Takashi Okamoto joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in June 2023 as the College Operations Officer. Major Takashi Okamoto is a native of Fujisawa, Japan, and he entered the Marine Corps in 2008 via Platoon Leader’s Course after becoming a United States citizen. Before joining the Marine Corps, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and worked as an Intellectual Property Consultant. After commissioning in March 2008, Major Okamoto was designated as Logistics Officer. In this capacity, Major Okamoto deployed [...]
“Civil-Military Operations in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” a research paper by Maj. Tony Smith was recently published in the Ninth Volume of the Civil Affairs Issue Papers. This paper, which explores the nuances of Artificial Intelligence’s impact on Civil Affairs Operations, represents a small but meaningful step in our understanding of how technology is transforming aspects of modern warfare. Summary: The introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) serves as the next major offset technology transforming the character of war. In 2018, the Department of Defense rolled out its AI strategy, largely ignoring risks and external factors that make AI's arrival [...]
Brent Feller joined the Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in February 2023 as a Military Professor in the College of Security Studies after a posting at Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces as a Country Director focused on Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor Leste, and Brunei. He is an Indo-Pacific focused Foreign Area Officer with a specialty in Southeast Asia. Prior to becoming a Foreign Area Officer, Major Feller was a Nuclear Operations Officer at Minot Air Force Base with experience as a Combat Crew Commander, Evaluator, and Planner. He was selected to be an instructor at 392d Training Squadron, [...]
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in an economic freefall since the failed military coup of February 2021. The coup, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has resulted in widespread conflict, unrest, and international condemnation.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Major Matt Tweed joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in May of 2021 and currently serves as a Military Professor. He was most previously posted at III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), as the Oceania Desk Officer in Okinawa, Japan. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Regional Affairs Officer – Northeast Asia and has over nine years of continuous operational experience in the Indo-Pacific region. A prior-enlisted Air / Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) Marine and currently an Infantry Officer by trade, Major Tweed has led at the Team, Platoon, and Company level, comprising both [...]
Dr. David Dorman shares his perspective on “Making the Most of It: China’s Military Wins the Covid-19 Fight in Wuhan” for Security Nexus. In this Op Ed, Dorman states that “An important part of China’s domestic propaganda work since January has been to obfuscate the Communist Party’s early role in allowing a virus that has killed tens of thousands worldwide to spread unchecked across and out of China. One method has been to commandeer the image of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) medical staff saving lives in Wuhan to mask the Party’s role in creating the crisis.” Read full paper