BG (ret.) Boris Saavedra, PhD
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CYBER/AI 2024 -
09 Feb 2024

Dr. Boris Saavedra is a retired Venezuelan Air Force General Officer, having served in all operational positions in that service. He has devoted more than 30 years of his professional life to academic activities, both in Venezuela and the US, ranging from flight instructor and professor to Director of the Armed Forces Basic School and Commander of the Air Defense Command in Venezuela.

Dr. Saavedra is a graduate of the Venezuelan Air Force Academy, where he received a bachelor's degree in Science and Military Arts, with an emphasis in Aeronautics. He successfully completed all courses and specializations in air operations as a combat pilot. He graduated from the higher Military Studies course at the Ecole Supérieure de Guerre Interarmées of France (1983-1986) and the Higher National Defense Course at the Institute of Higher Studies in National Defense of Venezuela (1988-1989). In addition to his doctorate from the Gutiérrez Mellado Institute at the National Distance Education University in Spain (2014) he has an MA in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University in the United States (2003). In his area of specialization, Peace and International Security, he has co-authored several books and articles in journals in Spain, England, Colombia, Chile, the United States and Venezuela on civil-military relations in Latin America, public and private security, transnational crime, terrorism, cybersecurity, and strategic planning and military capabilities.

Dr. Saavedra is currently a professor of National Security Affairs at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, located at National Defense University in Washington, DC. He is the program manager for emerging digital technology and cybersecurity. Before assuming this position, Dr. Saavedra was the Chief of Academics at the Inter-American Defense College in Washington, DC (1996-1998). In Venezuela, his last position was Director of the Secretariat at the Ministry of National Defense (1994-95).


Saavedra, Boris. "The Power of Digital Technology in 21st Century Geopolitics." in Hemispheric Compass: Development of Prospective Capabilities and Futures Studies for Latin America's Security Decisions, edited by Juan Manuel Avalos Ochoa, 187-208. Mexico City, Mexico: Mexico Navy Strategic Studies Institute, 2023.

Saavedra, Boris. "Converging Digital Technology Outlook for the Next Decade (2023-2033) and its Global and Regional Impact" Perry Center Occasional Paper. William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. June 2023.
Saavedra, Boris. "Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace: Hate Speech, Religion and Politics, Fake News and Post Truth." Perry Center Occasional Paper. William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. May 2022.
Saavedria, Boris. "Cyberspace in Latin America: Concerns, Challenges, and Opportunities," Security and Defense Observatory Bulletin, vol 4, no. 4, 30 March 2022.
Saavedra, Boris, and Ema Corcodilos. "Regulations in Cyberspace in Latin America and the Caribbean: Challenges and Opportunities." in Cybersecurity and Legal-Regulatory Aspects. Gabi Siboni and Limor Ezioni (eds.), 65-88. Singapore. World Scientific Publishing Company, 2021.