The difference, however, in providing logistic support to APCSS is the inimitable set of dynamics in which the center operates.
On any given day the APCSS Supply Officer is briefing a three-star on one of any number of unique matters, negotiating Inter-Service Support Agreements, partnering with contracting commands from all services and multiple agencies, interacting with senior military or civilian fellows from across the region, managing millions of dollars worth of procurement actions, and shaping the very practices that will directly influence the policies that guide the business of relationship building.
Although hidden in plain sight, APCSS has come to rely on the varied talents the Navy Supply Corps brings to the Joint arena.
Each person leaves APCSS with more than just an education and a Rolodex; they take away an understanding of the big picture, which brings with it the willingness to reach out to their counterparts across the region in times of calm or crisis.
To date APCSS has graduated fellows who have later become cabinet ministers, chiefs of service, chiefs of defense, and even heads or vice-heads of state.
Moreover, with an annual operating budget roughly equal to the cost of a single Apache helicopter or F-16 fighter, APCSS is helping to increase a uniquely important security capacity--that of leaders.
Contributing to the formation of APCSS was Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye's realization in the early 1990s that a DOD institution based in Hawaii, directly supporting U.S.
These regional challenges give APCSS some strategic imperatives to focus its mission of educating and developing leaders to advance strategic communications and security cooperation.
APCSS continually strives to tailor courses and regional outreach events in direct support of emergent security policy priorities.
Additionally, APCSS responded in November 2005 when the Secretary of Defense identified security, stability, transition, and reconstruction operations as a mission area of priority equal to traditional combat, a major policy decision reflected in DOD Directive 3000.05 and the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.
APCSS and the other regional centers also stand to benefit from recent DOD strategic policy directives.
This type of policy change gives greater thrust to information-sharing and educational technology innovations already under way that will more effectively network alumni and other collaborative partners with APCSS and each other, providing greater capacity for strategic communication, predictive analysis, and crisis response.