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Oct 11, 2023


The Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s Institute for Security Governance (ISG) Ukraine Ministry of Defense Resident Advisor (MoDA) team was awarded the 2023 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award for Sustainment Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Military Forces, Ministerial category.

Through the stalwart efforts of the five MoDAs assigned to Ukraine, the MoDA Program Support team, and ISG’s Ukraine Regional Program Lead, the Department of Defense demonstrated unwavering U.S. commitment to Ukraine amidst a major Russian military offensive, delivering a wide spectrum of advice and assistance to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

The accomplishments recognized as a part of this effort were rooted in the following mission:

The primary objective of the ISG Ukraine team is to guide Security Cooperation (SC) engagement that directly supports partner nation improvements in security sector governance and core defense management competencies. Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) is one of several SC activities in DSCA’s full-spectrum approach to assist partner nations to successfully support our shared security objectives. To this end, the Ukraine Ministry of Defense Resident Advisors (MoDAs) provide critical subject matter expertise at the executive level within the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MoD), leveraging key relationships to identify institutional challenges or capability gaps, and facilitate our Ukrainian partner's problem-solving effort toward enduring solutions that build defense institutional capacity in support of our shared security interests.  

Read more about the award and more other recipients here.