The firm's name - Phase Minus 1 - refers to its unique philosophical approach to solving complex problems of global security and peace.
In the United States, military planning begins with a so-called "Phase 0". This phase refers to a dangerous status-quo necessitating a plan of conflict. From here, the subsequent phases (1 through X) run the gamut of war through to post-conflict reconstruction.
As a senior military leader reviewing such plans, Dan Leaf would regularly pose a question to his staff: “Where is Phase Minus 1?”
Dan's philosphy follows that military planning ought to include options for changing circumstances to significantly reduce or eliminate potential for conflict.
Militaries are organized to plan for worst case scenarios. What is missing is planning to achieve the best case.
Dan "Fig" Leaf is a highly accomplished leader with a distinguished military career spanning over 33 years in the U.S. Air Force. Beyond his military service, he is recognized for his outstanding capabilities as a leader, communicator, and facilitator, making significant contributions to global peace, diplomacy, conflict resolution, and dialogue.
Throughout his career, Dan has excelled in leveraging his extensive expertise to promote positive change in international diplomacy, exemplified by his role as Director of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS). His commitment to advancing peace and security on a global scale has positioned him as a key proponent of dialogue and collaboration.
Dan has a broad range of professional international experience, including overseas military stations, defense industry visits, and security outreach, including to the following nations:
Japan, China, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Australia, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Fiji, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nepal, Palau, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vietnam, Vanuatu
United States, Canada, Colombia, Argentina, Jamaica, Chile, Brazil
Europe, Middle East & Africa
Italy, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Germany, Jordan, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Dan can consult on effective governance strategies, helping governments and institutions improve their leadership, policies, and overall governance practices.
Consulting on international relations and diplomacy, Dan can assist governments in building strong partnerships and fostering diplomatic ties.
Dan's expertise in conflict resolution and peacebuilding makes him a valuable consultant for organizations and governments seeking to resolve conflicts, mediate disputes, and promote peace.
Business coaching services with Dan offers tailored guidance and strategies, enhancing executive leadership within global organizations operating across diverse cross-cultural landscapes.
As a strategic leader himself, Dan can provide guidance on leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and decision-making processes.
Dan can help organizations create effective strategic plans, assess risks, and develop mitigation strategies to achieve their objectives.
Leveraging his background in the military and defense, Dan can offer insights on developing national security strategies, assessing threats, and advising on policy decisions.
Dan's insights can be invaluable in assessing a nation's defense technology and preparedness, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and recommending improvements.