Joseph M. Humire is a foreign policy and national security expert, analyzing Transregional Threat Networks in the Western Hemisphere. He provides regular briefings and lectures on the convergence of international terrorism and transnational organized crime, as well as countering China, Russia, and Iran’s malign influence in the Americas to various entities within the U.S. government, as well as prominent think tanks and universities worldwide. He has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress as well as the European and Canadian Parliament. Mr. Humire has also served as an expert witness to several important terrorism trials, including trials of accused Hezbollah operatives and ISIS affiliates in South America.
Mr. Humire is a regular national security commentator and contributor for a variety of English and Spanish language media, including Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español, Fox News, and Newsmax, and has a regular weekly radio segment called the #NewWorldReport on the nationally syndicated show and podcast CBS Eye on the World with John Batchelor. He has published in both languages for various newspapers and academic journals across the Americas and released his first book in 2014 titled Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America, published by Lexington Books. More recently, in 2019, he wrote the foreword for the latest book by his mentor, Dr. Max G. Manwaring, titled Confronting the Evolving Global Security Landscape published by Praeger Security International.
Mr. Humire currently serves as the executive director of the national security think tank—Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS)—based in Washington D.C and is a visiting fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy. Prior to think tanks, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a combat tour in Iraq and a multinational training exercise UNITAS in Latin America and the Caribbean. After leaving the military, he graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Economics and Global Affairs. Mr. Humire began building SFS’s global network of more than 100 security scholars in almost 30 countries worldwide as the Director of Institute Relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
Mr. Humire is a frequent guest lecturer at security, defense, and intelligence conferences worldwide, including regular briefings for the U.S. Defense Department, the U.S. Special Operations Community, the Defense Intelligence Agency, as well as defense institutions of partner countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In January 2023, Mr. Humire was awarded the Order of Merit Medal “General Pedro Fortoul” by the Colombian Armed Forces Reserve and was nominated for an Order of Aeronautic Medal by the Brazilian Air Force.
Mr. Humire’s unique blend of military service, economics education, and expertise in asymmetric warfare offers a unique perspective to U.S. foreign policy and national security grounded in American values and leadership.