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. For the last six years, she has 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.
- Longmire Consulting
- Border Insecurity Official Site
- Mexico's Drug War blog
Ms. Longmire has been published in Henley-Putnam University's Journal of Strategic Security, as well as in the Journal of Energy Security. Her writing has also been featured in Homeland Security Today magazine, which includes "Creativity in a Bad Cause" (March 2011), "Hitting the Narcos at Home" (October 2010) and "Al Capone's Lessons for Today's Cartels" (December 2009). Her opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, and on CNN.com. Ms. Longmire has been interviewed extensively by national, international, local, and Internet news outlets, including "John King USA" on CNN, "The Dylan Ratigan Show" on MSNBC, "Geraldo at Large" on Fox News Channel, CNN International, CNN M?xico, AOL News, BBC Radio, the Miami Herald, the Houston Chronicle, and Mexico's El Universal and Milenio.
On "Border Insecurity"; When confronted with the challenges of border security and illegal immigration, government officials are fond of saying that our borders have never been as safe and secure as they are now. But ranchers in the borderlands of Arizona and Texas fear for their lands, their cattle, their homes, and sometimes their lives due to the human and drug smuggling traffic that regularly crosses their property. Who is right? What does a secure border actually look like? More importantly, is a secure border a realistic goal for the United States? Border Insecurity examines all the aspects of the challenge'and thriving industry'of trying to keep terrorists, drug smugglers, and illegal immigrants from entering the United States across our land borders. It looks at on-the-ground issues and controversies like the border fence, the usefulness of technology, shifts in the connection between illegal immigration and drug smuggling, and the potential for terrorists and drug cartels to work together. Border Insecurity also delves into how the border debate itself is part of why the government has failed to improve information sharing and why this is necessary to establish a clear and comprehensive border security strategy.
Ms. Longmire is currently an independent consultant and freelance writer, and is an ASBPE award-winning correspondent for Homeland Security Today magazine and website. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Stanford University's non-profit organization Love Thy Neighbor, Mexico. Her first book, Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars (Palgrave Macmillan), was published in September 2011, and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She also provides services as an expert witness for Mexican immigration and asylum request cases.