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The development of functioning, accountable, and effective defense and security institutions is critical to enabling the long-term success of security cooperation and partner capability development and is foundational to the Institute for Security Governance (ISG). Located in Monterey, California, ISG was established in 2019 as a component of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and is the Department of Defense Center of Excellence for Institutional Capacity Building (ICB). -- Read More

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ISG Promotes Unity of Effort in Support of the Nebraska State Partnership Program with Rwanda

Posted: Feb 2, 2021

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) conducted a virtual workshop in support of the partnership between the Nebraska National Guard (NENG) and the Republic of Rwanda from 13-15 January 2021. The workshop aimed to enhance NENG's understanding of the historical and socio-political context of their partner, provide guidance on US priorities for the country, and establish a framework for working with the Rwanda Defence Forces, setting the stage for a review and discussion of potential areas of cooperation between state and country.

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ISG Introduces First Set of Institutional Capacity Building “Smart Sheets”

Posted: Jan 22, 2021

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) has released its first set of “Smart Sheets” on Institutional Capacity Building (ICB). These sheets fulfill the need for clear and concise information about ICB that provides key concepts and offers smart solutions. The Smart Sheets offer a standardized response to frequently asked ICB questions and represent the first set of easily accessible, cornerstone documents developed by a team of ISG experts and drawn from applied and field-tested efforts.

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ISG wins SECDEF Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Security Forces – Ministerial Category

Posted: Nov 3, 2020

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) is humbled and proud to accept the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Security Forces in the Ministerial Category, for a second year in a row. The 2020 award recognizes ISG’s efforts with partners in the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) to build capacity to conduct Capability Based Assessments (CBAs) to strengthen the effectiveness of one our important Middle Eastern partners.

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ISG "Smart Sheets" Seek to Initiate Institutional Capacity Building Conversations

2021: Quarter 2 - February 2, 2021
The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) has released five “Smart Sheets,” the first in a series of Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) documents that answer frequently asked security cooperation questions. ISG, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) leading ICB institute, designed the Smart Sheets to inform USG stakeholders and partner institutions about specific ICB functional or issue areas.
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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.

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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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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 E-Course Catalog section of this site.


About Institutional Capacity Building

Wondering about the DSCA approach to institutional capacity building (ICB)? Check out this video from former DSCA Director LTG Charles Hooper, which covers why building ally and partner institutional capacity is critical to the success of US security cooperation efforts and what DSCA and ISG are doing to address ICB planning and execution. -- Watch Video here