Amber Smith is the best selling author of the book, Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan (Atria, Simon & Schuster). Smith flew into enemy fire in some of the most dangerous combat zones in the world. One of only a few women to fly the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter—whose mission, armed reconnaissance, required its pilots to stay low and fly fast, perilously close to the fight—Smith deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the elite 2-17 Cavalry Regiment, part of the legendary 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. She rose to Pilot-in-Command and Air Mission Commander in the premier Kiowa unit in the military.
Amber served as a presidential political appointee at the Pentagon as the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Outreach) in 2017 and 2018.
Amber frequently appears on national TV networks including Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, MSNBC, Hill.TV, and CNBC as a leading expert in defense, national security, military operations, and foreign policy. Amber has guested hosted WMAL Mornings on the Mall, Washington DC’s largest political morning talk show. 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. In 2016, she was the emcee at the sixth annual Navy SEAL Legacy Foundation in Dallas. Amber is also a frequent columnist at The Hill where she provides analysis on global affairs, defense 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.