|Formation||September 4, 1995|
The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) is a U.S. Department of Defense institute that officially opened Sept. 4, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Center addresses regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and workshops, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The Center supports the U.S. Pacific Command by developing and sustaining relationships among security practitioners and national security establishments throughout the region. DKI APCSS' mission is to build capacities and communities of interest by educating, connecting, and empowering security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security. It is one of the Department of Defense's five regional security studies centers.
DKI APCSS Vision:
Setting the standard for innovative international executive education and leader/organizational development advancing multi-national security cooperation and capacity-building.
o Venue of choice for security-cooperation education
o Sought-after facilitator of security assessments and approaches
o Catalyst for leader and organizational capacity-building
o Key node for security information analysis and strategic understanding of complex challenges
o Connector of communities of interest, expertise and influence related to security issues in the Asia-Pacific region
The Center focuses on Executive Education via both resident and regional events. These academic events include resident courses and outreach events such as mini-courses, conferences and research projects. Senior military and government decision-makers in security-related positions from throughout the region participate in APCSS courses. The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is located on Fort DeRussy, in Waikiki, Hawaii.
U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, after visiting the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies felt the Asia-Pacific region could benefit from an executive education and conference program. In 1994 Inouye introduced congressional language to establish the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii. The language instructed the Navy to use $3 million of existing budgeted funds and create the Center as a direct reporting unit to Commander USPACOM.
On Sept. 4, 1995, APCSS was officially established during a ceremony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu. William J. Perry, then U.S. Secretary of Defense and General John Shalikashvili, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joined Admiral Richard C. Macke, Commander USPACOM and 33 foreign dignitaries opening the center.
DoD Directive 5200.38 giving official authorization to the Center was signed Jan. 29, 1996.
In October 1995, the center moved from Camp Smith into the Waikiki Trade Center.
The first 12-week Executive Course began in September 1996 with 23 fellows from 12 countries. A total of ten executive courses and two senior executive courses were conducted at the Waikiki Trade Center.
In June, 2000, APCSS moved into its present home at Fort DeRussy. Formerly the home of the 9th Army Reserve Command, buildings were refurbished to house the center. An existing warehouse was converted into an auditorium and classroom and office spaces.
On August 23, 2000, the building was officially dedicated, with more than 300 VIPs and special guests in attendance. Speakers included: Senator Inouye, Admiral Dennis C. Blair Commander USPACOM, William Perry, former Secretary of Defens and Lt. Gen. H.C. Stackpole (USMC RET) APCSS president.
In September 2015, APCSS celebrated its 20th anniversary and officially changed its name from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Today the Center is made up of 128 staff and faculty and is composed of civilians and active duty military, which are drawn from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The multi-cultural diversity of the Center's student body is replicated by its international staff and faculty.
Resident programs include:
APCSS has more than 10,600 graduates.
Alumni in Senior Positions include:
APCSS has more than 57 alumni associations.
APCSS is one of five regional centers that fall under the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The other centers include: