Afua O. Boahema-Lee

By |2022-10-17T11:49:27-10:00September 9th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Major Afua O. Boahema-Lee joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in July 2022 as a military fellow. Major Boahema-Lee was born in Atlanta, GA, raised in Ghana, West Africa and is fluent in Twi. Major Boahema-Lee enlisted in 2004 in the United States Army Reserve as a 92G Food Specialist and later commissioned in 2009 into the Army Reserve as a Medical Service Corps Officer. Upon commissioning, Major Boahema-Lee was assigned as a recruiter with Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama. Her key assignments include Healthcare Administrator with the 7233rd Medical Support Unit, Tuskegee, [...]

Tony W. Smith

By |2022-09-09T10:34:57-10:00September 9th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

Major Tony Smith joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July 2022 as a part of the United States Army’s Broadening Opportunity Program. Maj. Smith arrived following graduation from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island with a focus on Asia-Pacific affairs. Originally from Newport, Kentucky he entered the Army in 2009 and received his commission from Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia in 2010. Maj. Smith is a graduate of the Quartermaster Basic Officer Leadership Course in Fort Lee, Virginia.  He transitioned to Civil Affairs in 2011 and graduated from the Army [...]

Jacqueline L. Hearne

By |2022-10-17T11:51:34-10:00September 9th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Lieutenant Colonel Jacqueline L. Hearne joined the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) as a Military Professor in July 2022. Lieutenant Colonel Hearne received her commission in 2002 from Furman University. She began her Army career as an Aviation Officer before transitioning to duty as a Foreign Area Officer in 2011. As an Aviation Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Hearne served and deployed as a C-12 pilot-in-command and staff officer in aviation-related Military Intelligence Battalions, including 15th Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation) and Task Force ODIN, both in Fort Hood, Texas. Lieutenant Colonel Hearne’s last Aviation assignment was as Delta [...]

Tia Ahlf

By |2022-10-17T11:48:54-10:00September 9th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Major Tia Ahlf joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in June  2022 as a Military Fellow after a two-year assignment as the Commander, 92d Logistics  Readiness Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. She is a U.S Air Force  Logistics Officer and has operational experience in the Indo-Pacific region, with extensive  in-country experience in Japan, and Singapore partnered with their respective militaries. As a Logistics Officer Major Ahlf has led at the Flight, Squadron, and MAJCOM level. She  has experience in developing and implementing MAJCOM and COCOM level strategic  initiatives. Major Ahlf has [...]

Esther Kim

By |2022-10-17T11:55:37-10:00September 7th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Major Esther Kim joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in June 2022 as a military fellow. Prior to joining DKI APCSS, Major Kim was the Director of Operations of the 744th Communications Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, MD, where she led a diverse team providing communications support to the Air Force District of Washington and associated organizations throughout the National Capital Region. Major Kim is a 2011 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.  She was awarded a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management and Cybersecurity from Colorado State [...]

Another Strategic Error from Myanmar’s Military Junta

By |2022-08-01T08:21:10-10:00July 26th, 2022|Categories: Faculty Articles, Byrd, news|Tags: , , |

On Monday morning (July 25, 2022), Myanmar’s military junta released the news that they executed four political prisoners who were leaders in the movement for democracy. Social media went into over-drive expressing outrage, sorrow, and defiance against the military junta. Domestically and internationally, communities swiftly condemned the unjust execution of the democracy movement leaders.  

Steven D. Stowers

By |2022-07-22T15:20:44-10:00July 22nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

Commander Steven Stowers came to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in June 2022 following his Executive Officer tour with U.S. Coast Guard Activities Far East (FEACT) at Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan. He was the principal advisor to the Commanding Officer and was the alternate in performing a wide range of federal authorizations to include Officer-in-Charge of Marine Inspections. Maintaining the Coast Guard’s largest area of responsibility, Activities Far East oversees port security and marine safety operations spanning 43 countries from the Hawaiian Islands to the India/Pakistan border and as far south as [...]

Richard R. Vuylsteke

By |2022-07-20T14:03:44-10:00July 20th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies as a Professor on the faculty in January 2022 after serving five years in Honolulu as President of the East-West Center. During his career, he has worked in seven different professional sectors: military, academia, think tanks, government, international journalism, editing and publishing, and business organization and not-for-profit NGO leadership. Before returning to Hawaii in 2017, he spent 30 years working in Asia, the last 18 years as President of American Chambers of Commerce, first in Taiwan and then in Hong Kong. He has wide [...]

Michael C. Long

By |2022-07-19T13:56:25-10:00October 7th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Captain Michael Long joined the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July 2021 as a military faculty member.He was Commander of Sector Honolulu where he led Coast Guard missions throughout the Hawaiian Islands and American Samoa.CAPT Long’s other operational assignments include Deputy Commander of Sector Miami, Senior Defense Official / Defense Attaché at the US Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Response Department Head and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator at Sector Puget Sound, Port Operations at Marine Safety Office New Orleans, and Assistant Operations Officer at the Gulf Strike Team.His staff tours include serving as the Coast Guard [...]

Kristina L. Richardson

By |2022-07-19T15:06:14-10:00September 8th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Colonel Kristina L. Richardson joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security in July 2021 as a Senior Service College Military Fellow.  A native of Southern California, Col.Richardson entered the Army in 1995 as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  She graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1999, making her the first in her family to graduate from college and commission into the Army.Col. Richardson has served most of her Army career as a combat helicopter pilot flying the UH60 Blackhawk and UH72 Lakota helicopters.  She transitioned later in her military career [...]

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