APCSS Faculty

Kimberly B. McCann

By |2019-05-01T14:39:49-10:00May 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Captain McCann joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in March 2019 as a Military Professor. A native of Lubbock, Texas, Captain McCann graduated in 1998 with a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University and School of Law and is a member of the Texas Bar. She was commissioned in 1999 and shortly thereafter completed the Basic Lawyer Class at Naval Justice School. In 2017, she earned a Master of Laws in National Security Law (with distinction) from Georgetown University Law Center. Captain McCann’s staff and operational experience includes Staff Judge [...]

Assoc. Prof. Lumbaca publishes an article on the changing landscape of terrorism

By |2019-04-23T09:10:56-10:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: College, External Publications, Faculty, Independent Faculty Articles, Lumbaca|Tags: , , |

DKI APCSS Associate Professor Lt. Col. J. “Lumpy” Lumbaca published an article in Small Wars Journal recently entitled “Indo-Pacific Terrorism: What to expect for the foreseeable future.” The article addresses the influence of the Islamic State on terrorists, the effective use of technologies to increase the sophistication in terror attacks and a multitude of other factors that have changed the terrorist landscape in the past two decades. Excerpt: The advancements here are more about hardware, tactics, techniques, and procedures used by terrorists to make attacks more deadly.  The May 2018 Islamic State-linked Jamaah Ansharut Daulah suicide bombings in Surabaya demonstrated the [...]

J. “Lumpy” Lumbaca

By |2019-04-23T08:56:27-10:00March 19th, 2019|Tags: , |

J. “Lumpy” Lumbaca, US Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in March 2019. His academic focus is on counter-terrorism, illicit activities, insurgency, and radicalization Prior to his arrival at the Center, Lumpy served for over twenty years on Active Duty in various positions throughout the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) community with primary emphasis on the Indo-Pacific region. He commanded Green Berets at the A-Team and B-Team levels, and held various other positions within the US Army’s 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, [...]

DKI APCSS Professor has OpEd on N. Korea in latest The Diplomat magazine

By |2019-05-15T14:02:33-10:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: External Publications, Independent Faculty Articles, Vuving|Tags: , , , |

Dr Alexander L. Vuving has a new article in The Diplomat on the second North Korea-US Summit and the options for the two countries going forward. The OpEd entitled “The Future of the Trump-Kim Summit” explains why the Summit was ended without an agreement as well as what’s next for the countries. According to Vuving, “One obvious reason for the breakdown of the summit is its process. It left too much of a gap for the top leaders to close in too little time. But Trump and Kim could have saved the summit by picking “low-hanging fruits.” Part of the package [...]

Odom article on China’s ‘Riskfare’ published by Proceedings

By |2019-03-05T14:34:11-10:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: External Publications, Odom|Tags: , , |

DKI APCSS professor Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom has an article featured in the March issue of Proceedings magazine, highlighting the growing tactical risk arising in the geopolitical competition between the United States and China.  The article, entitled “China’s ‘Riskfare’,” calls for the United States to spotlight China’s risky operational behavior in and over the waters of the Asia-Pacific region and take deliberate actions to counter these dangerous tactics. Odom points out that “Risk is not always synonymous with threat.”  However, China’s behavior, particularly in and overthe South China Sea and East China Sea, produces risk and elevates it to a weapon, [...]

Van T. Thai

By |2019-02-11T11:48:16-10:00February 11th, 2019|Tags: , |

Colonel Van “Diggity” Thai, a U.S. Air Force Mobility Instructor Pilot and Foreign Area Officer (FAO) specializing in Northeast Asia, joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in July 2018. Before arriving to DKI APCSS, Colonel Thai was a student at the French War College in Paris, France where he studied Global and European security issues with over 240 civilian and military personnel from 62 countries.  Prior to attending the War College, he was the Deputy Commander, 18th Operations Group, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan.  The 18th Operations Group has over 900 personnel [...]

Jim Mcmullin

By |2019-02-25T13:59:59-10:00January 16th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Captain Jim McMullin, a Naval Foreign Area Officer (FAO), came to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in December 2018 to serve as a Military Professor with a focus on Maritime Security Cooperation. CAPT McMullin began his military career when he was commissioned to be a Submarine Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy in May 1995. He is a graduate of several military and specialty schools including: Naval Nuclear Power School, Nuclear Power Training Unit, Naval Submarine School, Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center, Naval War College (non-resident), Joint Forces Staff College, and the Defense Language [...]

Charles C. Berry II

By |2019-02-07T14:08:47-10:00January 16th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Maj Charles Berry came to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in January 2019 following his Division Chief tour with the “Guardians of the Pacific” Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) from July 2016 to May 2018 where he led the Contracting Division. A native of Decatur Georgia, he reported for Officer Training School in Montgomery, AL in May 2007 and earned his commission in August 2007. From September 2007 to September 2010 he served as a Contracting Flight Commander supporting the “Wild Weasels” of the 35 Fighter Wings at Misawa Air Base Japan where he supported [...]

US-Pakistan Relations: The Search for a Middle Ground

By |2018-12-20T13:40:40-10:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: External Publications, Yamin|Tags: |

By Dr. Saira Yamin December 17, 2018, Pakistan Politico "US-Pakistan Relations: The Search for a Middle Ground" (link is external) published by Pakistan Politico is the latest article by Dr. Saira Yamin. According to Yamin, "Relations between the United States and Pakistan have soured considerably in 2018.  A recurring exchange of flustered tweets by statesmen on both sides suggests that they may be ready to move on.  However, it may be worthwhile taking a pause to consider what may be at stake.  Disengagement and  estrangement would not be new words in the U.S.- Pakistan lexicon." In the article, she discussed the [...]

Faculty addresses HADR rationale in Indo-Pacific

By |2019-01-09T15:11:40-10:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Campbell, Canyon, External Publications, Ryan|Tags: , , , |

Three DKI APCSS Faculty members recently co-authored a paper entitled “Rationale for involving the private sector in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the Indo-Pacific.” Dr. Benjamin Ryan, Dr. Deon Canyon and Dr. James Campbell all contributed to the paper. The article was also co-authored by Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Risk Reduction. With the rise in disaster frequency and intensity throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the article explores the significant opportunity that exists for international humanitarian and disaster relief systems [...]