Welcome to ISG

The development of functioning, accountable, and effective defense and security institutions is critical to enabling the long-term success of security cooperation and partner capability development and is foundational to the Institute for Security Governance (ISG). Located in Monterey, California, ISG was established in 2019 as a component of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and is the Department of Defense Center of Excellence for Institutional Capacity Building (ICB). -- Read More

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ISG wins SECDEF Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Security Forces – Ministerial Category

Posted: Nov 3, 2020

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) is humbled and proud to accept the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Security Forces in the Ministerial Category, for a second year in a row. The 2020 award recognizes ISG’s efforts with partners in the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) to build capacity to conduct Capability Based Assessments (CBAs) to strengthen the effectiveness of one our important Middle Eastern partners.

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ISG Maritime Security Program Conducts "Civil-Military Approaches to Maritime Security" Virtual Course

Posted: Oct 23, 2020

The Institute for Security Governance’s Maritime Security Program conducted a week-long “Civil-Military Approaches to Maritime Security” Course for 167 participants attending the Indonesian Navy Staff College (SESKOAL) in Jakarta from October 12-16.

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Opportunities with ISG

Posted: Sept 21, 2020

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) has a new opening in our faculty team. We are currently recruiting for a Faculty Associate – Education who will serve as ISG’s Communications and Outreach lead. Learn more about the position at the bottom of our "Working with Us" page.

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Continuation, Collaboration, and Reinvention: ISG in the Wake of COVID-19

2020: Quarter 4 - July 31, 2020
We’ve all been there: try as you might to get to the airport on time, traffic is backed up and-- sweaty, stressed, and deflated—you miss your flight. But few have been in the situation where that flight is the last one departing for your home country before borders are closed in response to a global pandemic.
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This two-page document provides a brief introduction to ISG as a leader and integrator in global institutional capacity building and includes information about what drives us, how we are organized, our approach to advising and education, and the areas in which we work. For more detailed information, go to the About the Institute and What We Do sections of this site.

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This catalog document provides an overview of ISG's unique course offerings that support our education and training objectives. For an interactive, online version of the course catalog, go to the E-Course Catalog section of this site.

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A copy of our FY21 resident course schedule appears at this link. This schedule is subject to change, so please check back for updates. For more information on events at ISG headquarters, visit the On Campus section of our website.


About Institutional Capacity Building

Wondering about the DSCA approach to institutional capacity building (ICB)? Check out this video from former DSCA Director LTG Charles Hooper, which covers why building ally and partner institutional capacity is critical to the success of US security cooperation efforts and what DSCA and ISG are doing to address ICB planning and execution. -- Watch Video here