Mr. Dan "Fig" Leaf
Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
Dan "Fig" Leaf the Managing Director of Phase Minus 1, LLC, a company he formed with Dr. Alaa Murabit in 2017. He has worked with leaders of every Indo-Asia-Pacific nation except North Korea. His key focus areas include peace on the Korean Peninsula, conflict resolution, effective governance, strategic leadership, and Women, Peace & Security. He is a decorated combat fighter pilot and general officer, an experienced defense industry executive, and most recently was the Director, Daniel K. Inouye Asia- Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu from 2012 through 2016.
DKI APCSS is a Department of Defense academic institute that promotes cooperation on regional and global security issues through executive education courses and workshops. He worked in the defense industry as Vice President for Strategic Iniatives at Northrop Grumman Information Systems from 2008-2012. Formerly the Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), Lt. Gen. Leaf retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2008 after more than 33 years of service. He was a command pilot with more than 3,600 flight hours, including F-15 and F-16 combat missions.
Fig's Indo-Asia-Pacific experience includes his time at U. S. Pacific Command, a previous tour of duty at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, four years of duty assignments in both Korea and Japan, and temporary military duty across the region. As a civilian, he worked as a national exercise senior observer for USPACOM, and at Northrop Grumman gained industry experience with several Asia-Pacific customers. His awards include the 2017 Oslo Forum Peacewriter Prize for his essay on North Korea, Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and the Air Medal.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and the Leadership Council of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution.