Dr. Margaret Smith is a US Army Cyber Officer and Army Planner at Department of the Army, Military Operations, and an academic who holds Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.
Dr. Smith’s research and teaching interests are focused on social media and the effects of disinformation campaigns as a national security challenge and the geopolitics of military cyberspace operations. She is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and graduate faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park where she teaches courses on near-peer and strategic competition for the Terrorism Studies program that investigates the geopolitics of the modern world and the tensions and relationships that shape state behavior, conflict, competition, and cooperation. Finally, Dr. Smith direct’s the Cyber Project for the Irregular Warfare Initiative, serving as the editor and curator of the organization’s cyber-focused content.
In her military career, Dr. Smith served as a researcher at the Army Cyber Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, teaching courses on American politics, cyberspace operations, and her elective, “Politics and the Internet” that investigated how citizen-government relationships have changed with the internet.