Amber Smith’s career consists of over 15 years of experience in senior levels of government, a presidential administration, strategic communications and public affairs and the military. She is the former Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Outreach), Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was an advisor on the Department of Veterans Affairs presidential transition team. She has briefed the media at both the Department of Defense and Department of State. A combat veteran, Amber flew multiple combat tours as a light attack/reconnaissance helicopter pilot and air mission commander where she led missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a Simon and Schuster author of the bestselling book Danger Close.
Amber’s bestselling book, Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan (Atria, Simon & Schuster) describes how she flew into enemy fire in some of the most dangerous combat zones in the world. She was one of only a few women to fly the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. She flew aerial security for Air Force One in Afghanistan in 2008.
Amber frequently appears on national TV networks including Fox Business, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Hill.TV, CNBC and more as a leading expert in defense, national security and foreign policy. Amber has guested hosted WMAL Mornings on the Mall, Washington DC’s largest political morning talk show.
Amber is a frequent speaker, moderator and emcee. She was the emcee at the sixth annual Navy SEAL Legacy Foundation in Dallas. She was a keynote speaker at the Women in Aviation International conference. Amber is also a frequent columnist where she provides analysis on global affairs, defense tech and national security.
Amber has a master of science degree in safety, security, and emergency management with a specialization and graduate certificate in Homeland Security from Eastern Kentucky University. She earned a bachelor of science in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.