Colonel Joseph H. Daves was U.S. Defense and Army Attaché to Indonesia from November 1998 to June 2003. He arrived in Jakarta six months after President Soeharto’s resignation and served as the senior U.S. military representative in Indonesia during the turbulent Reformasi Era, including the August 1999 East Timor consultation, the ensuing “scorched earth” campaign by Indonesian security forces, the nearly four-year sectarian civil war in Maluku, August 2002 ambush deaths of American citizens in Papua, the October 12, 2002 terrorist bombings in Bali, and the bloody separatist insurgency in Aceh. As principal advisor to the American Ambassador and Country Team, Colonel Daves was actively engaged with Indonesia’s top military and civilian leaders and travelled extensively throughout the archipelago.

Colonel Daves is a distinguished military graduate from Georgia Tech. As a company grade officer, he served in various field artillery, conventional ammunition and explosive ordnance disposal assignments in the U.S. and Korea. He completed training as a South Asia Foreign Area Officer in 1983, attended the Indian Defence Services Staff College in 1985 and worked as Assistant Army Attaché to India from 1989 to 1991. He commanded Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri from 1991 to 1993. In 1993-1994, he served on the Army Staff in the Pentagon, responsible for army munitions requirements and programs, before being selected as an Army War College Fellow assigned to the Atlantic Council of the United States. He received the CJCS Distinguished Essay Award on Military Strategy in 1995.

Before his assignment to Indonesia, Colonel Daves commanded the 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), a brigade level command activated after the First Gulf War to provide command and control to army explosive ordnance disposal units on a worldwide basis. His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, Parachutist Badge and Army Staff Badge.