Dr. Paloma Mendoza-Cortés is a Mexican Professor, researcher, and consultant on national security, defense, intelligence, and private military issues. She holds a degree in Political Science and Public Administration, Master in Government and Public Affairs, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a PhD in Government and Public Affairs from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM). She is a graduate of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), National Defense University (NDU), Washington, DC, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), and Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Penales (INACIPE). She has been a professor at the Heroico Colegio Militar (HCM – Heroic Military College), the Centro de Estudios del Ejército y Fuerza Aérea (CEEFA – School of Intelligence of the Center for Army and Air Force Studies, and the Sistema de Desarrollo Policial de la Comisión Nacional de Seguridad (CNS – National Security Commission). She has been a guest lecturer at the Centro de Estudios Superiores Navales (CESNAV – Center for Naval Higher Studies), and the Association of Graduates of the National Defense College. Paloma Mendoza is currently Director of Analysis Coordination at M-B Consulting, a member of Foretell Georgetown University, member of the Research Committee of the Network of Women in Security and Defense in Latin America and the Caribbean (Amassuru), member of Women in International Security (WIIS) and columnist for the defense and security portal Campo Marte, CampoMarte.com.mx.