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Wesley Smith

Chaplain Colonel (Retired) J. Wesley Smith is Senior Military Analyst at the American Center for Law and Justice. He served 26 years in the Army, with two combat deployments. Prior to his retirement in 2013 Wesley was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Chaplains (Headquarters Department of the Army) with duty as the Senior Army Chaplain at Dover Air Force Base and the Dover Port Mortuary, as well as the senior- ranking Army Chaplain for over-watch of all Casualty Operations.

In his military career he served as a Field Artillery Battalion Chaplain, a Field Hospital Chaplain, a Battalion and Assistant Brigade Chaplain with US Army Aviation, and as the Brigade Chaplain for the 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division. For four years he was the Religion and Culture Analyst for Army Central Command (ARCENT) where he advised the Commanding General’s staff on the impact of religion and culture on the Army’s mission in the 17 countries in which ARCENT operated.

His military education includes the Chaplain Officer Basic Course, the Chaplain Officer Advanced Course, Combined Armed Services Staff School, The Chaplain Colonels Course, and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Chaplain Smith holds a Bachelors Degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity Degree from Vanderbilt University, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the University of the South at Sewanee. He is an Episcopal Priest affiliated with the Diocese of Atlanta.

Among his awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral 3, the Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal and the Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal.

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North Korea's Strategic Gamble

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Late Monday North Korea launched yet another ballistic missile, in clear violation of United Nations sanctions and in defiance of U.S. attempts to resolve issues with the rogue nation through diplomatic means. However, this latest North Korean provocation was more serious, as the missile flew...

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The Conundrum that is North Korea

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On Tuesday, August 15th, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un stepped away from the strategic ledge that would not have ended well for him: He decided not to attack the U.S. Territory of Guam and modulated his rhetoric. While Kim is reactionary and uncivilized by any standard, he is neither stupid nor...

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What You Need to Know About the New Sanctions Bill on Iran, North Korea, and Russia

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President Trump just signed into law HR 3364 , the legislation imposing new sanctions against Iran, North Korea, and Russia. The bill was passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress. It leaves in place all the existing sanctions on these three countries, while also imposing new ones. For Iran,

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The U.S. and the Multi-Faceted Threat Landscape

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It has been an eye-opening week for the United States and the adversaries who seek to diminish the influence of America, embarrass the nation and threaten our national security. On Monday Chinese fighter jets intercepted and harassed a U.S. military plane in international airspace. On Tuesday,

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