The Indo-Pacific Orientation Course (IPOC) provides an executive education experience for mid-career to senior-level security practitioners to enhance their ability to engage in cooperative security efforts, advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific. IPOC offers a unique opportunity for security practitioners with an extraordinary range of professional experience, levels of education, and perspectives to engage intensively on regional security issues.
The Mobile IPOC (MIPOC) delivers the course’s comprehensive content on regional security issues, cooperative security efforts, and a free and open Indo-Pacific directly out in the region to meet the needs of important partners who cannot attend the resident course in Honolulu. For instance, after a five-year hiatus, MIPOC brought the center’s learning environment and expertise directly to Camp Camp Humphreys for United States Forces Korea in 2023. Current plans include a 2024 MIPOC in Japan and a 2025 MIPOC in Washington, D.C.
IPOC is organized around three themes: Regional Overviews, Security Approaches to the Indo-Pacific, and Crosscutting Challenges & Opportunities. Plenary presentations during the course highlight the role played by good governance, cooperation, and the rules-based order in promoting traditional military security, economic security, cyber security, maritime security, and climate security, among other spheres. Those plenary presentations are augmented with daily small seminar sessions that consolidate learning, elicit diverse perspectives, and promote critical thinking and analysis among fellows.
DKI APCSS encourages all fellows to attend IPOC in person to maximize the informal interaction that augments the curriculum and fosters long-term connections. We do recognize that some fellows cannot make the trip to Honolulu. For this reason, DKI APCSS has developed a highly effective system for integrating virtual fellows into IPOC. Incorporating virtual fellows allows us to bring together a mix of in-resident and online fellows in a seamless environment for shared learning.