Yesterday, the Hawaii Congressional Delegation announced the redesignation of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The redesignation was included in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by the President in December 2014.

“We’re proud and humble that we will now formally bear the name of the man who was at the center of the founding of THIS center …Senator Daniel K. Inouye,” said APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf.

“Senator Inouye had a reputation as a man of peace who embodied trust,” said Leaf. “ At APCSS, we will work hard to continue his legacy by being a trusted place for productive discussions and engagement on peace and security matters for the Asia-Pacific and the United States.”

A ceremony to mark the official name change of the Center will be held in September 2015 as part of the Center’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.


APCSS is U.S. Department of Defense institute that officially opened Sept. 4, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. APCSS addresses regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and workshops, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

The Center supports the U.S. Pacific Command by developing and sustaining relationships among security practitioners and national security establishments throughout the region. APCSS’ mission is to build capacities and communities of interest by educating, connecting, and empowering security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security.