APCSS Group PhotoAfter traveling hundreds of thousands of miles reaching out to security officials throughout the Asia-Pacific region, retired Army Lt. Gen. Ed Smith completed his tenure today as Director of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu.

Having served in an Army career that spanned 35 years, including his last assignment as the Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific, Smith took the reins as Director of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in August 2005 and led the Center during an important period of transformation.

“It has been rewarding to see advancements in our learning model and methods result in many contributions to regional leader and security-institution capacity building, as well as to security cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  APCSS has improved steadily, and I am honored to have been a part of it.”

APCSS is focused on identifying and addressing security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and is a critical program for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency and U.S. Pacific Command. APCSS invites uniformed and civilian representatives of the Asia-Pacific nations and U.S. to its comprehensive program of executive education and workshops, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

During Smith’s tenure, APCSS updated and aligned its program offerings with regional security-leader requirements, streamlining in-resident existing courses and doubling the number of course offerings.  Further, APCSS Center conferences transformed from general information-sharing events into more specifically focused outreach events, each one tailored to address current or emerging regional security issues and analyze alternative steps ahead.

Founded in 1995, APCSS has more than 5,800 alumni. Of that almost 4,000 attended 63 resident courses and 63 outreach events during the past six years. Further, APCSS’s formal network of alumni associations has grown dramatically from 2 to 54 alumni associations during the past six years.

A new Director for APCSS is in the selection process at this time.

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a Department of Defense international venue for bilateral and multilateral research, communication and exchange of ideas among current and future military and civilian leaders from many Asia-Pacific nations. Military and civilian representatives of the U.S. and Asia-Pacific nations participate in our comprehensive program of executive education, professional exchanges and outreach events, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. APCSS’ mission is to educate, connect, and empower security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security.

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