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JULY EDITION

ISG Director Steven Peterson leads discussion after a team-building exercise.

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) is proud to present the July edition of The Heron. ISG has been an official part of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) for three months, which has been a period of exciting change. With this change comes the opportunity to reset, rethink, and reestablish some important internal working relationships in our growing organization. In order to get gears turning in creative new ways, ISG leadership organized a week-long event last month featuring important Institute updates, team-building exercises, and dialogue about our next steps. Big thank you to Frontier Design for facilitation; all are to be commended for their respectful participation and big ideas.

Another important change noticed around ISG last month is the surge in the number of submissions that the Outreach & Communications Team is receiving for The Heron. We are thrilled that this forum has grown to become a place for all ISGers to share the meaningful work they do at the Institute and around the world. Please continue spreading the word for us by signing up to receive The Heron each month, visiting us on the web, or following us on social media. See you in August.

UPCOMING MOBILE ENGAGEMENTS

The map below showcases our upcoming mobile engagement locations for July, which include Advising & Consulting projects, courses executed by Mobile Education Teams, and support to multinational exercises.

INSTITUTE IN-DEPTH

DUAL TEAMS TRAVEL TO MANILA

ISG deployed two faculty teams to the Philippines in late May to conduct dual engagements, including the delivery of an International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM) course and an initial assessment to support further institutional capacity building (ICB) engagement.

The ISG-IDARM team led a two-week course on Defense Acquisition and Contract Management for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). In attendance were officers from the General Headquarters as well as representatives from a technical working group comprised of Philippine Air Force, Army, and Navy. Designed to support the AFP Modernization Project, the course provided participants with an understanding of important concepts, challenges, and lessons learned associated with defense acquisition planning and life cycle cost management. Participants engaged in a practical application of the teaching concepts by simulating integrated project teams in a case study exercise.

Another team visited Ft. Magsaysay, the largest AFP installation in the Philippines, to conduct an introductory partner scoping and assessment. In response to a request by Joint US Military Assistance Group Philippines (JUSMAGPHIL), the group of ISG advisors met with key stakeholders and began discussing a plan to conduct follow-on engagements focused on the development of the joint staff headquarters.

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).

“ISG shall return!”

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

EXAMINING CHALLENGES TO PRODUCING VIABLE DEFENSE PLANS IN ROMANIA

(1) A group listens to a panel of experts at HQ MND-SE, (2) Dr. Thomas Young leads discussion on defense planning and readiness

Dr. Thomas Young of the ISG Civil-Military Relations program emphasized the importance of defense planning and readiness last month at the Headquarters Multinational Division South (HQ MND-SE), a NATO military body located in Bucharest. Invited to speak by Gen. (ret) Ștefan Danilă, former Romanian Chief of Defense, Dr. Young shared his research on improving readiness with particular focus on the need for increased innovation and enhanced predictability in the contemporary security environment. Photos above courtesy of HQ MND-SE on Facebook.

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

Clockwise from top left: (1) Dr. Peter Chalk leads discussion on maritime security threats in Southeast Asia. (2) Captain Pete Smith reports ISG Maritime Security Team findings on how countries in Southeast Asia and around the world approach Maritime Domain Awareness capabilities and other key topics. (3) Colonel Wayne Turnbull, USA SDO/DATT and JUSMAGTHAI Chief awards CAPT Jumpon a certificate for his contribution to the ISG workshop. (4) Thai-MECC's CAPT Jumpon debriefs the findings of his Risk Assessment workgroup.

In June, a three-member ISG team consisting of Dr. Peter Chalk, CAPT Pete Smith, USN (Ret.), and CAPT Tim Doorey, USN (Ret.) conducted a 4-day maritime security strategy development workshop for Thailand’s Maritime Law Enforcement Coordination Center (Thai MECC) at JUSMAG Thailand’s new classroom facilities in Bangkok. Colonel Wayne Turnbull, USA Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché (SDO/DATT) and Chief of the Joint United States Military Advisory Group - Thailand (JUSMAGTHAI), along with CAPT Mark Huebschman, DSCA's Ministry of Defense Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) advisor invited thirty-two individuals from the Thai-MECC headquarters and six supporting agencies.

The ISG team presented an overview of ISG’s new responsibilities under DSCA as well as an examination and discussion of various maritime threats in Southeast Asia. Two interactive workshops were held, allowing participants to prioritize threats and score their maritime governance for both authorities involved and capacity to respond.

In March, the Thai-MECC was elevated to be a maritime command organization reporting directly to the Prime Minister. Thai-MECC will have a new headquarters, increased manpower, a separate budget and expanded command responsibilities. ISG will be an engaged partner for the Thai MECC during its important transition.

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.

CONTINUED ISG SUPPORT TO ANNUAL MULTINATIONAL PEACEKEEPING EXERCISE IN MONGOLIA

Khaan Quest 2019 CPX multinational team poses for a group shot

ISG has once again supported the Command Post Exercise (CPX) portion of Khaan Quest, an annual peacekeeping and training event held in Mongolia for over 1,700 peacekeepers from 38 countries.

ISG VISITS TBILISI FOR THIRD NATIONAL EXERCISE PROGRAM WORKSHOP OF THE YEAR

Group photo or participants in the June National Exercise Program (NEP) workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia

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.

JUNE RESIDENT COURSE REVIEW

Resident courses at ISG are held all-year round. Check out these links for reviews of our three most recent offerings: Executive Program in Defense Decision Making, Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief, and Principles of Defense Acquisition and Contract Management.

RESEARCH & PUBLISHING UPDATES

ISG faculty, staff, and subject matter experts are leaders in their field. Check out the photos and links below to review their latest efforts, and visit our publications page for more.

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LOGO SYMBOLISM

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.

ABOVE & BEYOND AWARD

Ellen Shipitalo, Communications & Outreach Lead, received the ISG Above & Beyond Award.

HERON SPOTTING

Have you seen Eric the Heron? Send us pictures of our mascot. #ISGHeron

Why The HeronWe chose The Heron for the title of our activities report due to the unofficial mascots that roam the ISG lawn looking for moles and nesting on nearby Lake Del Monte. Herons are also symbols of partnership, exploration, intelligence, guidance, determination, and transformation—all of which we hope to embody as ISG continues its important work and looks towards the future.

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