Mexican Drug Wars: A Practitioner’s Perspective

  • 20 Jan 2011
  • 11:30 AM - 12:59 PM
  • Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA



Pay at the door with a check for $29 payable to DIAA, Inc


Registration starts at 1130, lunch at 1200


Colonel Sergio de la Peña (USA, Retired) will speak on Mexican Drug Wars:  A Practitioner’s Perspective


A former Foreign Area Officer, Colonel de la Peña has eighteen years' experience in Western Hemisphere affairs with emphasis on stopping growth and transport of drugs.  He now is Director of Business Development for the Americas for Military Professional Resources, Incorporated.   He most recently worked with the Mexican government on countering the drug trade's effect on Mexican security.  As Northern Command International Affairs Division chief, he worked closely with Mexican counterparts to craft the theater's security engagement strategy.  He served in the International Army Programs Directorate in Army Training and Doctrine Command, as Army Attaché in Venezuela, as Army Section Chief in the US Military Group-Chile, and as commander of the US Military Observer Group-Washington.


Colonel de la Peña was born in Chihuahua, Mexico.  He was commissioned in Air Defense Artillery and is both Airborne and Ranger qualified.  He holds a BS from the University of Iowa and a  Masters Degree in Military Arts and Science.


This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule.  You may use the information, but with the exception of the speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution.  Everything will be off the record.

The Defense Intelligence Forum is open to members of all Intelligence Community associations and their guests.


Make reservations by 12 January by email to  Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses.  For meal selections, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or pasta with portabello.


Pay at the door with a check for $29 per person payable to DIAA, Inc.


THE FORUM DOESN'T TAKE CASH!  If you don’t have a check, you’ll have to have the restaurant charge your credit or debit card $29 and give us the restaurant's copy of the receipt when you check in.





From I-495:  Take the Route 123 exit toward McLean, turn right on Old Dominion Drive.  Pulcinella will be in the second block on your left.


From I-66:  Take I-495 north toward Maryland and then the Route 123 exit toward McLean.  Turn right on Old dominion Drive.  Pulcinella will be in the second block on your left.


From GW Parkway:  Take the 123 exit toward McLean and turn left on Old Dominion Drive.  Pulcinella will be in the second block on your left.




Parking:  Pulcinella has a large parking lot.  You can park also in the Staybridge Hotel lot, diagonally across the street in the southwest corner of Old Dominion Drive and Beverly Road.

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