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Wesley Smith

Chaplain Colonel (Retired) J. Wesley Smith is a 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. Wesley organized the first Joint Service Team at the Dover Casualty Mortuary Operations Center. In that assignment, Chaplain Smith also re-designed the Casualty Notification system for the entire Army and was charged with implementing the training Army-wide.

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. He served four years as 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 Bachelor’s 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 received his Master’s Degree in Law with a focus in National Security from Regent University. 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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Why Giving In to Iran Is a Grave Mistake

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Unlike American President Joe Biden, Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi has refused to entertain negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) in his first three months in office. The Biden Administration, on the other hand, after Joe Biden’s inauguration, immediately began seeking renewal of the...

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How Will the United States Respond When China Attacks Taiwan?

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Last Monday, the Communist Chinese sent 52 military planes into Taiwan’s air defense zone, the most ever in a single day. The intrusion came after the U.S. warned China about such flights and after three days of similar violations. In four days, China has flown 145 aggressive flights into the...

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We Are a Country in Crisis

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As Americans, we have proven over and over throughout our history that we are a resilient country. Through hardships, crises, and challenges, we have always demonstrated an ability to overcome and bounce back. In 245 years, we have faced difficulties, large and small. Our own civil war, two World...

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Was General Mark Milley Undermining His Own Country?

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The most shocking revelation in Bob Woodward’s new book, Peril, is that General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ( CJSC ) went rogue and contacted his counterpart in the Chinese Communist military and told him, if the United States planned any military action against China,

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