E-Course Catalog
ISG is a US Department of Defense schoolhouse with an extensive course catalog focusing on emergent issues in security and defense.
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Course course types are offered by ISG, denoted by a unique MASL number:

1-2 week multilateral courses primarily conducted at ISG headquarters in Monterey, California. Delivered in adult learning style, courses feature lectures, breakout groups, interactive exercises, and student-led presentations. Limited to no more than 30 students.
1-2 week multilateral courses where one partner serves as a host to the ISG instructional team as well as students from other countries. Courses are tailored to the regional context, and participant composition varies by topic and delivery method.
Mobile Education Teams (METs) conduct 1-2 week bilateral courses in partner countries. Courses are tailored to the national and regional context, and participant composition varies by topic and delivery method.
Virtual courses are conducted in a synchronous or combination synchronous/asynchronous format. These courses are typically 3-5 days in duration and conducted in a bilateral or multilateral format and tailored to the country or regional context. Hybrid courses customarily include at least one in-person instructional team member to facilitate discussions.


This catalog is organized according to our structure, which is by division (arrows) and functional area (bubbles). Two ISG divisions, Education & Professional Practice (E&PP) and Peace & Security (P&S) are responsible for education and training and are highlighted in the graphic below.  Scroll down this page to view tables listing ISG offerings. Click the title of a specific course to open a PDF containing more detail.

Civil-Military Relations (CMR) and Security Governance

Civil-Military Relations (CMR) and Security Governance

Civil-Military Relations and Security Governance addresses all aspects of the relationship between elected civilians and security institutions (armed forces, police forces, and intelligence agencies) in a democratic context. CMR offers courses, seminars, and workshops that address a variety of potential challenges and avenues for success in institutionalizing effective and functioning civil-military relations.
Course Resident Mobile Regional
General Civil-Military Relations
Defense Governance P170024 P309464
Securing the State: Building Institutions for National Security P179897
Civil-Military Relations P309070
Professionalization of the Armed Forces and Democracy P309152
Applied Civil-Military Relations
Civil-Military Approaches to Elections Security P309139
Strategic Communications, Media, & Perception of the Armed Forces P309148
Executive-Legislative Relations in Defense P309150
Women's Integration Into the Armed Forces P309465
Strategy, Planning & Decision-Making
Executive Program in Defense Decision-Making P170001
Women, Leadership, and National Defense P179840 P319840
Human Capital Decision-Making for Defense Institutions P179939
Modernization of Armed Forces: Policy & Planning P309045
Strategic Leadership P309116
Implementing Strategic Planning: Developing Effective Personnel Management Policy P309140
Intelligence & Strategic Decision Making P309149
Preparing for Strategic Defense Reviews: Promoting Effective & Efficient Armed Forces P319053
Defense Planning Methods and Techniques P319248
International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM)

International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM)

International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM) activities are designed to strengthen defense acquisition processes and decision-making, and help nations understand and adopt International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM) activities are designed to strengthen defense acquisition processes and decision-making, and help nations understand and adopt modern business practices. IDARM offers a wide range of defense acquisition, logistics, and contract management courses. Courses can cover a combination of interrelated subjects, with the goal of offering defense leaders the opportunity to explore strategic issues which must be addressed in order to improve their nation’s defense acquisition processes and business practices. Course offerings are developed in conjunction with faculty and specialized subject matter experts and tailored to the specific government organizational structures, national acquisition statutes and regulations, and defense acquisition objectives of the Partner Nation.
Course Resident Mobile Regional
Principles of Defense Acquisition Management P159200 P309131 P279300
Principles of Defense Procurement & Contracting P159202 P309136
International Defense Acquisition Negotiations P179069 P309134
Principles of Defense Acquisition & Contract Management (English/Spanish) P179623 P319623
Principles of Defense Acquisition & Logistics Management (English/French) P179841
Project Management: Managing Complex Defense Projects P309104
Acquisition Phase I: Needs Assessment/Site Survey P309130
Acquisition Phase II: Curriculum Development P309132
Strategies for Building & Sustaining Accountability in Defense Resource Management Systems P309210
Logistics & Life Cycle Management P309348
Ethics & Integrity in Defense Acquisition Decision-Making P319036


The Logistics Capacity Building (LCB) functional area works with participants to increase the professionalization of their logistics forces to better sustain defense and security force capabilities. LCB activities are designed to support participants’ efforts to better assess their logistics requirements and implement the lessons learned within the unique context of their nation. Emphasis is placed on the necessity to integrate other institutional capabilities such as strategy, policy, and plans, human resource management, and resource management. Learning methodologies include case study presentations, lectures, small group exercises/activities, and structured discussions.
Course Resident Mobile Regional
Institutional Capacity Building for Logistics P179931


