Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Dan “Fig” Leaf will continue to serve as the Director of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies January 2017 after recently being approved for an extension.
In a memo to Center staff he stated: “I’m honored to have another two years to work with all of you, changing the world as we go.”
Leaf has served as Director of APCSS, a U.S. Department of Defense Institute that addresses regional and global security issues, since January 2012. The two-year extension was approved by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy with concurrence from U.S. Pacific Command and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency . DoD policy allows for individuals to serve as director of a Regional Center for three years with up to two additional two-year extensions for a maximum of seven years.
One of DoD’s five regional security studies centers , APCSS’ mission is to build capacities and communities of interest by educating, connecting and empowering security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security. Since opening in 1995, the Center has had more than 9,000 alumni representing over 122 countries and territories attend APCSS courses and workshops.