Jenni L. Hesterman

Dr. Jennifer L. Hesterman, Colonel, USAF (Ret) was commissioned in 1986 as a graduate of Air Force ROTC at Penn State University. During her 21-year career, she served three Pentagon tours and commanded multiple units in the field. Her last assignment was Vice Commander, 316th Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, the home of Air Force One. She was responsible for installation security, force support, and the 1st Helicopter Squadron, and regularly greeted the President and other Heads of State on the ramp. Her decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters.

Dr. Hesterman received a doctoral candidate from Benedictine University in Chicago in 2014. She also holds Master’s Degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Air University. In 2003, she was a National Defense Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. where she immersed herself in a year-long study of the nexus between organized crime and international terrorism. Her resulting book won the 2004 Air Force research prize and was published by AU Press. She is also a 2006 alumnus of the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows program.

Since her retirement in 2007, Dr. Hesterman has worked as a cleared professional for The MASY Group, a Global Intelligence firm, and was a full time instructor and then director of the national and homeland security programs at American Military University. She is on the Advisory Council for GovSec East and the Crime and Loss Prevention Council for ASIS, the Association for Industrial Security. She is also a contributing editor for The Counter Terrorist magazine and a guest lecturer for federal and state law enforcement agencies. Her recent book is entitled The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus: An Alliance of International Drug Cartels, Organized Crime, and Terror Groups (Taylor and Francis/CRC Press) can be found on Amazon here.  Her forthcoming book, Soft Target Hardening: Protecting People from Attack will be out in December, 2014. Click here for more information on her book.  She currently lives in Southwest Asia with her husband, Lieutenant General John Hesterman, and their daughter, Sarah (15).

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