He now teaches cyberspace studies at VMI, and offers a course, "History of Information Technology (Past, Present, and Future)," examining the origins, evolution, and ethical implications of today's technological environment.
General Smith's thirty-three year career included multiple command and staff roles in Europe, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He also spent three years on West Point's English faculty. He served as the Chief Information Officer for all coalition forces in Iraq (2003-04) and wrote "V Corps Battle Command Concept," a white paper that led to the Army-wide transformation of its tactical communications architecture. He was the Army's senior signal officer to Afghanistan and established Europe's first regional cyber center.
He is the author of "A Unified Field Theory for Full Spectrum Operations: Cyberpower and the Cognitive Domain," (National Defense University 2009). He concluded his military career as Deputy Commanding General of the Army's Cyber Command. There he served as the Army's lead for the Land/Cyber white paper, the Army's concept for cyber-related transformation.