BG (ret.) Dr. Boris Saavedra


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 United States. His duties have ranged 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 École 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, El Salvador and Venezuela on civil-military relations in Latin America, public and private security, transnational crime, terrorism, and strategic planning and military capacity, and new emerging digital technology in cybersecurity and robotics.

Dr. Saavedra is currently a Professor at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, located at National Defense University in Washington, DC, where he worked since 1998. Before joining the Perry Center, Dr. Saavedra was the Chief of Academics at the Inter-American Defense College (1996-1998). In Venezuela, his last position was Director of the Secretariat at the Ministry of National Defense (1995-96).


  • Boris Saavedra, (2022) "Libertad de Expresión en el Ciberespacio," Occasional Paper, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies
  • Saavedra, Boris and Emma Corcodilos, “Regulations in Cyberspace in Latin America and the Caribbean: challenges and opportunities.” In Cybersecurity and Legal-Regulatory Aspects, edited by Gabi Siboni and Limor Ezioni. Singapore: July 2021. Saavedra, Boris. "El Análisis Político Estratégico de la Ciber Seguridad." Revista de las Fuerzas Armadas De Colombia. jun-sep 2017. PDF icon Download
  • Saavedra, Boris. Big Data: Too Big to Ignore for Latin America and the Caribbean. Washington, DC: William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, 2017. PDF icon Download
  • Cárdenas, J. R., Echegaray, I., Farah, D., Humire, J., Madison, K. D., Martínez-Fernández, A., McCampbell, C., Noriega, R. F., Ottolenghi, E., Reagan, K., Realuyo, C., Rodíl, M., Saavedra, B., Silva, H., Skol, M., and Trigos, F. Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute, 2017. PDF icon Download
  • Saavedra, Boris. "Critical Infrastructure in Latin America: Connected, Dependent, and Vulnerable” Ocassional Paper. Washington, DC: William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, 2016. PDF icon Download

Updated / Actualizado: June 02, 2022