Contributors

GEN. (RET.) EMMANUEL T. BAUTISTA served as the 44th chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was awarded four outstanding achievement medals, 29 military merit medals and several military commendation medals, and he received an outstanding alumni award from the Philippine Military Academy as well as from the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration. In June 2014, he was awarded the University of the Philippines Distinguished Alumni Award for Peace and Social Cohesion. Soon after his retirement from the Armed Forces, Bautista was appointed as undersecretary at the Office of the President of the Philippines. Featured on Page 16


KATHRYN BOTTO is the executive director of the Youth Diplomacy and Language Institute, a nonprofit focused on providing foreign language education to elementary school students in the U.S. and South Korea. She is a former research associate in the Commander’s Strategic Initiatives Group, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea. She recently completed a Fulbright grant in South Korea, during which time she received a master’s degree in International Security and Foreign Affairs from Yonsei University. Featured on Page 22


Maj. Edwin Chua of the Singapore Armed Forces served from May 2016 to July 2017 in the Singapore Ministry of Defence, where he helped set up the Defence Cyber Organisation. His prior appointments include staff officer (force transformation) in the Army General Staff and company and platoon commander in an infantry battalion. Chua recently attended the Command and Staff College at Marine Corps University in the United States.  Featured on Page 28


CMDR. WILLIAM RIES leads the Operational Strategies branch of the Border Management Division, Australian Border Force (ABF). He joined the ABF in July 2015 shortly after its establishment. Previously, he served the Attorney-General’s Department for 12 years in roles related to investigations, operational support, governance and international engagement. He had a 21-year career in the Army prior to entering public service, serving in a variety of roles in Australia, the United States, Europe and Timor-Leste. He retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel in 2003.   Featured on Page 40


Dr. Deon V. Canyon is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. He contributed an article on special operations command opportunities that was written with his colleagues Dr. Paul Lieber, Joint Special Operations University at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida; Michael Mollohan, Special Operations Command Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii; and Dr. Eric Shibuya, Marine Corps University Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. Featured on Page 44