Michael S. Smith II
Michael S. Smith II is a formally trained intelligence analyst, open source intelligence collection and exploitation specialist, and a terrorism analyst who specializes in the influence operations of Salafi-Jihadist groups like al-Qa’ida and Islamic State. Smith’s insights on al-Qa’ida’s and Islamic State’s activities, along with opportunities to more effectively manage threats posed by them have been sought by members of Congress, White House officials, counterterrorism practitioners in the United States Intelligence Community, state and local law enforcement officials, as well as senior intelligence officials and counterterrorism practitioners from governments comprising the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh. His work for members of Congress has been entered into the Congressional Record and used as a source document for national security legislation signed by President Barack Obama (The Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012). Smith’s work assisting policymakers and his perspectives on terrorism-related developments have been covered extensively by major media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, BBC, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg, NPR, Voice of America and Newsweek. For his collaboration with hactivist collectives whose members infiltrated Islamic State social media networks and cyber infrastructure to gather information about plots and recruitment activities, Foreign Policy listed Smith among its “100 Leading Global Thinkers 2016.”