An expert on international law, retired U.S. Navy Captain Carleton R. Cramer was selected as the new Dean of Academics for the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies today and will officially begin his term Aug. 11.

According to APCSS Director, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan “Fig” Leaf, Cramer was selected out a highly qualified group of candidates.  “It was a very difficult decision in that all of them were excellent.  In the end, I felt Carleton Cramer was the right person for the position at this time.  He has a very clear and strong vision for the future of the College.

“Cramer is also someone with a great amount of affection and respect for APCSS Fellows and Faculty members. He is widely acknowledged as someone who will work with everyone to continue to build the type of executive education programs needed to build security cooperation in the region.”

Cramer joined the Center in August 2004.  Currently, he serves as a senior faculty member focusing on terrorism, law of the sea and international law.  Mr. Cramer is a member of both the California and Hawaii State Bars.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii.  Additionally, he has served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Cramer grew up on the Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands. After serving for 27 years in the U.S Navy, he retired from active duty in 2007.

Upon accepting the position Cramer stated, “I am absolutely delighted with the opportunity to serve as Dean of Academics for the College of Security Studies, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.  The APCSS mission is critically important.  We build regional capacity and communities of interest by educating, connecting and empowering security practitioners.

“The APCSS Team that executes this mission is the very best—world class in every aspect. I am privileged to serve as the academic lead for that team.  I look forward to building on the successes of my predecessor, Ambassador Lauren Kahea Moriarty, and continuing to advance security in the Asia-Pacific region.”

APCSS is a U.S. Department of Defense institution that educates, connects and empowers security practitioners to address issues from traditional security, counterterrorism and comprehensive crisis management to cyber security, food security and transnational crime.

Military and civilian officials, predominantly from the United States and other Asia-Pacific nations, participate in the Center’s program of executive education, professional exchanges and outreach events in Hawai’i and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  Since APCSS’s opening in 1995, Fellows from 104 countries and territories and four international organizations have attended courses at the Center.  Alumni total more than 7,600.  More information is available at