The INDPAC series was established in 2013 as an ongoing strategy focused and issues inspired forum for the PACIFIC series of events.
INDPAC Littoral 2019 has been developed by Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited with renowned strategic affairs analyst and naval affairs expert Dr. Alexey D. Muraviev, Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Perth’s Curtin University.
Prof. Muraviev is a member of the Australian Member Committee, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region (AU-CSCAP), member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) and a founder and manager of the IndPac series on maritime policy and strategy. He has published widely on matters of national and international security and advises members of state and federal governments on foreign policy and national security matters.
“The evolving littoral realities are paramount to national security of the majority if not all members of the Indo-Asia-Pacific community,” he said. “Over the past decade the spectrum of threats in the littoral has grown and matured. Besides well recognised asymmetric threats such as maritimised crime, border security, environmental challenges and other a new strategic challenge is on the horizon – asymmetric naval warfare. IndPac Littoral offers a platform to improve situational awareness and identify effective solutions on how to counter this growing spectrum of threats challenges. This forum is a must for representatives of littoral nations, naval, border force, police and customs personnel, PRIMES and SMEs responsible for design and manufacturing of multi-domain capability suitable for littoral operations, security consultants and academics with interests in maritime security and defence.”
Karsten von Hoesslin
Karsten von Hoesslin stems from an intelligence background and specialises in HUMINT (Human Intelligence) infiltration and investigative methodologies, which are derived from his PhD studies. He also holds a Masters in Strategic Studies and a BA in Political Science and History. He is the Head Detective of the Remote Operations Agency.
Karsten is also a Response Consultant and commanded the marine component for the hostage rescue of the highest ransom case in Somali pirate history (Smyrni case). He also has ample experience in field operations in South East Asia where he tracks and locates hijacked vessels and criminal syndicates. Karsten investigates cold cases (unsolved mysteries) ranging from homicide to environmental crimes in order to ensure that suspects can be brought to justice. Karsten solved the infamous 'Murder at Sea' case, which depicted a series of killings in a YouTube video that went viral and was featured in National Geographic's Lawless Oceans.
Karsten is trained and experienced in hostage negotiation and crisis intervention including psychological first aid and post-traumatic stress reduction techniques and is also trained in forensic crime scene investigation behavioural profiling as well as interviewing and interrogation techniques. He is an instructor in remote medical major incident management conduct after capture as well as disaster preparedness emphasising medical psychological, and small team deployments.
Karsten is also trained in SWAT and tactical medicine and is a Paramedic candidate with currently an EMT-level certification. Karsten has also been part of special medical teams in Nigeria providing assistance to Boko Haram victims and has also provided support in post-disaster environments including Typhoon Yolanda. He has liaised with government agencies on forensics relating to organised crime in both Asia and East Africa and conducts extensive Medical Intelligence surveys in both ports and remote high-risk environments.
Karsten has also been featured in numerous media outlets as an expert including National Geographic, Time, New York Times, Huffington Post, People, the Diplomat, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera, The Straits Times and Playboy Magazine.
Vice Admiral, (JMSDF), Retired
Vice Admiral Koda is a graduate of Japan Defense Academy (1972), JMSDF Staff College, and the U.S. Naval War College. As a surface officer, he took commanded of JS Sawayuki (DD-125), Destroyer Flotilla Three and Fleet Escort Force at sea. His shore duty includes Director General (DG) for Plans and Operations, Maritime Staff and DG Joint Staff as well as Commandant JMSDF Sasebo District. He retired from JMSDF as Commander in Chief, Self-Defense Fleet, in 2008. Then, he was invited to Asia-Center, Harvard University as a research fellow on Chinese Naval Strategy from June 2009 to July 2011.
He is a proficient writer on maritime affairs and military history. His recent articles include: “The Russo-Japanese War: Primary Causes of Japanese Success,” U.S. Naval War College, “Japanese Perspective on China’s Rise as a Naval Power,” Harvard Asia Quarterly, “A New Carrier Race: Strategy, Force Planning and JS Hyuga,” U.S. Naval War College, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Responding to China’s A2/AD Threat,” Center for New American Security, and “Maritime Security in the Region: SCS and ECS as Key Arenas for Converging Political Interests,” Asia Pacific Review, Institute for International Policy Studies. He contributed to Refighting the Pacific War: Alternative History of World War II (U.S. Naval Institute Press). He coauthored Maritime Strategy and National Security in Japan and Britain (Leiden and Boston, Global Oriental).
He had served as an advisor to National Security Secretariat of GOJ until March 2016.
Brigadier Ian Langford
DSC and Bars
Brigadier Langford joined the Australian Anny in 1992 and has held a range of command and staff appointments in the Anny during his career. Brigadier Langford has served as the Commanding Officer, 2nd Commando Regiment, and has commanded multiple Special Operations Task Groups in Afghanistan, Iraq, and domestic counter-terrorism duties. He has served in Australia's Joint Operations Command, Special Operations Headquarters, and as the Plans Officer in Army's Forces Command Headquarters. Recently, Brigadier Langford led the Chief of Army's Initiative Group and assumed the role Director-General of Future Land Warfare, Army Headquarters, in December 2018.
Brigadier Langford's operational service includes multiple deployments to Timor Leste and Afghanistan, and single deployments to Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and the South-West Pacific. For his service, Brigadier Langford has been awarded several Australian commendations, and the Distinguished Service Cross on three occasions.
Brigadier Langford is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Warfighting. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Management, a Master of Arts, a Master of Defence Studies and a Master of Strategic Studies. He has been published in multiple service journals and as an independent author, and is currently undertaking PhD studies.