APCSS Faculty

Henry Saito

By |2022-09-19T08:53:33-10:00September 19th, 2022|Tags: |

Captain Henry Saito joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July 2022 as a military faculty member. Captain Saito is a native of California and was commissioned in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.  He later transitioned duties to become an Indo-Pacific Foreign Area Officer and has spent over a decade supporting Asia-Pacific efforts. At sea, Captain Saito served on board USS Oldendorf (DD 972) as the Damage Control Assistant; USS Antietam (CG 54) as the Weapons and Combat Systems Officer; and at Destroyer Squadron 9 as the Assistant Training, Readiness, and Operations Officer.  [...]

Afua O. Boahema-Lee

By |2022-09-09T11:05:17-10:00September 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 |2022-09-09T10:17:37-10:00September 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 |2022-09-09T09:57:32-10:00September 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 [...]

Jon Warr

By |2022-09-07T15:02:47-10:00September 7th, 2022|Tags: , |

Lieutenant Colonel Jon Warr joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in July 2022 as an Army War College Fellow following assignment at United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC). A graduate from the University of Southern California, Lieutenant Colonel Warr received his commission through the Reserved Officer Training Corps program in May of 2000. Following graduation, he completed flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, qualified as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter Pilot. His operational aviation assignments included the 1-82nd Aviation Regiment and 82d Aviation Brigade, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 4th Squadron, [...]

B. Seth Bailey

By |2022-09-13T14:56:38-10:00September 7th, 2022|Tags: , |

Seth Bailey joined the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in July 2022 as the Department of State’s Senior Diplomatic Fellow. He has spent the bulk of his State Department career focused on political issues in China.  Prior to joining the faculty at APCSS, Mr. Bailey served as the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at U.S. Embassy Beijing from 2019-2022, where he led negotiations with the PRC. In Washington, Mr. Bailey served as the Internal Unit Chief and Acting Deputy Director of the China Desk from 2015-2017.  Before that, he was the Co-Chair of the China Task [...]

Esther Kim

By |2022-09-07T11:32:29-10:00September 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 [...]

Liam A. Connel

By |2022-08-18T14:40:36-10:00August 18th, 2022|Tags: |

Commander Liam Connel joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in July 2022 following a tour as the legal advisor to the Director, Navy Staff in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. CDR Connel was born and raised in California and commissioned with the Navy as a Judge Advocate General in 2003. He served as legal assistance attorney, defense counsel, trial counsel, staff judge advocate, and officer in charge during his first three Navy tours in San Diego, California, Rota, Spain and Lemoore, California from 2004-2011. From 2011-2012 CDR Connel served at [...]

Jeffery C. Higgins

By |2022-07-27T11:44:31-10:00July 27th, 2022|Tags: |

Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Higgins came to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July 2022 as an Army War College Fellow following his assignment at United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) as the Secretary of the General Staff. A native of Jacksonville, FL, Lieutenant Colonel Higgins graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2002 and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. Upon commissioning, Lieutenant Colonel Higgins was assigned to Charlie Company, 2-327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division where he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom I as a Rifle Platoon Leader.  His other key assignments include: [...]

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