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The Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) Institute for Security Governance (ISG) is the Department of Defense’s leading implementer for Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) and one of its primary international schoolhouses. As a component of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), ISG is charged with building partner institutional capacity and capability through tailored advising, education, and professional development programs grounded in American values and approaches.
WELCOME IAN WEXLER
The Institute for Security Governance would like to extend a warm welcome to ISG’s new Director, Ian S. Wexler.
Mr. Wexler comes to ISG by way of our DSCU’s sister component, the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS). Under Mr. Wexler’s leadership, DIILS continued to thrive through a highly dynamic period, sustaining global mission execution during the substantial constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic
SOMALIA ICB ENGAGEMENT ON OPERATIONAL READINESS
DSCU’s Institute for Security Governance – with the support of the Office of Security Cooperation Somalia – recently concluded an Institutional Capacity Building engagement focused on operational readiness in Somalia. This series of workshops are part of a program meant to support the Somalia Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the Somalia National Armed Forces (SNAF) in developing an operational readiness reporting process for personnel, equipment, critical supplies, and training. Partner nation participation for this workshop crossed all echelons of command, from MoD to the Danab Brigade. Further, this iteration marked the first time that the Somalia Navy participated in the ISG workshop series.
SENEGAL ICB ADVISING ON MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICER CADRE
DSCU’s Institute for Security Governance (ISG) recently concluded a successful ICB engagement in Dakar, Senegal, comprising a Key Leader Engagement with the Armed Forces of Senegal (FAS) to support development of a military intelligence officer cadre. This engagement supported ongoing security enhancements for an important West African partner to counter piracy, non-state terrorist organizations, and other threats to regional security.
NMI PRESENTS ISG REPORT ON CYBERSECURITY THREATS IN IRAQ TO IRAQI PRESIDENT
During a recent meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mr. Mohamed Shia’ Al-Sudani, the commander of the NATO mission in Iraq, General Jose Antonio Martinez, and his accompanying delegation presented him with the final report assessing current cybersecurity threats in Iraq. The report was developed by the Institute of Security Governance Cyber Team following its engagement with cyber and information technology leaders in the Iraq Ministry of Defense, the Iraq Armed Forces, the Critical Infrastructure Sector relevant to military operations, and national agencies responsible for country-wide cyber defense.
INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING FOR LOGISTICS COURSE
The most recent Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) for Logistics Resident Course at ISG Headquarters in Monterey, California recently concluded. Course participants represented a diverse group of senior military and civilian administrative logistics leaders from several countries around the world to include Zambia, Slovenia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Croatia, Senegal, Trinidad & Tobago, The Bahamas, and Mexico.
The ICB for Logistics Course focused on increasing allied and partner nation’s understanding/ability to develop and implement logistics institutions based on normative and institutional values, subsequently improving their levels of interoperability in support of various geopolitical alliances.
ISG AND DIILS MARSHALL ISLANDS MARSEC
Members from all the Republic of the Marshall Islands agencies working in the maritime space recently partnered with the Defense Security Cooperation University’s Institute for Security Governance and the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, along with support from U.S. Coast Guard District 14 and U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia Sector Guam, for a bilateral Maritime Domain Awareness Tabletop Exercise in Majuro.
The exercise was scenario driven and aimed to identify challenges as well as best practices for sharing of maritime information in a timely and effective manner.
ISG FACILITATES SEMINAL SOUTH ASIA REGIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE EXERCISE AND EXCHANGE
The first South Asia Regional Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (DREE) ended successfully with the closing ceremony at the end of July at the National Guard Headquarters in Guam. Guam’s governor, the Honorable Lou Leon Guerrero, served as the keynote speaker.
The themes of the eight-day exercise were regional cooperation, civil-military integration, and coordinated Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response for disasters in South Asia. The event was sponsored by the United States Army Pacific (USARPAC).
INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING (ICB) ENGAGEMENT WITH KOSOVO
The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) Emergency Management and Resilience (EM&R) team supported a Kosovo-led inter-agency working group review and update of Kosovo’s National Response Plan (NRP). While completing revisions to the NRP, the working group identified use of a National Response Framework (NRF) as an EM best practice, and determined to develop an NRF for Kosovo as a strategic goal. Kosovo will use the revised NRP as its EM construct in the interim after formal approval and while developing the NRF. The Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) views this strategy as progress toward reform and good governance.
BUILDING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY IN THE MARITIME SECURITY SECTOR
Congratulations to the latest cohort of the Institute for Security Governance’s four-week resident course in beautiful Monterey, California: Building Institutional Capacity in the Maritime Security Sector. Maritime security practitioners and decision-makers learned how to better understand current and emerging threats. This course demonstrates current operational doctrine, organization, and global best practices for the planning and execution processes required to protect a nation’s territorial seas and exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
CIVIL MILITARY RESPONSES TO TERRORISM
The Civil-Military Responses to Terrorism course recently concluded at the Institute for Security Governance with another cohort of participants from around the globe.
This course provides a thorough understanding of terrorism in all its forms, with considerable emphasis on strategy formulation and international cooperation. The program uses case studies and a tabletop exercise to stimulate thoughtful discussion, thus providing participants with the insight needed by decision makers and their advisors to design successful strategies that defeat terrorist networks, protect citizens and property, and address the root causes of terrorism.
ICB AT WORK WITH UZBEKISTAN
DSCU’s Institute for Security Governance (ISG), in collaboration with the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) and the Mississippi National Guard (MSNG), recently hosted visits from Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan Human Resource Management (HRM) leaders at various HRM installations in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Highlights of the visit included observation of a senior NCO selection and assignments board; a visit to Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) New Orleans; a visit to the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center; a visit to the Mississippi Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot (AVCRAD) and the 1108th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group (TASMG);
ISG ENGAGEMENT WITH SLOVAK AIR FORCE
DSCU’s Institute for Security Governance (ISG) recently engaged with leaders from the Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic and Slovak Air Force Headquarters.
The ISG team was accompanied by members from the Indiana Air National Guard (State Partnership Program), United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), and the USAF F-16 Program Office.
The team discussed approaches to the integration of new F-16s into the Slovak Air Force as well as incorporating best practices from the Slovak UH-60 program.
ISG looks forward to continuing its valuable and beneficial cooperation with Slovak partners.
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MATERIALS AT A GLANCE
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.
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.
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.
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