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Amber Smith

Senior Fellow

Amber Smith’s career consists of over 15 years of experience in senior levels of government, a presidential administration, strategic communications and public affairs, as well as multiple combat tours as a light attack/reconnaissance helicopter pilot and air mission commander where she led missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as the best selling author of the book Danger Close.

Amber is currently the founder and president of Beacon Rock Strategies, a strategic advisory and communications firm.

Prior to joining the private sector, Amber was the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Outreach) in public affairs at the Pentagon to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. She led strategic outreach; community relations; corporate, business, and stakeholder engagement; outreach policy; entertainment and film; national sports league partnerships; special outreach events; digital and social media.

In this role, Amber led the creation and implementation of the DoD’s largest outreach initiative, This Is Your Military, while engaging American citizens and key defense-related organizations on critical national security matters, the roles of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the DoD’s community relations initiatives. Additionally, she has briefed the press corps at both the Department of Defense and Department of State.

In 2016, Amber became the press secretary for caucus operations at the GOP presidential convention as well as an advisor on the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs presidential transition team.

Amber is the author of the best selling book, Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Amber is a former OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot-in-command and air mission commander in the historic 101st Airborne Division. She is a combat veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars where she worked closely with the U.S. Infantry, NATO ground troops, Special Forces, Marines, as well as flew aerial security for Air Force One in 2008 for the President of the United States.

Smith frequently appears on national TV networks as a leading expert in defense, national security, veterans affairs, and foreign policy. Smith is a renowned national speaker where she tells her inspirational story of perseverance and determination, lessons of leadership and communication, and achieving success under extreme pressure.

Amber Smith has a master of science in safety, security and emergency management with a Homeland Security specialization and a bachelor of science in professional aeronautics.

Recent Articles:

 

Here’s Exactly How The Military Could Lower Standards For Women In Combat
March 27 2016
by Amber Smith


Retired Female Marine: “Sticking Women In The Infantry Is Going To Cause Lethal Problems”
March 24 2016
by Amber Smith


Hunter: Women In Infantry Is Wrong Because This Generation Has Never Seen A Real War
March 24 2016
by Amber Smith


Female Army Aviator Bringing Vet Voice To Media
March 11 2016
by Amber Smith


Podcast #27 • Women In Combat: Is There A Political Agenda Behind The New Policy?
January 6 2016
by Amber Smith


Russia/Syria coalition • Garrison Pt 2
September 17 2015
by Amber Smith


Post-Debate Analysis • Garrison Pt 1
September 17 2015
by Amber Smith


Terrorism overseas • Bill Cunningham Pt 2
July 2 2015
by Amber Smith


Terrorism overseas • Bill Cunningham Pt 1
July 2 2015
by Amber Smith


Dept of VA improperly spent $6billion annually • Varney & Co
May 14 2015
by Amber Smith


Standards for women in armed forces too low? • Scott Sloan
May 7 2015
by Amber Smith


Analyzing Germanwings crash • Ron Ponder
March 27 2015
by Amber Smith


Germanwings crash analysis • Bill Meyer
March 27 2015
by Amber Smith


All German airlines will require two crew members in cockpit at all times • Cavuto
March 26 2015
by Amber Smith


Rescuers in France face rough terrain • Varney & Co
March 25 2015
by Amber Smith


POTUS visits VA hospital at center of scandal • Fox & Friends
March 14 2015
by Amber Smith


Iraqi forces launch operation to recapture Tikrit from ISIS • Varney & Co
March 2 2015
by Amber Smith


VA Scandal, War with ISIS • Cam & Co
February 27 2015
by Amber Smith


World War III? • Varney & Co.
February 16 2015
by Amber Smith


Will the President and Congress declare war on ISIS? • KOA Colorado's Morning News
February 16 2015
by Amber Smith


War with ISIS: How can the U.S. best protect Americans? • Newsmax TV Steve Malzberg
February 13 2015
by Amber Smith


Will the President and Congress declare war on ISIS? • Phil Valentine Show
February 13 2015
by Amber Smith


Will the President and Congress declare war on ISIS? • Bill Cunningham Show
February 13 2015
by Amber Smith


ISIS rules for women • Bill Lumaye Show
February 10 2015
by Amber Smith


College rape culture; male allies in feminism; NFL & women • To The Contrary
January 31 2015
by Amber Smith


Al Qaeda urges 'lone wolf' jihadists to strike planes • Rick Amato Show
December 30 2014
by Amber Smith


Two Ways to Fight ISIS • Rick Amato Show OANN
December 1 2014
by Amber Smith


What the Real War on Women looks like • OANN Rick Amato Show
October 14 2014
by Amber Smith


What should we expect or hope the President addresses re: ISIS? • OAN Rick Amato (09.10.14)
September 9 2014
by Amber Smith


Veteran who served in Iraq sounds off on what's going on today • OANN Rick Amato
August 19 2014
by Amber Smith


MH17 suspicion of Russian involvement • OANN Rick Amato Show
July 21 2014
by Amber Smith


Has anything been done to fix the VA? Where is the president on this crisis at home? • KFKA AM Colorado
July 21 2014
by Amber Smith


What ever happened with the big scandal at the Veteran Affairs? • Cavuto
July 15 2014
by Amber Smith


The VA Needs a Reformer: A visionary who isn’t afraid to make some waves, someone who will cut the red tape that is smothering the agency and preventing needed changes • WIBC Garrison w/ Tony Katz
June 6 2014
by Amber Smith


How are Americans judging Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's swap release? • WIBC Garrison Show w/ Tony Katz
June 6 2014
by Amber Smith


What did the Administration Know Before the Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange • KFKA AM Colorado
June 4 2014
by Amber Smith


Jeopardizes Security: WH leaks name of CIA station chief in Afghanistan • Rick Amato Show
May 27 2014
by Amber Smith


Paul Harvey's prediction for our nation • Hannity
May 26 2014
by Amber Smith


Time for swift accountability in the Dept of Veterans Affairs • Rick Amato Show
May 19 2014
by Amber Smith


DCCC calls Iraq veteran running for Congress a 'coward' • Fox & Friends
May 17 2014
by Amber Smith


Veteran Affairs fatal mismanagement and lack of accountability • KFKA AM Colorado
April 28 2014
by Amber Smith


Mid-Air Mystery: Fears fly about Malaysian Flight 370 • Fox & Friends
March 15 2014
by Amber Smith


How Obama policies have brought America to a tipping point • Hannity
February 28 2014
by Amber Smith


 
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