Philippine participants in the ISG-IDARM 'Defense Acquisition and Contract Management' course participate in discussion.
Another ISG group met with key stakeholders at Philippines Special Operations Command as a part of a scoping and assessment visit. From left: Colonel Guinid (CofS), MAJ Brian Bosse (JUSMAG), COL Tagle (Deputy Commander), CPT (P) Andrew Wade (ISG Fellow), Crissy Gayagas, Ed.D. (Indo-Pacific RPL), MGen Rey (CG AFPSOCOM), and CPT Cody Inman (CT SOFLE).
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Both ISG teams met up on Corregidor Island to learn more about the US-Philippine history, relationship and experiences. From left: Samantha Schwellenbach, Alan Johnson, Crissy Gayagas, Tim Doorey, Jordan Chroman
CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS PROGRAM CONDUCTS SITE SURVEY IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
The ISG Civil-Military Relations program conducted a pre-deployment site survey in the Central African Republic (CAR), 6 – 10 May. During the visit, the team met with representatives from the Government of CAR, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and the US Embassy Country Team in preparation for a four-part seminar series on Civil-Military Relations scheduled for August and September 2019.
The series will include a Senior Leaders Seminar on Civil-Military Relations, a course on Strategic Communications, and two events designed to help the Government of CAR think through its National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Program—part of the Khartoum Peace Agreement that was signed in February 2019.
Photo Left: ISG Site Survey Meeting with CAR Security Sector Reform (SSR) Advisory Team, Office of the President
KOSOVO'S PRESIDENT THANKS ISG FOR SUSTAINED INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIP
On June 6, Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi thanked an ISG team for their continued support to the Ministry of Defense and Kosovo Security Force. President Thaçi expressed particular gratitude for the contributions of departing ISG country project lead Abby Robinson, who remarked that she "was pleased to be working in Kosovo and for Kosovo during all these years."
ISG has been active in Kosovo since 2014, and the years-long effort is a clear mark of how sustained institutional capacity building support can have genuine and long-lasting impacts on governance, capability, and mutual relationships. 🇽🇰 🇺🇸
Despite Robinson's departure, ISG's partnership with Kosovo continues in July with visits from both the International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM) and Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness (CMEP) teams. Advising & consulting engagement with the Ministry of Defense resumes in September with a visit centered on Human Resource Management.
Photos courtesy of the President of the Republic of Kosovo.
STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP HELD FOR THAILAND'S MARITIME LAW ENFORCEMENT COORDINATION CENTER
ISG FACILITATES TABLE-TOP EXERCISE FOR HUNGARIAN DEFENSE FORCES
From 12-13 June 2019, an ISG team (Gary Espinas, Thomas Young, Gregg Jones, Joe Holger, and Maj Ryan Tice) conducted an operational planning table-top exercise (TTX) with representatives from the Hungarian Defense Forces (HDF). The TTX was provided in response to a March 2019 request from Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi, Deputy Commander of the HDF, for ISG support to the HDF Command J3 in establishing an operational planning process within the HDF.
The two-day exercise consisted of workshops on mission analysis, course of action (COA) development, and stakeholder analysis, followed by a TTX that made use of these topics within a border incursion scenario. ISG used a number of design thinking tools that the Hungarian audience expressed to be highly worthwhile in an after action review.
At the request of the HDF J3, ISG plans to return to Budapest in the fall for a return engagement.
ISG SUPPORTS GEORGE C. MARSHALL CENTER 'FUTURE SECURITY ENVIRONMENT 2030' WORKSHOP FOR UKRAINIAN MOD REPRESENTATIVES
ISG team members Mr. Phil Jones and Maj Brad Fisher, USAF (an Olmsted Scholar in Kyiv who also serves as an adjunct to ISG) were in Garmisch, Germany this week to support a George C. Marshall Center Seminar on the Future Security Environment (FSE) with representatives of the Ukrainian MoD. The FSE is an important component of Ukraine's Defense Review, which the MoD is currently executing following the recent presidential election in Kyiv. The seminar also highlights the partnership that has developed between ISG and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies as key providers of Institutional Capacity Building to the Ukrainian MoD and Armed Forces.
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Our recent organizational transition brought us a new logo, derived in part from DSCA symbolism. Designed to embody the Institute's diverse mission and stakeholders, the symbolism of each component is as follows:
Gold Rope: The rope illustrates the binding ties that result from effective and continuing partnership.
Dark Blue & Green Rings: Both rings serve as a direct reference to DSCA and the ISG role in executing the DSCA mission. In addition, the green signifies land and amphibious forces and blue indicates sea and air forces, epitomizing a strong defense for the Nation and our partners.
Gold Stars: The gold stars denote excellence in implementing the ISG mission.
Light Blue Sphere: The sphere represents the global reach of the Institute, and the light blue color denotes the US Department of Defense.
Sleeves: The military and civilian detail on the sleeves reflects civil-military relations and military professionalization; a reference to the ISG mission and respect for our past as the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR).
Clasped Hands: The handshake depicts the new and enduring partnerships built each day by the ISG team.
Gold Torch: The gold on the torch exemplifies the honor of the mission and dedication of all personnel within the Institute. The torch is a traditional symbol identified with lighting the way as well as guiding others to find a path forward for themselves.