Linwood Ham - Institute for Security Governance
Faculty, Innovation & Learning Division
Mr. Linwood Ham is the resource planning lead for the Institute for Security Governance (ISG). In this role, he manages ISG interaction with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) headquarters, DC stakeholders, and subject matter expert providers in support of ISG activities overseas. Mr. Ham is also the partnerships lead, facilitating critical organizational relationships between ISG and others in the institutional capacity building and security sector governance spaces.
Prior to joining ISG in October 2017, Mr. Ham worked for three and a half years at the US Institute of Peace (USIP), where he led inter-organizational projects on addressing fragile states, understanding the risks to US front line diplomats and development professionals, and UN peacekeeping reform. He previously completed a 15-month consultancy with Development Alternatives, Incorporated (DAI) as a security sector and citizen security advisor. Mr. Ham served over 24 years in the US Army, with more than 12 years of experience in developing, executing and assessing national policy directives, US Department of Defense (DoD) strategies and plans, and US Department of State (DOS) strategies and plans. He was the senior military advisor to the DOS Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in 2011 and 2012. He previously served as the chief of the US Office of Defense Coordination in the US Embassy in Mexico City from 2009-2011. Additionally he served as the Cuba and Venezuela country director in the Office of Secretary of Defense from 2005-2008, the security assistance officer in the US Embassy in Colombia from 2002-2005, and the Southern Command plans officer at XVIII Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 2000-2001.
Mr. Ham received a BS (concentration in International Affairs) from the US Military Academy and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College resident program, to include earning the Strategist designation upon completion, and the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies. He was also a US Army War College Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Mr. Ham is fluent in Spanish.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Security & Defense Policy & Strategy
- Interagency Coordination
- Security & Defense Planning
- Latin America