Sylvia Longmire

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Ms. Longmire is a [medically] retired Air Force captain and former Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. During her eight years with AFOSI, she conducted numerous criminal investigations and worked extensively in the fields of counterintelligence, counterespionage, and force protection. During her last assignment, Ms. Longmire worked at HQ AFOSI as the Latin America desk officer, analyzing issues in the US Southern Command area of responsibility that might affect the security of deployed Air Force personnel. From Dec 2005-Jul 2009, Sylvia worked as a senior intelligence analyst for the California state fusion center and the California Emergency Management Agency's Situational Awareness Unit, focusing almost exclusively on Mexican drug trafficking organizations and southwest border violence issues. Between 2004 and 2011, she regularly lectured on terrorism in Latin America at the Air Force Special Operations School's Dynamics of International Terrorism course. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with a focus on the Cuban and Guatemalan revolutions.

Ms. Longmire has been published in Small Wars Journal, Henley-Putnam University's Journal of Strategic Security, the Journal of Energy Security, the American Bar Association’s National Security Report, and the US Army Counter Terrorism Center’s The Sentinel. Her writing is also regularly featured in Homeland Security Today magazine’s Borders & Intelligence column. Ms. Longmire has been interviewed extensively by national, international, local, and Internet news outlets, including "Geraldo at Large" on Fox News Channel, “John King USA” on CNN, “The Dylan Ratigan Show” on MSNBC, CNN International, CNN México, AOL News, BBC Radio, the Miami Herald, the Houston Chronicle and the San Diego Union-Tribune, as well as Mexico’s Proceso, El Universal, El Diario, and Rio Doce. She has also appeared as a guest expert on an episode of The History Channel’s “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded,” and has regularly consulted with producers of National Geographic Channel’s “Border Wars” and “Drugs Inc.” series.

Ms. Longmire is currently an independent consultant and freelance writer, and is an ASBPE award-winning correspondent for Homeland Security Today magazine. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Stanford University’s non-profit organization Love Thy Neighbor, Mexico, a Small Wars Journal El Centro Fellow, and an instructor on terrorism and transnational crime at Henley-Putnam University. Her first book, Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars (Palgrave Macmillan), was published in September 2011, and was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was also a contributor to Glenn Beck’s Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say (Threshold Editions). Her next book, Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren’t Making Us Safer (Palgrave Macmillan) is being published in April 2014. Ms. Longmire regularly provides services as an expert witness for Mexican immigration cases.

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