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Main Office

Box 64028
Camp H.M. Smith, HI 96861-4028

TEL: (808) 477-7602
FAX: (808) 477-7607

Individual Contacts:  

Director, Foreign Policy Advisor
James A. Carouso
(808) 477-6303

Deputy Director,
Mr. Andrew Ou
(808) 477-7617

Assistant Foreign Policy Advisor
Mr. Anton Wishik
(808) 477-9155

Staff Action Specialist
Rachel Yasui
(808) 477-7601



Advises USINDOPACOM on the foreign policy implications of his military responsibilities. This includes ensuring that military objectives are in harmony with U.S. political goals, promptly advising of potential problems, recommending steps to strengthen political-military ties with allies and friends in the region, and the preparation of USINDOPACOM for meetings with senior foreign and U.S. leaders. Also includes helping to formulate strategic goals for USINDOPACOM to deal with the changing security environment in the Asia/Pacific region.

Accompanies USINDOPACOM on foreign travels throughout the Pacific and Indian Ocean region, as well as some trips to Washington, D.C., to provide policy support.

Serves as intermediary and focal point for USINDOPACOM's interaction with the Department of State and 55 embassies and diplomatic posts in the region. Maintains extensive contacts at the Department of State to ensure USINDOPACOM's views on important political/military trends in Asia/Pacific receive due consideration in interagency policy deliberations.

Provides policy support for the implementation of USINDOPACOM's Cooperative Engagement strategy to use unique military resources of USPACOM to advance U.S. influence and access in the Pacific. Also serves on USINDOPACOM's Battle Staff for simulated war games and furnishes advice on key aspects of the Command's war plans.

Advises on personal messages, memoranda, speeches, toasts and correspondence for USINDOPACOM. Also edits/clears texts of congressional testimonies, point papers, strategy papers/studies, and foreign policy messages for USINDOPACOM.

Participates in visits and key briefings of senior level foreign and U.S. visitors to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

Maintains familiarity with the economic, political and diplomatic realities affecting the 41 nations in the USINDOPACOM area.

Maintains close and regular contact with private elements outside the command to stay abreast of political, economic and military trends in the Asia/Pacific strategic environment in order to keep USINDOPACOM keenly informed.

(as of September 2019)


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