About the Institute - Institute for Security Governance
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
Promote and advance American values, interests, and objectives through the development, integration, and advancement of the field and practice of institutional capacity building
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.
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.
RopeThe rope illustrates the binding ties that result from effective and continuing partnership.
RingsThe 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.
StarsThe gold stars indicate excellence in implementing the ISG mission.
SphereThe sphere represents ISG's global reach, while the light blue color signifies the US Department of Defense.
SleevesThe 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.
HandsThe handshake stands for new and enduring partnerships built each day by the ISG team.
TorchThe 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.
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.