Actionable Intelligence you can trust™ is the best insurance against uninformed risk-taking.
Profitable and safe operations in Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina, demand current, in-country, fact-based knowledge that meets the client’s specific needs and objectives.This is what Latin Intelligence Corporation (LIC) delivers: actionable and verifiable intelligence analysis of political, economic, cultural, and regulatory risks that affect profitable and safe performance in the region.
We verify our findings and assessments with decision-makers in private industry, government officials, and representative sectors of the general public in Latin America. This ensures the analyses we deliver and the recommendations we make are knowledge-based, timely, and specific to the client’s needs and objectives.
We give our clients the knowledge they need to qualify opportunities and understand regional risks, prepare for them, and increase their probability of success and the safety and security of their operations, while ameliorating the risks they might face.
We don’t recycle reports. Each client receives the intelligence and analysis he or she needs as specified in clearly stated deliverables. We deliver on deadline, and on budget.
We go in, do the work, and get out.
Our clients are intelligence and security companies, consulting firms, a cross-section of private industry, financial institutions, investment and capital management firms, and departments and agencies of the U.S. Government.
Dr. MARIA VELEZ DE BERLINER
since 2007 on Strategic and Tactical Cultural Security
at USAFSOC Special Operations School
, Hurlburt Field, and at Cannon USAFB, Homestead SOCOM, Monthan-Davis AFB Tucson, Lackland USAFB Security Hill, NORTHCOM and NORAD.
She was awarded the Major General John A. Alison Special Operations Educator of the Year 2011
by the USAF Special Operations School.
of Politics and Violence
and of Intelligence and Strategic Analysis
at the College of Professional Studies of The George Washington University
, Washington, DC.
Professor of “Risk Awareness Intelligence™ and the Energy Industry in Brazil
,” at the Security and Intelligence Academy
, Reston, VA.
Dr. Velez de Berliner receiving the Major General John A. Alison Special Operations Educator of the Year 2011 from the USAF Special Operations School
on Security, Global Corporate Strategy and Risk Analysis (Risk Awareness Intelligence
®), Development Economics, International Relations, and Comparative Politics at Lake Forest College
, Florida International University
, Universidad EAFIT
(Colombia), and Canning House
She has been SME/analyst and Keynote Speaker at the Johns Hopkins University Applied National Laboratory’s Asymmetric Operations Working Group
(AOWG) and the Asymmetric Warfare Group
(AWG) on issues related to the activities of trafficking organizations in the TBA and on the evolution of Colombia’s DTOs. She also participated as SME on Brazil and Colombia as part of SOUTHCOM’s Security Culture Program of Florida International University’s Advance Research Center
, and was Private Sector Analyst/Southwestern Border Group
within the 2011 Analyst-Private Sector Program sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (DHS/I&A
) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI
She is a world-recognized subject-matter expert on transnational terrorist, criminal, drug trafficking, and human trafficking organizations and on internally displaced persons in Latin America.
Dr. Velez de Berliner’s analyses and intelligence assessments appear in The Harvard Business Review Brasil; The Harvard Business Review América Latina; The Latin America Advisor;
and Transnational Organized Crime
(London). She was the featured analyst on India in Latin America
on Bloomberg Reporte Financiero,
and is a regular Latin American Security Analyst on VOA’s Foro Interamericano
and has appeared as Middle East analyst on RCN’s TNT24 Noticias
She presented “Mexico’s and Central America’s TTOs and TCOs in the USA
” at Gov/Sec/U.S. Law Conference, Washington DC, in March 2010 and “Threats to US Critical Infrastructure by Transnational Hostile Non-State Actors
” at Gov/SEC U.S. Law Conference, Washington, DC March 2011.
She is quoted in news publications around the globe and lectures in the U.S. and internationally. While residing in Pennsylvania in 2002, the state’s Governor named her one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business
Dr. Velez de Berliner is President of Latin Intelligence Corporation, a US-owned, Open Source Intelligence – OSINT - consulting firm that delivers actionable and verifiable intelligence analyses and assessments of security risks in the political, economic, social, cultural, and military environments that affect U.S. business performance and U.S. foreign policy outcomes in Latin America, and in relation to the expansion activities of China, India, Russia, Iran, the Middle East, and Africa into Latin America. Born in Colombia she became a USA citizen in 1977.
She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree Summa Cum Laude
from Lake Forest College and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
. He has an Honors Masters Degree in Public and International Affairs, with specialization in International Security and Intelligence, from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was awarded a Presidential Management Internship - PMI. Velez de Berliner received a Doctor of Law Honoris Causa
from Lake Forest College in 2008 for her contributions to Security and Intelligence, Political Science, and International Relations.
Maria Velez de Berliner receiving Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa awarded to her by Lake Forest College for her contributions to the fields of international trade, security, and intelligence, May 2008
As an undergraduate and graduate student, she presented her research and findings on the political and institutional threats created by Drug Trafficking Organizations against the interests of the U.S. Government at annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and to intelligence agencies of the U.S. Government.
Dr. Maria Velez de Berliner and Dr. Richard Dye, Lake Forest College, May 2008
Representative Client List
- CENTRA Technologies, Inc. (USA)
- Intelligent Decision Partners LLC (USA)
- Fundación ECSIM (Colombia)
- Universidad EAFIT (Colombia)
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- U.S. Institute for Defense Analysis
- U.S. National Technology Transfer Center (USA)
- Loral Skynet (USA)
- iJET Intelligent Risk Systems, Inc. (USA)
- Reality Mobile, LLC (USA)
- GLG Councils (USA)
- Open Source International, Inc., now
Open Source Intelligence Division, Radiance Technologies. Inc. (USA)
- Martlin Management, LLC (USA)
- Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) (USA)
- Innovative Technologies Group (USA)
- KSD Diesel (USA)
- Biofreeze International (USA)
- Instronic Instrumentos de Testes, S.A (Brazil)
- Safety Instruments, Ltda. (Colombia)
- DEGSO International (Ecuador)
- CLASECOLDEX (Colombia)