About the Institute
Herons appear at ISG headquarters regularly, using the nearby Lake Del Monte as their hunting grounds.
About the Institute
Mission
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Advance national security and foreign policy objectives by building partner institutional capabilities and enhancing the approach and conduct of institutional capacity building to address security challenges

Vision
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Promote and advance American values, interests, and objectives through the development, integration, and advancement of the field and practice of institutional capacity building

Our Structure

Established in April 2019, ISG is a component of the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) and directly supports the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) mission of advancing US national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. As the Department of Defense’s lead implementer for Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) internationally and within the US, ISG's mission and vision are to further align ICB innovation, leadership, and objectives to maximize DSCA's capacity and flexibility to execute its mission as mandated by Congress and the Secretary of Defense.

 

Dark blue map of the outline of the continental United States with a thin, light blue outline. Dark blue outlines of Alaska and Hawaii appear in lower left corner with a thin, light blue outline. Five brightly colored dots appear on the map to highlight specific cities in white text and the acronyms of the institutions located there in gold text above the name of the city. From left to right the acronyms of the institutions and the cities are ISG (gold text), Monterey, California (gold dot); DSCU West (gold text), Dayton, Ohio (white dot); DSCA (gold text), Arlington, Virginia (white dot); DSCU National Capital Region (NCR) (gold text), Arlington, Virginia (light blue dot); and Newport, Rhode Island (sea foam green dot). On top of the map is a flow chart. Different colored cells are arranged from top to bottom in the flow chart in order to demonstrate a hierarchy with four levels. At the top of the flow chart is a light blue cell with a green outline. Within the cell is the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) logo and a dark blue text label denoting the "Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)." The light blue color corresponds with the color of the light blue dot on the United States map marking DSCA in Arlington, Virginia. Beneath the DSCA cell on the second level of the hierarchy is a grey cell with a green outline. Within the cell is the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) logo and a dark blue text label denoting the "Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU)." The grey color corresponds with the color of the two grey dots on the United States map marking DSCU West in Dayton, Ohio and DSCU National Capital Region (NCR) in Arlington, Virginia. All three of the top cells are connected to the top-level DSCA cell with a bright green line. Beneath the DSCU cell on the third level of the hierarchy is a green cell. Within the cell is a dark blue text label denoting "International School of Education and Advising (ISEA)." Beneath the ISEA cell is the fourth level of the hierarchy, featuring two cells distributed horizontally across the screen, but on the same vertical level. Both cells are connected to the ISEA cell by a bright green dotted line. The left cell is a gold color with dark blue text reading "Institute for Security Governance (ISG)." Within the cell is the ISG logo. The gold color corresponds with the color of the gold dot on the United States map marking ISG in Monterey, California. The right cell is a sea foam green color with dark blue text reading "Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS)." The sea foam green color of the cell corresponds with the color of the sea foam green dot on the United States map marking DIILS in Newport, Rhode Island.

Our Symbols

Get to know the bold and bright ISG logo by hovering over the list of elements at right. Each component of this key symbol reveals a little more about the ideals and standards that guide our work.

Rope

The rope illustrates the binding ties that result from effective and continuing partnership.
Golden rope that circles the ISG logo

Rings

The green ring signifies land and amphibious forces and the blue ring indicates sea and air forces, epitomizing a strong defense for the United States and our partners.
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Stars

The gold stars indicate excellence in implementing the ISG mission.
A gold star from the logo

Sphere

The sphere represents ISG's global reach, while the light blue color signifies the US Department of Defense.
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Sleeves

The military and civilian detail on the sleeves expresses civil-military relations and military professionalization. This detail serves as an acknowledgement of the ISG mission and a tribute to our history as the Center for Civil-Military Relations.
Military and civilian sleeves

Hands

The handshake stands for new and enduring partnerships built each day by the ISG team.

Torch

The gold on the torch exemplifies honor of the mission and the dedication of all personnel within the Institute. The torch is an emblem for illuminating the path: guiding others to find a way forward for themselves.
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The great blue heron is our unofficial mascot. Its image may be seen on this website and in our publications, just as the real bird often appears on the front lawn of ISG headquarters in Monterey, California. Herons traditionally represent partnership, exploration, intelligence, guidance, determination, and transformation-- all of which we hope to embody as an organization.
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Our Foundation

Prior to 2019, ISG was known as the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR). Founded in 1994 as an academic center at the Naval Postgraduate School, CCMR was designed to strengthen civil-military relationships in democracies worldwide. Over its 25-year history, CCMR proved itself responsive to civil-military challenges and adaptive to the changing global security landscape. Alongside partner nations, CCMR engaged on complex issues such as defense transformation, stability and support operations, peacekeeping, combating terrorism, acquisition and resource management, maritime security, and defense governance and management.

Former CCMR Director Richard Hoffman played an integral role in shaping CCMR. Joining the team as a faculty member in 1996, Richard made a direct impact on the lives of many faculty, staff, students, and partners as a leader, mentor, colleague, and friend. The legacy of his directorship, service, and commitment to the CCMR mission endures in the work of ISG.