W. Thomas Smith, Jr. is a former U.S. Marine Infantry leader, counterterrorism instructor, and a SWAT Team officer in the nuclear industry. A retired colonel in the S.C. Military Department, Smith was founding director of the department’s Counterterrorism Task Force. He is a New York Times bestselling editor and a writer whose work has appeared in countless newspapers and magazines worldwide, including USA Today, The New York Post, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Marine Corps Times, Police1, S.W.A.T. magazine, American Legion, The Christian Post, and many others. A special deputy with the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. and director of the department’s Elder Abuse Awareness Team, Smith is also a senior officer with the National Security Task Force of the S.C. Floodwater Commission.