As the United States rebalances its focus on the Asia-Pacific, there is greater demand for information on issues in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies recently hosted its second mobile Asia-Pacific Orientation Course in the Washington, D.C. area. The three-day course was held April 17-19 and was co-hosted by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

Seventy-six Fellows from DTRA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and various service headquarters, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Agency for International Development and others, completed the course. According to one graduate, he felt “very enlightened by all the great presentations from the APCSS faculty and insightful comments from the other Fellows in attendance.”

APOC provide security practitioners from the United States, allies and key partner nations interacting with regional security issues, whether experienced or new to working with the Asia-Pacific, with two enablers. First, it provides a sound, current overview of the actors and dynamics in region and their relationships to one another; and second, it develops practitioners’ awareness of the need to form and implement coherent, integrated and effective policies and programs linked to one’s own national interests and taking into account the interests of other nations and actors.

The next Asia-Pacific Orientation Course will be held July 30-Aug. 3, 2012 in Honolulu.