SylviaLongmire

About SylviaLongmire

Ms. Longmire is one of the nation’s foremost subject matter experts on Mexico’s drug war and border security issues. She is also a service-disabled veteran, having served in the United States Air Force as an officer and Special Agent for over eight years. During that time, she conducted numerous criminal investigations and worked extensively in the fields of counterintelligence, counterespionage, and force protection. During her last assignment, Ms. Longmire worked as a Latin America desk officer, analyzing issues in the US Southern Command area of responsibility that might affect the security of deployed Air Force personnel. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and medically retired from the Air Force in 2005, Ms. Longmire worked until 2009 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.

A necessary move across the country in 2009 required Ms. Longmire to leave her analyst position in California after a challenging, but rewarding, four-year run. Due to family commitments, she decided not to pursue a traditional analyst position, and instead she turned to freelance writing and consulting. Over the ensuing months, her writing grabbed hold in outlets like Homeland Security Today magazine and MexiData.info. Slowly, reporters started to contact her for her input on stories they were writing about the drug war, as did radio show hosts, students, and concerned citizens. Soon, she was spending a considerable amount of work-from-home time replying to email requests for information on the drug war, writing articles, and doing interviews. Ms. Longmire then began working as an expert witness for Mexican immigration and asylum request cases. She finally decided to gather up all the various types of work she was doing related to Mexico’s drug war and border security under the umbrella of Longmire Consulting. She went on to write two books, Cartel and Border Insecurity, and her writing is featured regularly on American Military University's InHomeland Security blog, in Homeland Security Today magazine, and in numerous peer-reviewed academic journals.

Despite having MS for over ten years and relying on mobility devices for transport, Ms. Longmire currently owns two businesses and manages a third, travels across the country to attend and present at security conferences, and regularly gives presentations to civic groups, law enforcement agencies, and corporations on Mexico’s drug war and border security. She is also a frequent guest on major media outlets, providing interviews for FOX News Channel, CNN, MSBNC, and more. Ms. Longmire has been a guest expert on The History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and consulted for producers of the National Geographic Channel’s Border Wars and Drugs, Inc. series.

Ms. Longmire is a very rare native Floridian, and after having hopped around the United States for 18 years, she currently calls Central Florida home. She is a staunch advocate for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has raised thousands of dollars for MS awareness and research as a WalkMS team captain and volunteer. She is also the President and founder of The PreJax Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides scholarships to exceptional students who either have MS or a parent with MS. She is the reigning Ms. Wheelchair USA 2016/2017, and will be promoting her platform of supporting programs for children of parents with disabilities in the coming year. In her spare time, she makes custom copper and stainless steel jewelry for her company AZ Copper Creations, and never turns down an invitation to karaoke. Ms. Longmire is available for media interviews and public speaking engagements.