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The Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) Institute for Security Governance (ISG) is the Department of Defense’s leading implementer for Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) and one of its primary international schoolhouses. As a component of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), ISG is charged with building partner institutional capacity and capability through tailored advising, education, and professional development programs grounded in American values and approaches.

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Dr. Whitney Grespin Contributes to International Affairs Journal

Posted: May 18, 2023

Kudos to ISG Africa Regional Program Lead, Dr. Whitney Grespin, whose journal article was published in the world’s leading journals of international relations, International Affairs. The May issue features a variety of articles surrounding legitimizing International Organizations. Dr. Grespin reviews two books – Illicit money: financing terrorism in the twenty-first century, by Jessica Davis, and Blood money: how criminals, militias, rebels, and warlords finance violence, by Margaret Sankey. The full review can be found here.

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Posted: May 11, 2023

ISG recently concluded the Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief course which develops a comprehensive understanding of how national governments organize and use their armed forces to support domestic and international disaster response operations. 

The course emphasizes cross-community understanding and communication skills that improve the ways that armed forces, government civilian agencies, and non- and inter-governmental organizations can work more effectively alongside one another in disaster relief.

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Posted: May 9, 2023

Congratulations to ISG’s Jennifer Grigsby for being honored by her local Chamber of Commerce as a Woman of Distinction! Presented by the Somerset Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce on “Mid-Mornings with Amy Stroud,” WYKY Somerset 106.1 FM, Ms. Grigsby was nominated by her local community in recognition of Women's History Month.  

Ms. Jennifer Grigsby serves as a member of the Regional Advising team at the Institute for Security Governance with responsibilities to facilitate, develop, execute and monitor institutional capacity building efforts and enable Partner Nations to develop effective and accountable defense and security institutions.

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Introduction to ISG Primer

This two-page document provides a brief introduction to ISG as a leader and integrator in global Institutional Capacity Building and includes information about what drives us, how we are organized, our approach to advising and education, and the areas in which we work. For more detailed information, go to the About the Institute and What We Do sections of this site.

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Course Catalog

This catalog document provides an overview of ISG's unique course offerings that support our education and training objectives. For an interactive, online version of the course catalog, go to the Schoolhouse Information Hub section of this site.

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ICB Smart Sheets

ISG has developed a series of concise papers, or Smart Sheets, designed to inform USG stakeholders and partner institutions about specific Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) functional or issue areas. Each sheet presents the specific challenge faced, the current state of the field, the role ICB plays in resolving the challenge, and provides ICB best practice recommendations.


About Institutional Capacity Building

Wondering about the approach of DSCA and its components to institutional capacity building (ICB)? Check out this video, which explains how ICB encompasses Security Cooperation activities and directly supports ally and partner nations; how DSCA manages and executes ICB initiatives; and how building capacity extends beyond the provision of defense articles and services to ensure full-spectrum capabilities. — Watch Video here