Shifting Frontiers: Mexico's Drug Trade & National Security with Kevin Ofchus

    Aug 1, 2023

    The U.S. war on terror has shifted - from Afghanistan and terrorism to Mexico and deadly drugs.  The discussion on terrorism is calling for Mexican drug cartels to be reclassified as narco-terrorist organizations and fentanyl as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance.

    Kevin Ofchus, CEO at HNPSWA, former DEA special agent, and repeat guest - joins us to help break down some of these issues.  With years of hands-on experience at the forefront of the war on terror, Kevin dives into what differentiates today's challenges from previous adversaries.

    Join us as we discuss: 

    • Defining and addressing national security threats
    • Leveraging AI as a tool for tracking and fighting the opioid epidemic
    • Building a blueprint for interagency collaboration for addressing threats




    Views expressed in this material are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rigaku Analytical Devices.

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    Michael W. Brown is the global director of counter-narcotics technology at Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 32 years as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most recently he was the DEA Headquarters staff coordinator for the Office of Foreign Operations for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India. Prior to that he served as the country attaché in India and Myanmar providing foreign advisory support for counter narcotic enforcement. He also spent 10 years in Pakistan as a special advisor to the US Embassy on various law enforcement issues. Michael is a graduate of the United States Ranger Training Battalion and has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and Management from the University of Eastern Michigan.

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