Sylvia Longmire “Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren’t Making Us Safer”

Sylvia Longmire “Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren’t Making Us Safer”

Great Female Authors dinner

featuring Sylvia Longmire

November 12, 5.30 pm

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.

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) was published in April 2014.

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