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's EM&R Team Hosts Virtual Workshop with Serbia Focused on Foreign Disaster Assistance

Posted: Mar 19, 2021

ISG's Emergency Management and Resilience (EM&R) team conducted a virtual workshop in support of partnership with the Republic of Serbia from 10-11 March 2021. This workshop was the first in a series of two this year with the focus on emergency management arrangements and cooperation mechanisms between various ministries, agencies, and organizations for the receipt and/or delivery of international disaster assistance.

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ISG Engages India: Yudh Abhyas 2020 Gets Off to Late, but Successful, Start

Posted: Mar 18, 2021

An ISG team led by Bob Tomasovic successfully supported the 16th iteration of Yudh Abhyas 2020 (YA20) (a bilateral exercise between the armies of India and the US) from 8-20 February 2021 in Rajasthan, India. The Command Post Exercise (CPX), built on the mutual, strategic objective to strengthen the alliance between the US and India, sought to enhance the level of defense cooperation among both armies, enable security cooperation efforts, foster bilateral relations, and reiterate India’s critical role as a key partner in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Thomas-Durell Young Examines the Challenges of Defining and Executing Capabilities-Based Planning Systems in New Article

Posted: Mar 10, 2021

Thomas-Durell Young, Senior Lecturer in European civil-military relations with the Education and Professional Practice (EPP) Division of the Institute for Security Governance (ISG), recently published an article titled "Capabilities-Based 'Confusion': Why Capabilities-Based Planning Systems Struggle" in The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis on the complexities of defining, implementing, and measuring the success of capabilities-based planning systems.

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A&C’s Successful Transition to Virtual Engagements

2021: Quarter 2 - March 30, 2021
The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caught us all by surprise, but ISG’s Advising & Consulting (A&C) team adapted quickly. After realizing that the COVID-19 environment would interrupt in-person engagements for an unspecified amount of time, the team transitioned to virtual engagements almost immediately upon the onset of the pandemic and the corresponding travel restrictions.
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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 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