Cole Smith is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and served as a nuclear missile officer in the Air Force. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University. Smith received a 2021 Columbia Sloan Screenplay award for his feature script Silo. He is the writer of Sunday Money and Mutually Assured Destruction, two TV pilots chosen as Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF) Faculty Selects. His editorial writing on nuclear weapons regularly appears in The Guardian. He has been interviewed by BBC Live, NPR, Newsweek, and TIME on his experience working with nuclear missiles.