Executive Team

Our Team

Executive Team

Leadership at the executive level is comprised of a group that has extensive multi-national  defense and security experience in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Lawrence Monaco currently serves as the CAPS Chief of Staff. Prior to joining CAPS, he served over 20 years in the United States Air Force as a linguistics specialist, and the United States Forces Korea (USFK) as a Logistics Management Specialist.


Board of Directors

The board of directors is a diverse group of senior experts, all with extensive first-hand knowledge and direct engagement with the Asia Pacific region.

Major General (Ret.) Urs Gerber is the president of the Foundation Council of the Swiss Armed Forces’ Historic Material Foundation. He is co-chairing the Annual Senior Officers Seminar (ASOS) on leadership and crisis management at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). MG Gerber represents the Swiss Armed Forces on the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS).

Chairman of the Board, Switzerland

Major General (Ret.) Chang served as the ROK Chief of Staff of the Army Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Operations 1 of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From 2012 to 2013, he served as commander of the 51st Infantry Division. In 2014, he served as Chief of Staff of the FROKA(1st ROK Army). In 2015, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff of the UNC MAC following his assignment as the CFC’s Deputy Chief of Operations.

Board of Directors, Republic of Korea

Brigadier (Ret.) Andrew Cliffe currently works as an executive consultant and program director for a global infrastructure and project management company. He works at the interface between public and private sectors helping to recover distressed defense programs. His particular forte is developing collaborative relationships.

Board of Directors, United Kingdom

The Hon. Philip Dalidakis was a Member of the Victorian Parliament from 2014 to 2019 and served as Victoria’s Minister for Innovation & the Digital Economy, Trade & Investment and Small Business from July 2015 to December 2018. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Board of Directors, Australia

Mrs. Hee-Eun Kim established the Center for Asia Pacific Strategy in 2020 to fill a need for focused support of multinational alliances and coalitions in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to founding CAPS, Mrs. Kim worked for the United Nations Command in Seoul, Korea as the Deputy Director of Political-Military Engagement.20

CAPS Founder, president & ceo

Mr. Lawrence Monaco currently serves as the CAPS Chief of Staff. Prior to joining CAPS, he served over 20 years in the United States Air Force as a linguistics specialist, and the United States Forces Korea (USFK) as a Logistics Management Specialist.


Advisory Board

The CAPS advisory board provides a wide range of voices and perspectives to our mission and priorities.

Jay L Batongbacal is a lawyer with degrees in Political Science and Law from the University of the Philippines, as well as advanced degrees of Master of Marine Management and Doctor in the Science of Law. Presently, he is a full Professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law. He is concurrently Director of the Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea of the U.P. Law Center.

Advisory Board, Philippines

Dr. Yong–Seung Dong studied North Korean economy and inter-Korean relations at the Samsung Economic Research Institute from 1989 to July 2015, and served as the head of the economic security team. And he served also as the advisor of Blue House in Kim Dae-jung, Rho Moo-hyun, and Lee Moung-bak government. Currently, he is the director of Good Farmers (NGO).

Advisory Board, Republic of Korea

Major General (Ret.) Hurley was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He spent the next 32 years in various positions of increasing responsibility, culminating his service as a Major General. As a General Officer, Mr. Hurley served in numerous leadership roles around the world, and throughout the Asia Pacific region.

advisory board, USA

Mr. Tim Hwang is currently the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote. The company owns media and news company CQ Roll Call Group, which it acquired from The Economist Group in 2018 and creates a technology platform that combines award-winning journalism along with products and services that provide access to large quantities of data, news, and analysis for all levels of government.

Advisory Board, USA

Major General (Ret.) Lukeman retired from active duty on July 1, 2020 after 40 years of continuous active service.MG Lukeman’s assignments in the operating forces included Executive Officer of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines; and Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division. He commanded 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines and served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-7 and G-3 for the 1st Marine Division in Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Advisory Board, USA

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Jerry Martinez recently completed a 33-year distinguished career in the United States Air Force. He was the Commander of US Forces Japan, and also served as the senior US officer in the Netherlands, working with 28 NATO countries, where he developed NATO responses to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, as well as oversaw operations of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Advisory Board, USA

Colonel (Ret.) Maxwell is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a Senior Fellow at the Global Peace Foundation(where he focuses on civil society support to a free and unified Korea), and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Asia Pacific Strategy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Small Wars Journal. He is a 30-year veteran of the US Army, retiring as a Special Forces Colonel and has worked in Asia for more than over 30 years, primarily in Korea, Japan, and the Philippines.

Advisory Board, USA

Professor C Raja Mohan is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies. Earlier, Professor Mohan was Professor of South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Professor Mohan is one of India’s leading commentators on India’s foreign policy.

Advisory Board, India

H.E. Michael Reiterer is the former ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the European Union to the Republic of Korea (2017-2020) and the former ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, Bern (2007-2011). Currently, Mr. Reiterer is a Distinguished Professor in International Security and Diplomacy at the Institute for European Studies, Vrie Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Advisory Board, Austria

Vice Admiral Robert Thomas retired from the U.S. Navy in January 2017 after 38 years of Naval Service. He then accepted an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow with the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). He is also a full time faculty member at UC San Diego’s Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS).

Advisory Board, USA

Group Captain (Ret.) Williams served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)in a multitude of flying, staff, and command roles over the next 31 years. With a pedigree in military aviation and further education including two Master’s degrees, his experience has included command at all levels, the inception of new formations in the Australian Air Force, combat operations, and humanitarian missions.

Advisory Board, Australia

Dr. Tuong Vu is the head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Oregon. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University and the National University of Singapore. He is the founder and director of the US-Vietnam Research Center. His research has focused on the comparative politics of state formation, development, and revolutions in East and Southeast Asia.

Advisory Board, USA


Heidi Lansing

Policy Researcher

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