Mission and Vission
Advising Institutions to Build Partner Institutional Capacity

ISG’s advising efforts enable partners to address specific institutional challenges. Oriented by detailed scoping and program design, experienced expert teams work with institutions and personnel to find partner-oriented approaches; with a broad focus on cultivating security and defense governance, operational planning, resources management, logistics, and human capital. Through long-term engagement partner institutions are strengthened to maintain, sustain, and use key capabilities and achieve mutual security objectives.

Educating Individuals to Expand Knowledge and Strengthen Capability

The Institute’s tailored education and professional development programs empower individuals with holistic knowledge and strengthen capabilities to confront complex security and defense issues. Delivered in the United States or abroad in a short-course format, these programs bring theoretical and applied learning practices into an exciting and rich classroom environment. Participants are encouraged to engage in open, peer-to-peer learning, forming lasting interagency and international networks.

Advancing the Field and Practice of Institutional Capacity Building (ICB)

As the ICB Center of Excellence, ISG is charged with being a catalyst for the field and practice of ICB. The Institute is tasked with advancing the understanding and practice of ICB as a means of contributing to national and regional security objectives. ISG builds coherence within the field of ICB to orient its application and mass its effects through the research and development in emergent components of the ICB field, the collection, development and promulgation of best practices, common challenges, lessons learned and example case studies, and refinement and development of methodology and approaches to ICB.

Enabling ICB in the Security Cooperation Community

ISG seeks to strengthen understanding and integration of ICB within the security cooperation community through tools, collaboration, and integration. This includes working closely with the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) and other security cooperation education and training bodies, researching and publishing on ICB as a component of broader security cooperation, and ongoing support for planning and program design.