The Conflict, Terrorism, and Protection (CTP) functional area at ISG contributes expertise to educational courses and advising projects. Content areas include the causes and triggers of conflict and the full spectrum of conflict management from prevention to various types of warfare to conflict resolution and governmental/societal recovery. CTP activities help governments gain an actionable understanding of conflict dynamics and approaches to building capabilities and strategies to avoid or prevail in these situations. CTP possesses particular expertise in ethnic and religious identity conflict, combating terrorism and counterinsurgency, security and borders, and humanitarian issues in the midst of conflict such as protection of civilians and conflict-induced displacement. Some CTP courses are offered in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Combating Terrorism Irregular Warfare Fellowship Program (CTIWFP)/ Regional Defense Fellowship Program (RDFP). Multi-sectoral teams comprised of ISG faculty, adjunct subject matter experts, and field specialists lead these practitioner-oriented activities.
Course Resident Mobile Regional
Managing Internal Conflict P170030 P309462
Security & Irregular Migration P173019 P319066
Civil-Military Responses to Terrorism P179018 P309069
Disarmament, Demobilization, & Reintegration P309138
Border Security & Border Management P309227
Countering Violent Extremism P319286
Reintegration of Ex-Combatants & Violent Extremists P309463
Civilian Harm Mitigation P309542
Emergency Management & Resilience (EM&R)

Emergency Management & Resilience (EM&R)

The Emergency Management and Resilience (EM&R) functional area designs and delivers comprehensive, whole-of-government courses and engagements for all-hazards emergency preparedness, resilience, and response. Courses and engagements aim to enhance civil-military cooperation, build national resilience and capacity in emergency preparedness, and apply a comprehensive approach to emergency management that includes civilian government, military, and civil sector stakeholders; as well as the receipt and management of international disaster assistance. These national-level leader and planner-oriented courses are led by teaching teams comprised of ISG faculty, multi-disciplinary subject matter experts, and field practitioners.
Course Resident Mobile Regional
Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief P170475 P309475
Comprehensive Approaches to Counter Hybrid Threats P179847 P319283
National Resilience for Defense & Security P179928 P319928
Energy Security & Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection P179929 P319929
Cyber Capability (CYBER)

Cyber Capability (CYBER)

Designed to build partner capacity and capability, ISG cyber courses explore policies and practices that can be adapted to maintain an advantage over actors who seek to exploit, disrupt, or damage the networks and systems upon which our societies and militaries depend. This functional area highlights the importance of effective cyber defense for economic growth and innovation, examines barriers to effective policy and practice development, and considers methods for response that represent a comprehensive approach for cyber defense. ISG cyber courses prepare decision makers to more effectively analyze, design, and implement policies and practices for safeguarding national cyberspace. These courses are delivered in partnership leading defense and civilian educational entities.
Course Resident Mobile Regional
Cybersecurity Policy & Practice P170370 P309370
Strategies & Capabilities for Cyber Challenges P179898
Developing Cyber Organizations and Workforces P179938 P309546
Cybersecurity Strategy Development P309470
Cyber Defense Operational Integration P309538
Peacekeeping (PKX)

Peacekeeping (PKX)

The Peacekeeping and Exercises (PKX) functional area helps build sustainable and indigenous peacekeeping training capacities in U.S. partner countries so they can better contribute to United Nations (UN) and other regional peacekeeping operations. ISG PKX particularly concentrates on the establishment and strengthening of partner countries’ training capacity and staff. These activities pertain to both military troops and formed police units. In addition, these events help to enhance coordination and collaboration between the U.S. and other contributor countries’ assistance efforts, to include providing support to deploying units (e.g. exercises, technical assistance and pre-deployment training).
Course Resident Mobile Regional
United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commanders Course P179085 P309485 P279085
Train-the-Trainer Course P309103 P273013
United Nations Military Observers Course P309446 P279046
United Nations Civil-Military Coordination Officers Course P309068 P279068
United Nations Logistics Officers Course P309379 P279379
United Nations Staff Officers Course P309389 P279389
United Nations Peackeeping Operations Instructors Course P309392 P279392
Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations & Peace Support Operations P309394 P279394
Capstone Exercise P309459 P279010
Executive Course for National Peacekeeping Planning P319322 P279049
United Nations Peacekeeping Engagement Team Training P319323 P279050
United Nations Peacekeeping Intelligence Operations P319324 P279051
Resident: P179085
Mobile: P309485
Regional: P279085
Mobile: P309103
Regional: P273013
Mobile: P309446
Regional: P279046
Mobile: P309068
Regional: P279068
Mobile: P309379
Regional: P279379
Mobile: P309389
Regional: P279389
Mobile: P309392
Regional: P279392
Mobile: P309394
Regional: P279394
Mobile: P309459
Regional: P279010
Mobile: P319322
Regional: P279049
Mobile: P319323
Regional: P279050
Mobile: P319324
Regional: P279051
Maritime Security (MARSEC)

Maritime Security (MARSEC)

Maritime Security (MARSEC) courses provide participants with the tools required to prevent and respond to a myriad of maritime security threats and challenges. MARSEC courses introduce and explore strategic and operational level, best practices, and innovative solutions to address common challenges. Examples include: understanding transnational maritime threats; integrating civil, military, and law enforcement agencies with maritime security responsibilities; and leveraging regional and other international governmental and non-governmental resources. Our approach includes expert-led lectures; case studies, risk assessment, maritime governance, strategy development and Tabletop (TTX) classroom exercises, a visit to a local U.S. Coast Guard station, and emphasis on interagency and multi-national solutions.
Course Resident Mobile Regional
Fundamentals of Maritime Security P179548 P319178 P279178
Building Institutional Capacity in the Maritime Security Sector P179927
Comprehensive Approaches to Building Maritime Domain Awareness Capabilities P319177 P279177