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Announcing the Institute for Security Governance

Posted: Apr 11, 2019
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Announcing the Institute for Security Governance (ISG), established 14 April 2019 by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the Department of Defense’s lead agency for the execution and management of security cooperation programs.

With security cooperation (SC) increasingly focused on strengthening allies and enabling partners, the development of functioning, accountable, and effective defense and security institutions is a critical focus across the SC enterprise and is deeply embedded into ISG’s new mission. The expanded mission of ISG is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy through the application of programs and activities that enhance partners’ institutional capabilities to address shared security challenges.  This organization will augment the SC enterprise, further align Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) innovation and leadership, and maximize DSCA’s capacity and flexibility to execute its mission as mandated by Congress and the Secretary of Defense.

ISG will maintain its facilities on the campus of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, continuing a close and mutually supportive relationship with the school.  The new organization will inherit and integrate title 10 and title 22 activities previously executed by the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR), Defense Governance and Management Team (DGMT) and the International Defense Acquisition and Resource Management (IDARM) program. CCMR/DGMT/IDARM activities for fiscal years 2019/2020 will be executed by ISG, and the organization will engage with all relevant sponsors and stakeholders concerning any future adjustments.  ISG is expected to reach full operating capacity by 1 October 2019.

The key vision for ISG is to establish an organization with greater flexibility to develop, execute, and shape the ICB mission with the Department, and eventually serve as an ICB Center of Excellence.  DSCA and ISG will engage with stakeholders after the transition to continue refining how ISG contributes to full-spectrum security cooperation. 

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