J. “Lumpy” Lumbaca, US Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in March 2019. ​

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, living and operating in nearly every country throughout North, South, and Southeast Asia. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines (OEF-P), Haiti, and was involved in numerous other combat, operational, diplomatic, and inter-agency initiatives on behalf of the US Government. ​

Lumpy was commissioned in the Army at Norwich University where he graduated summa cum laude and Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. He earned his Master of Science in Defense Analysis (Irregular Warfare) from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Helms School of Government at Liberty University.​

He is a graduate of the Special Forces Qualification Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), Airborne, Ranger, Jumpmaster, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE Level C – High Risk), DKI APCSS Advanced Security Cooperation Course 18-1, US Army Command & General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), DoD foreign language training and immersion (several locations), USAID/OFDA Joint Humanitarian Operations Course (JHOC), DoD Humanitarian Assistance Response Training (HART) course, and the Indian Army’s Junior Command course, among others. He is a Joint Qualified Officer (3A and 3L), fluent in Thai (3/3), and has earned numerous US and foreign military decorations, badges, and awards.​

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