Honolulu – Russell Bailey has been selected as the new deputy director of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

A seasoned professional, Bailey has extensive executive-level service at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, the Joint Staff, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and the National Security Council staff at the White House, as well as tours on two U.S. Embassy country teams (in Indonesia and Singapore).

“I am humbled by the opportunity to join Rear Adm. (Ret.) Gumataotao and the DKI APCSS ohana as they continue to forge relationships across the Indo-Pacific, addressing the complex security environment and advancing the National Defense Strategy and Defense Department objectives in our nation’s priority theater,” Bailey said.

DKI APCSS Director Pete Gumataotao speaking to his two deputies: incoming deputy Russell Bailey and departing deputy Richard Sears

A California native, Bailey earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies, with an emphasis in National Security Affairs, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University.

“The selection of Mr. Russell Bailey will help make us better,” said DKI APCSS Director Pete Gumataotao. “We had a lot of qualified folks who applied. The selection was comprehensive, and we are happy to have him on board.

Bailey replaces Capt. Richard Sears, USN (Ret.), who has been the deputy director since earlier this year, succeeding Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Jim Hirai. Sears will retire when Bailey assumes his duties.