Biography

Lieutenant Colonel (promotable) Jason J. Kim is a U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer (FAO) specializing in the Indo-Pacific. Jason has extensive international engagement and political-military experience working with allies and partners throughout this region. His key FAO assignments include serving as the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Liaison Officer to the Republic of Korea Army, Country Director for Japan, Korea, India, and Vietnam at U.S. Army Pacific, Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific, and Deputy Chief, Joint-U.S. Military Affairs Group – Korea (JUSMAG-K), U.S. Embassy Seoul. Jason most recently completed duties as the Branch Chief overseeing operations with 24 U.S. Embassy Security Cooperation Offices in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate (J5), U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, including work on Taiwan defense. His research interests include security cooperation, security assistance, arms transfers, the defense industrial base, and ally and partner capability development.

Prior to designation as a FAO, Jason served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps in a variety of positions including Platoon Leader, Operations Officer, Company Commander, Emergency Operations Center Officer-in-Charge, and Police Operations Advisor (Operation IRAQI FREEDOM). Jason was one of the first military police commanders to implement active shooter response training as well as integrate California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements for his unit. Jason continues to take a keen interest in public safety and law enforcement issues.

His military education includes Military Police Officer Basic and Career Courses, Law Enforcement Senior Leaders Course, Protective Services Detail Training Course, Command and General Staff Officer Course, Army Security Cooperation Planners Course, Defense Security Cooperation Manager Overseas Course, and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned in 2003, and a master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Japan and Korea from the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), University of California San Diego in 2012. He currently serves as President of the GPS Alumni Board.

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