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The Institute for Security Governance — situated within the Defense Security Cooperation University — is the Department of Defense’s Center of Excellence for Institutional Capacity Building (ICB). As a component of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), and one of its primary international Security Cooperation schoolhouses, ISG is charged with building partner institutional capacity and capability through tailored advising, education, and professional development programs grounded in American values and approaches. -- Read More

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ISG Turns Three

Posted: April 14, 2021

Over the past three years, ISG has strategically worked to align Institutional Capacity Building development, execution, and education within DSCA and DSCU. Today we celebrate this milestone with this brief snapshot of ISG’s FY21 accomplishments in the pursuit of advancing Security Cooperation. Click here to view the ISG Turns Three Infographic.

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Alumni Spotlight

Posted: Apr 4, 2022

Brigadier General Geraldine Janet George – the current Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) – is a female career soldier with extensive military leadership skills. To further hone those skills, she recently completed two Resident Courses at ISG headquarters in Monterey, CA: Executive Program in Defense Decision-making (January 2022) and Women In Strategic Defense & Security Decision-Making  (February 2022).

The ISG Heron: April 2022 Issue

Posted: April 4, 2021

In this issue of The ISG Heron: Institute Resident Advisors are congratulated for receiving the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, ISG welcomes new, key team members, ICB work around the world is highlighted, a Standing Ovation for an outstanding Advising Principal is given, and many more newsworthy developments.

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ISG Helps Oman’s Ability to Plan for Natural Disaster/Crisis Response

2022: Quarter 3 - May 16, 2022
The Institute of Security Governance (ISG) inaugurated an Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) program in Oman in 2020 meant to strengthen the Partner’s ability to maintain border security and respond to local and regional threats to security. Recently, ISG conducted a multi-week workshop in Muscat for 75 people across the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) and other Omani governmental ministries intended to develop the SAF’s operational planning capability. The workshop included a course on the joint planning process, combined with daily practical application using a disaster response planning scenario. Workshops like these provide the opportunity for Partner Nations to develop the capabilities to use a formalized planning process to address a myriad of threats.
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Introduction to ISG Primer

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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ICB Smart Sheets

ISG has developed a series of concise papers, or Smart Sheets, designed to inform USG stakeholders and partner institutions about specific Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) functional or issue areas. Each sheet presents the specific challenge faced, the current state of the field, the role ICB plays in resolving the challenge, and provides ICB best practice recommendations.

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Course Catalog

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 Schoolhouse Information Hub section of this site.

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About Institutional Capacity Building

Wondering about the approach of DSCA and its components to institutional capacity building (ICB)? Check out this video, which explains how ICB encompasses Security Cooperation activities and directly supports ally and partner nations; how DSCA manages and executes ICB initiatives; and how building capacity extends beyond the provision of defense articles and services to ensure full-spectrum capabilities. — Watch Video here