Welcome to ISG

The Institute for Security Governance — situated within the Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) International School of Education and Advising (ISEA) — 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 Workshop Prepares the Montana National Guard for their State Partnership Program with Sri Lanka

Posted: Sep 7, 2021

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) conducted a workshop in support of the newly established state partnership between the Montana National Guard (MTNG) and Sri Lanka at the Helena Armed Forces Reserve Center (HAFRC).

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ISG Engages with the Prime Minister of Kosovo

Posted: August 25, 2021

During its first in-country engagement since the start of the pandemic, an Institute for Security Governance (ISG) team conducted a week-long engagement from August 9-13 in Pristina, Kosovo. The engagement, led by ISG Europe Regional Program Lead Eric Leyde, was focused on further developing the Kosovar Ministry of Defense and increasing the operational capacities of the Kosovo Security Force. 

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World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Posted: July 30, 2021

In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared 30 July World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Since then, relevant agencies, states, and civilians have observed this day each year to raise awareness about human trafficking, and to promote and protect the rights of its victims. ISG joins in acknowledging World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. 

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That's a Wrap: ISG Completes its Operational Planning Project in Hungary

2021: Quarter 4 - September 2, 2021
A team from the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) traveled to Budapest, Hungary in late July to conclude its two-year project on operational planning with the Hungarian Defense Forces Command (HDFC).
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Printable Materials


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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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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.


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