Maria Velez de Berliner, Ph.D, is President of Latin Intelligence Corporation. She consults to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security on issues of global security. She is Professor of Political Violence and Terrorism, and of Intelligence and Strategic Analysis at The George Washington University, Washington DC, and an Instructor on Strategic and Tactical Security at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (USAFSOC’s) Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, FL.
She has been a Subject Matter Expert (SME) analyst and Keynote Speaker at the Johns Hopkins University Applied National Laboratory’s Asymmetric Operations Working Group and the Asymmetric Warfare Group on issues related to the global formation, growth, and expansion of transnational terrorist and transnational criminal organizations. She served in a similar capacity at SOUTHCOM’s Security Culture Program of Florida International University’s Advanced Research Center.
Maria was a Private Sector Analyst/Southwestern Border Group at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Her analyses and intelligence assessments appear in The Harvard Business Review Brasil; The Harvard Business Review América Latina; The Latin America Advisor; Transnational Organized Crime (London); and, “Examining Core Elements of International Research Collaboration“(U.S. National Academy of Sciences). She appears regularly as an SME on the Middle East on Voice of America and other global media outlets.
She was awarded the Major General John A. Alison Special Operations Educator of the Year 2011 by the USAF Special Operations School, serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.