“Experts on international terrorism and in counterterrorism”


Mission Statement: National Defense Consultants is a partnership between experts in national security; geostrategy; special operations; counterterrorism; ground, Naval, and air combat; military leadership and military law. National Defense Consultants is a single-stop consulting firm, committed to providing individual clients, client companies, government agencies, policymakers, and media with the full-spectrum of military analysis, consulting, briefings (and client briefing preparation), educational information, white papers, physical force protection evaluations, and threat-assessment services, worldwide.

History and founders: Founding partners Bill Connor (pictured above, left) and W. Thomas Smith Jr. (pictured above, right) organized National Defense Consultants as a limited liability company, July 23, 2012. Both partners have extensive operational military backgrounds.

Connor – a S.C.-based attorney, writer, decorated U.S. Army (Res.) infantry officer (field grade), Ranger (Airborne), and an expert in counterinsurgency combat – is a former senior U.S. military advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. A graduate of The Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Connor is a former candidate for S.C. Lieutenant Governor (making the runoff election in the Republican primary), a former national security advisor for presidential candidate Rick Santorum, the current GOP chairman for S.C.’s sixth district, director of the Army’s Command and General Staff College (ILE) in S.C., and a member of the * U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team. (see Connor’s complete biography at http://palmettoattorneys.com)

Smith – a former U.S. Marine rifle-squad (infantry) leader, parachutist, counterterrorism instructor, and SWAT team officer in the nuclear industry – is a technical consultant (for films airing on The Military Channel), author, a New York Times bestselling editor, and national director of the * U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Smith is a veteran war correspondent (embedded with British contract security forces, U.S. Marine expeditionary units, a regimental combat team, U.S. Army cavalry, others), a former national security advisor for presidential candidate Rick Santorum, advisor to the S.C. Governor’s Military Base Task Force, and a senior field-grade officer in the S.C. Military Dept. (see Smith’s complete biography at http://uswriter.com)

* The U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team – a primary component of National Defense Consultants – is a 20-plus member council composed of internationally recognized military, counterterrorism, and intelligence experts founded in 2009 between Smith and retired CIA operations officer Clare Lopez.

The offices of National Defense Consultants, LLC, are located –

  • Columbia, S.C.        (phone 803.414.8665)
  • Orangeburg, S.C.    (phone 803.378.1544)

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