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Jerry Smith

Director of Munitions

Jerry Smith serves as the Director of Munitions with Global Technical Systems (GTS) where he is responsible for the strategic growth and technical vision of a rapidly growing, successful lethal effects / munitions division, headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.  Jerry’s team provides valuable engineering services and force multiplication for various government and prime customers.

Jerry has over 25 years of munitions design, development, test & evaluation / qualification, fabrication and fielding experience. Throughout his career, he has been an innovator and a creator. Jerry played a significant role in notable munition development and game changing programs; such as,  the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), the GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) tail kit and principal designer of the BLU-137/B advanced 2,000-lb penetrator warhead. Jerry provided design oversight & mentoring for the GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) development effort. He is listed as an inventor on the patent and principal investigator of the Arming Generator Relocator Adaptor (AGRA) fuze arming system as well as other special programs of record.

In addition to Jerry’s munitions expertise, he has extensive experience in wind tunnel model design and fabrication. He is experienced in the test, evaluation, and qualification of weapons systems – both at systems level and discreet component qualification efforts, with post-test forensics being a specialty. Jerry and his engineering team have also established a robust modeling & simulation capability in the area of penetration mechanics, survivability and lethality.

Having spent several years working special programs for the intelligence community in the areas of Foreign Materials Exploitation (FME), Jerry is well versed in establishing & executing hardware mensuration and characterization programs.

His extensive commitment to advancing defense munitions technology has earned him the reputation as a munition technology leader and a game changer in the industry.

Jerry is trained and experienced in Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) operations for law enforcement, leveraging his munitions experience with a specialty in explosive breaching and porting. Jerry has multiple certificates from advanced level explosive breaching courses. He has been assigned to SWAT duties since 2011 and is a 12+ year active member of a very busy, local sheriff’s office SWAT team, volunteering his time as an experienced reserve SWAT deputy.

In his spare time, Jerry currently teaches at Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat (SFAUC) courses, as well as special forces Master Breaching courses where he educates warfighters about the effects of blast-overpressure on the body, and how to mitigate those effects.