W. Thomas Smith Jr.


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W. Thomas Smith Jr. --a former U.S. Marine rifleman --is a military analyst and partner with NATIONAL DEFENSE CONSULTANTS, LLC. Visit him at uswriter.comThomas can be reached at: [[email protected]][email protected][/email]

Most Recent Articles by W. Thomas Smith Jr.:

Tom Mullikin announces run for U.S. Congress

Feb 3, 2017 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

Last night before hundreds of gathered family, friends, and supporters at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden, South Carolina; Thomas Stowe “Tom” Mullikin announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress for the 5th District of S.C., the seat held by Trump’s recently tapped budget chief Mick Mulvaney.

It’ll be something of an 80-day dash to the special election this summer. Mullikin is not the only candidate running. But in my estimation, he’s far-and-away the best-suited for the job. Here are a few reasons why.

Nationally acclaimed sheriff sworn-in for sixth term

Jan 5, 2017 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

Sheriff Leon Lott was sworn-in for his sixth term as sheriff of the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD), one of the largest law enforcement agencies in South Carolina, this week.

Sheriff Lott, who penned a public safety piece for Canada Free Press – and will be writing a regular column going forward – is widely held to be an expert in community bridge-building among law enforcement leaders, nationwide.

The ceremony held Tuesday at Central Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C. (the heart of Richland County) was attended by approximately 2,000 invited guests – including deputies and representatives from other law enforcement agencies, military officers, local business leaders, state legislators, and members of the community served by the RCSD.

Sheriff has built trust from South Carolina to Iraq

Nov 16, 2016 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff Leon Lott has long-been recognized as one of the most creatively innovative, bridge-building law enforcement leaders in the nation, even internationally. And it is not necessarily the easiest “title” – for him or any other law enforcement leader – to obtain, particularly in the increasingly polarized, racially and politically charged realm of police officers operating-in and relating-to the diverse communities they serve.

But for Lott, it has been a series of challenges and sub-challenges that both appeal to him (for reasons I’ll explain momentarily) and one which he has embraced with great surety and a comfortable, natural deftness.

Five questions for Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott

Jul 19, 2016 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

In the wake of the nationwide ambush-shootings of police officers and the obviously escalating polarization between law enforcement and many within America’s largely African-American communities, Richland County (South Carolina) Sheriff Leon and his Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD) reflect an entirely different dynamic wherein a mutual respect and public trust seems to exist between all parties. This was clearly demonstrated in last month’s S.C. Democrat primary in which Lott easily defeated former SLED (State Law Enforcement Div.) agent James Flowers, an African-American challenger, in a county that is nearly split down the middle in terms of Black-White racial makeup (45.9 are black or African American, and 47.3 percent are white) not including other races.

As we recently reported, Lott’s success as a public servant, is largely due to his establishment – beginning many years ago – of a culture of community outreach developed not by “simply knocking on doors, standing on the front porch and talking. [Lott] steps inside, sits down and breaks bread with families.”

Battling PTSD on the front end

May 23, 2016 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – combat stress, shell shock, battle fatigue or any of the other labels used to refer to PTSD – is one of the most-debilitating albeit least understood emotional disorders suffered by those living in the wake of experienced trauma. The military services, military medical practitioners, and a number of military veterans groups have only just begun to appreciate the risk of PTSD to combat veterans. But it’s still only a surface understanding. The symptoms are varied. Rarely is there any preemptive training to mitigate the symptoms of PTSD. The public is becoming increasingly aware of PTSD, but if a non-sufferer is not impacted by it, PTSD becomes something of an “out of sight, out of mind” non-issue.

Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff Leon Lott is striving to change that dynamic within his Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD), a force of some 700 deputies including patrol officers and those involved in counter-gang and drug-interdiction operations in the county encompassing the state’s capitol city, Columbia.

An Unlikely Damascus Road

Dec 7, 2015 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

A few days before the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, I was introduced to a little book which revealed to me one of the most amazing stories of Christian conversion I had ever heard or read. The book—FROM PEARL HARBOR TO CALVARY (originally published in 1959 as From Pearl Harbor to Golgotha)—tells the story of Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida, a pilot in the Imperial Japanese Navy, who commanded the entire first wave of the attacks on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.

