J. “Lumpy” Lumbaca, US Army Special Forces (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, and held various other positions within the US Army’s 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). At Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC), he served in the SOJ5 (Policy & Plans) and SOJ3 (Operations) directorates. In combat, he led joint/combined Special Forces operations in Iraq and the southern Philippines. Lumpy went on to serve as the Ground Operations Officer, and finally as the Director of Operations at the Joint United States Military Advisory Group – Thailand (JUSMAGTHAI), US Embassy, Bangkok, where he eventually retired from the Active Duty. Throughout his career, Lumpy lived and worked alongside interagency partners, diplomats, foreign law enforcement officials, paramilitary forces, and special operators throughout North, South, and Southeast Asia conducting sensitive activities from the tactical to the theater-strategic and diplomatic levels aimed at countering terrorism, illicit activities, WMD proliferation, and transnational crime.
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 US Naval Postgraduate School. He is currently a PhD student in the Helms School of Government at Liberty University.
Lumpy is a graduate of DKI-APCSS ASC 18-1, US Army Command & General Staff College; Joint Forces Staff College; Special Forces Qualification Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), Airborne, Ranger, Jumpmaster, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (S.E.R.E., Level C – High Risk), 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.