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INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY GOVERNANCE
FY22 What We Do Page

AT OUR CORE

Institutional capacity building (ICB) drives ISG. It is our fundamental mission, is the catalyst for our partnerships, and inspires our research. ISG’s efforts with U.S. colleagues and international partners are designed to enable and strengthen defense and security institutions, build capabilities, and support shared security interests. These efforts include policies, procedures and systems that enable partners to govern, manage, operate, maintain, and sustain defense and security capabilities. ISG’s mission efforts are divided into four primary tasks:

ADVISING INSTITUTIONS TO BUILD CAPACITY
Our long-term advising efforts enable partners to govern, manage, operate, maintain, and sustain defense capacity and capabilities. ISG's experienced teams work with specific partner institutions to cultivate security governance, defense management, operational planning, resources management, defense logistics, human capital and professional military education and many other critical tasks. Powered by detailed scoping and custom project design, ISG integrates innovative assessment, monitoring, and evaluation practices into each capacity building effort.
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EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS TO BUILD CAPABILITY
ISG designs and delivers short-format education and professional development courses that accelerate participant understanding of complex security and defense issues. Delivered in the US or abroad, our offerings bring applied learning practices into bilateral or multilateral classroom environments. Participants are encouraged to engage in open, peer-to-peer learning and form lasting international and interagency networks.
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ADVANCING THE FIELD AND PRACTICE OF ICB
As the ICB Center of Excellence, ISG is charged with pushing the field and practice of ICB forward. We contribute to research and development in emergent domains within the field and remain a key resource for ICB-related information; including best practices, common challenges, and lessons learned. ISG also serves as a space where ICB methodology is discussed, refined, and strengthened.
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ENHANCING ICB IN SECURITY COOPERATION
ISG seeks to deepen understanding of ICB throughout the security cooperation community. This includes orienting and integrating existing capacity building efforts, offering opportunities to coordinate and collaborate, providing helpful tools and resources, and growing future ICB military and civilian leaders. To meet these objectives, ISG reports to the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) and works closely with other security cooperation education and training bodies.
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OUR STRUCTURE

The ISG team is comprised of a civilian faculty and staff of over 90 personnel. ISG personnel are augmented by a contract support team, a robust group of adjunct faculty, and team of subject matter experts drawn from the military, government, industry, academia, and non-government organizations. ISG is organized into four primary focus areas. Cross-pollination across these four focus areas enables us to be agile and responsive to individual partner and project-specific needs.
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Global
Institutional Advising
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Indo-Pacific
  • Middle East & Central Asia
  • Western Hemisphere
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Governance &
Management Education​
  • Security Governance
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Policy & Strategy
  • Planning & Budgeting Resource Management
  • Defense Acquisition
  • Logistics
  • Human Capital
  • Professional Education
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Capability Education
& Development​
  • Cyber Capability
  • Maritime Security
  • Peacekeeping
  • Exercises
  • Emergency Management & Resilience 
  • Conflict, Terrorism, & Protection
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ICB Knowledge &
Practice Development​
  • Methodology & Approach
  • Country Assessment
  • Program Design
  • Reporting & Monitoring
  • ICB SC Education and Professional Development
  • Developing Communities of Practice

Our Activities

ISG is dedicated to advancing national security and foreign policy objectives by building partner institutional capabilities. ISG carries out this mission – here at ISG headquarters in Monterey, CA and around the globe – through resident, mobile, and virtual education activities as well as through resident and non-resident enduring advising engagements.

FY18 blue bubble
25 Resident Courses
82 Mobile/Hybrid Education Teams
7 U.S. Education Events
225 Non-Resident Advising Activities
X Virtual Advising Activities
23 ICB Resident Advisors (MoDA)
73 Resident Advisors (Afghanistan)
7 Exercises
FY19 green bubble
26 Resident Courses
114 Mobile/Hybrid Education Teams
7 U.S. Education Events
304 Non-Resident Advising Activities
X Virtual Advising Activities
28 ICB Resident Advisors (MoDA)
65 Resident Advisors (Afghanistan)
6 Exercises
FY20 blue bubble
9 Resident Courses
8 Mobile/Hybrid Education Teams
3 U.S. Education Events
114 Non-Resident Advising Activities
101 Virtual Advising Activities
3 Hybrid Advising Activities
29 ICB Resident Advisors (MoDA)
73 Resident Advisors (Afghanistan)
6 Exercises
FY21 green bubble
4 Resident Courses
7 Mobile/Hybrid Education Teams
16 Virtual Education Team
5 U.S. Education Events
82 Non-Resident Advising Activities
171 Virtual Advising Activities
3 Hybrid Advising Activities
35 ICB Resident Advisors (MoDA)
30 Resident Advisors (Afghanistan)
7 Exercises
FY22
21 Resident Courses
77 Mobile/Hybrid Education Teams
5 Virtual Education Teams
4 U.S. Education Events
264 Non-Resident Advising Activities
50 Virtual Advising Activities
11 Hybrid Advising Activities
42 ICB Resident Advisors (MoDA)
19 Exercises
FY23 green bubble
26 Resident Courses
127 Mobile/Hybrid Education Teams
10 Virtual Education Teams
5 U.S. Education Events
456 Non-Resident Advising Activities
137 Virtual Advising Activities
1 Hybrid Advising Activities
53 ICB Resident Advisors (MoDA)
23 Exercises