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DKI APCSS and Pacific Disaster Center propose a systematic methodology to rank needs of people with life threatening conditions and chronic diseases before, during and after a disaster

Dr. Benjamin Ryan, DKI APCSS, and Dr. Joseph Green, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), proposed a systematic methodology to rank needs of people with life threatening conditions and chronic diseases before, during and after a disaster at the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) Congress in Brisbane, Australia, on May 8, 2019. Dr. Ryan, DKI APCSS Dr. Ryan discussed how disasters can damage the essential social protections and public health infrastructure required for vulnerable populations. This contributes to indirect mortality and morbidity as high as 70–90%, primarily due to an exacerbation of life-threatening conditions and chronic diseases. The [...]

By |2019-05-14T09:38:17-10:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: College, Conference, Ryan|Tags: , , , , |

DKI APCSS Employees recognized at the 63rd Federal Executive Board awards ceremony

Five employees and one departmental team of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies were honored May 3 at the 63rd Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board Excellence in Federal Government Awards ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Officer’s club. DKI APCSS Director Pete Gumataotao and Deputy Director Jim Hirai were on hand to congratulate and support their team. “Attending the FEB Awards last week, was a total inspiration for me,” explained Director Gumataotao. “Firstly, it underscores the talent and commitment by our people working tirelessly to make a positive difference. Congratulations to all the 2019 FEB Awardees and [...]

By |2019-05-07T14:45:00-10:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Courses|

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

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 [...]

Dr. Ryan discusses the need to integrate the private sector into international disaster response

Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) professor Dr. Benjamin Ryan delivered a presentation on how and why the private sector should be integrated into international disaster response Mar. 26. The presentation was hosted Dr. Malinda Steenkamp and Ms. Johanna Garnett from the Torrens Resilience Institute, Flinders University, in Adelaide, Australia. The presentation was attended by representatives from the private sector, government and academia. Dr. Ryan discussed how increased disaster frequency and intensity throughout the Indo-Pacific is progressively pushing humanitarian agencies beyond their ability to cope and while the use of the military in such situations is standard [...]

By |2019-04-01T15:22:40-10:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Ryan|Tags: , , , |

CCM 19-1 concludes with 101 new Alumni!

One hundred and one Fellows from 36 locations completed the Comprehensive Crisis Management course (CCM 19-1) held at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) from Feb. 7 to March 13. Managing crises involves a host of government and non-government actors, the military, the private sector, and affected populations that are often ethnically, politically and culturally diverse. Crises can be overwhelmingly complex due to myriad contributing factors, such as increased threat, urgency and uncertainty, interconnected processes, diverse stakeholder motivations, resource scarcity and inability to cope. The involvement of multiple ministries, national actors and foreign aid can make [...]

By |2019-03-19T11:21:36-10:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Courses|Tags: , , , , |

CCM 19-1 Fellows Visit to US Coast Guard to Discuss Maritime Crisis Management

By Lt. Cmdr. Leah Cole, USCG On March 1, US Coast Guard Sector Honolulu and USCGC WALNUT hosted Fellows from the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, currently completing a five Week Comprehensive Crisis Management course, graduating on March 13, 2019. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, who serves as the Captain of the Port of Honolulu as well as the main prevention and response provider for maritime crisis management across the State of Hawaii and all US Flagged Pacific territories, detailed the multi-mission, inter-agency partnerships that Sector Honolulu prioritizes and leverages on a daily basis for contingency response. DKI APCSS [...]

By |2019-03-13T11:32:31-10:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Cole, College, Courses|Tags: |

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

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 [...]

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

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

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, [...]

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

DKI APCSS Professor has OpEd on N. Korea in latest The National Interest blog

Dr Alexander L. Vuving has a new article in The National Interest profiling N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un and providing his opinion on how the U.S. should response. The OpEd entitled “What Kim Jong Un Really Wants, and How America Should Respond”  provides a background on Kim Jong Un’s first six years as leader and the programs he pursued in order to establish credibility within N. Korea as well as the world. According to Vuving, “North Korea is an opportunity masquerading as a threat.  The United States must not miss the larger struggle in Asia for the squabbles with North [...]

By |2019-02-21T14:39:05-10:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Vuving|Tags: , , , , |

China’s Global Reach: A Security Assessment Workshop

In recent U.S. national security documents, the relationship between the U.S. and China was labeled a strategic competition. What does this mean, and how should the U.S. pursue its national security interests in this context? The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies hosted a collaborative effort of the five U.S. Department of Defense Regional Centers in Honolulu Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2019, to answer these questions. This three-day workshop brought together more than 40 experts from the five Regional Centers and other U.S. Government organizations as well as several think tanks to focus on China’s activities across various regions [...]

By |2019-05-15T14:02:33-10:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: Workshop|Tags: |