What makes Fuchida’s story extraordinary is that he not only participated in the infamous “sneak attack” which led to America’s entry into World War II; but he led the initial attack from the front. He survived the war, including two crash landings and an assignment as leader of a suicide-attack squadron; he become a Christian after the war, and in time a missionary in the U.S. leading others to Christ.

National Defense Briefs—October 14, 2015

Oct 14, 2015 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

National Defense Briefs is a series aimed at informing readers with timely U.S. military and homeland security news updates, trends, definitions, and short commentaries. Canada Free Press highlights the “National Defense Briefs” that matter.

Medal of Honor Society launches virtual tour of new museum

Oct 1, 2015 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

The Medal of Honor Society is ramping up public awareness of its planned new Medal of Honor National Museum in a just-released video highlighting the proposed features of the museum which officials say will open in Mt. Pleasant (Charleston), S.C. in 2019.

The video—introduced by actor Gary Sinise—which aired for the first time, Sept. 17, during the Society’s annual national convention in Boston, Mass., features a virtual tour of the museum’s exhibits including a “fly-over” and “fly-thru” of the new museum and education center.

National Defense Briefs - June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

National Defense Briefs is a series aimed at informing readers with timely U.S. military and homeland security news updates, trends, definitions, and short commentaries. Canada Free Press highlights the “National Defense Briefs” that matter.


National Defense Briefs - June 18, 2015

Jun 18, 2015 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

National Defense Briefs is a series aimed at informing readers with timely U.S. military and homeland security news updates, trends, definitions, and short commentaries. Canada Free Press highlights the “National Defense Briefs” that matter.

National Defense Briefs

Feb 6, 2015 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

National Defense Briefs is a series aimed at informing readers with timely U.S. military and homeland security news updates, trends, definitions, and short commentaries. Canada Free Press highlights the “National Defense Briefs” that matter.

Securing America

Jan 29, 2015 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

(Editor’s Note: National Defense Briefs is a series aimed at informing readers with timely U.S. military and homeland security news updates, trends, definitions, and short commentaries. Canada Free Press highlights the National Defense Briefs that matter.)

  • U.S. State Department officials met Jan. 28, 2015 with the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi a day after the committee’s chairman, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), “complained about resistance [from the White House] and vowed to ‘ratchet up’ his inquiry.to schedule interviews with up to 22 potential witnesses who work for the State Department or have knowledge of the attacks,” according to reports. Frustrated that the investigation has stalled, Gowdy said, “Letters haven’t worked. Southern politeness hasn’t worked. We’re going to ratchet it up.” See benghazi.house.gov and foxnews.com]

Scouting for Boys


Oct 3, 2013 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

Of the literally hundreds of books in my personal library, one of the most-cherished is my 1970 edition of the Boy Scout Handbook. Weather-worn from years of return-reading, it is easily one of the best combination-primers of leadership techniques, good citizenship, first aid, outdoor survival skills, and the finer points of manly virtue ever published.

I say “most-cherished” and “best” because I’ve read an untold number of great leadership and survival books over the past few decades – everything from business-management books, Marine Corps guidebooks, various military field-manuals and treatises on successfully competing in the world and surviving everything from war to economic downturns to the world’s most dangerous big-game animals.  But few match the Boy Scout Handbook in terms of its conciseness, thoroughness, simplicity, and yes, its uniqueness as a practical guide for what it takes to be – not just a man – but a good man (sadly, a dissipating natural role).

Green Berets to converge on South Carolina in 2014

Oct 4, 2012 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Palmetto State will host the U.S. Army Special Forces Association’s national convention in 2014. And Columbia and Charleston will serve as dual-destination cities for the annual celebration

Polish Government: Bestselling book marks “historic moment”



Jun 3, 2011 — W. Thomas Smith Jr.

Less than 24 hours after learning that QUIET HERO: SECRETS FROM MY FATHER’S PAST –the heart-wrenching story of an American journalist and her relationship with her Polish resistance-fighter father – had earned a spot on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, the Polish government has issued a public statement of gratitude.