Lunch and Program at DACOR House

“The Perpetual Challenges of
Securing Borders Against Illegal Drugs and Undocumented
Migrants: Lessons from Past Decades”
Wednesday, March 27
DACOR Bacon House 12:00 p.m.

The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) and the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired (DACOR) have the pleasure to invite you to a co-sponsored program and delicious lunch on Wednesday, March 27 featuring Captain James Howe, who will enlighten us with a his interesting presentation on “The Perpetual Challenges of Securing Borders Against Illegal Drugs and Migrants:
“Lessons from Past Decades.”

The program will take place at the DACOR House, 1801 F Street NW, Washington, DC, between 18th and 19th NW from 12:00 to 2: 00 p.m.

The program will be as follows:

· 12 -12:30 p.m. A reception in James Howe’s honor
· 12:30 – 1:10 Lunch
· 1:10 – 1:40 Presentation
· 1:40 – 1:55 Q & A
· 2:00 p.m. Finish

The cost of the program is $30.00, which includes lunch and wine. The reception will include a cash bar.

You will also have the opportunity to view the historic DACOR-Bacon house, built in 1825 and listed with the National Register of Historic Places. More information on the house may be viewed here:

Please RSVP no later than Friday, March 22 to and send a check for $30.00 to AAFSW, 4001 N. 9th Street #214, Arlington, VA 22203.
We look forward to seeing you.

Warmest regards,

Sheila Switzer
Program Chair


Jim Howe served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for 27 years, rising to the rank
of Captain (O-6). He was stationed aboard cutters for a total of 11 years, with five years in
command. During his time at sea he gained extensive experience in maritime law enforcement,
search and rescue, and national security missions. He is the author of the Navy-Coast Guard tactical
manual for drug and migrant interdiction, and his recent book, Red Crew (Naval Institute Press)
describes his first-hand experiences chasing smugglers and saving lives in the waters off South
Florida aboard a one-of-a-kind flotilla of high-speed patrol boats.

After retiring from active duty, Howe served for two years as the senior career civil servant in the
Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Legislative Affairs. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, he
was responsible for the day-to-day activities of the office, for strategic planning, for outreach
initiatives, and for leading the thirty-person team during the 2008-2009 presidential transition. He
now works in the nuclear fuel industry.

From 2003 to 2005, Howe served in the Office of the Vice President of the United States as Special
Advisor for Homeland Security, focusing on border and transportation security issues. During that
time he interacted daily with the law enforcement professionals at a number of federal agencies,
including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection,
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Secret Service, and he made several fact-finding visits
to America’s northern and southern borders.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Government, with high honors. Howe earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Government from
Harvard University (Extension School); there, his master’s thesis examined maritime drug
interdiction operations in the Caribbean. In 2002 he was a distinguished graduate of the Marine
Corps War College, earning a Master of Strategic Studies degree, and in 2014 he earned a Master of
Science degree in Space Studies from American Military University. He also is a graduate of the
MIT Seminar XXI program, and currently is conducting post-graduate research at the University of

Howe is a resident of Virginia where he lives with his wife, Shira. The Howes have five children,
ages 17 to 26: one an Air Force pilot, three in college, and the fifth a senior in High School.