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INTRODUCING THE HERON

The Outreach & Communications team welcomes you to The Heron, our activities report previously known as CCMR Connect.

But first, we’d like to introduce you to the Institute for Security Governance, which brings together the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR), the International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM) Program, and the Defense Governance & Management Team (DGMT) under one organization that is now part of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency The ISG team has worked closely with our new colleagues at DSCA and with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to facilitate this transition, and the work put in by all involved is to be commended. Bravo.

As we are in the process of converting our electronic and print materials to ISG, we took care to think about how this activities report can best reflect our new organization. We chose The Heron as our title due to our unofficial mascots that roam the ISG lawn and nest on the nearby Lake Del Monte. But that’s not the only reason—herons are symbols of partnership, exploration, intelligence, guidance, determination, and transformation—all of which we hope to embody as we continue our important work as ISG and look towards the future. We hope you enjoy the inaugural edition of The Heron.

- Outreach & Communications Team

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

The map summarizes our June engagement locations, which include activities executed by Mobile Education Teams (METs), Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) projects, and team support to multinational exercises.

Faculty Spotlight

ISG FACULTY & STAFF

Usually in this section, we feature just one of our faculty members. In celebration of the founding of our new organization, we'd like to take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on all of our faculty and staff.

We come from diverse academic and practitioner backgrounds, cover a range of important and emerging subject areas, and work hard to deliver programming that enhances ally and partner capacity to address shared security challenges.

Remember, we are the same faculty from CCMR/DGMT/IDARM programs-- just brought together under the ISG banner and now part of DSCA. We look forward to continuing our work in Monterey and overseas.

INSTITUTE IN-DEPTH

ISG'S FIRST RESIDENT COURSE: CIVIL-MILITARY APPROACHES TO MARITIME SECURITY

From April 15th to 26th, the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) conducted its first in-residence course, “Civil-Military Approaches to Maritime Security.” Attending the course were 8 participants from Albania, Benin, Kuwait, Morocco, Slovenia and Egypt. The three Egyptian participants included an Ambassador, a Coast Guard Captain, and Navy Commodore. During the two-week course, the participants received 28 presentations on a wide variety of maritime security topics, conducted three exercises, as well as visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium and U.S. Coast Guard Station Monterey. At the Coast Guard Station, participants received an overview brief on how the Coast Guard is organized and how it enforces maritime security in U.S. territorial seas and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). The group then toured the Station’s 47-foot Life Saving Boat and smaller patrol craft.

STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP HELD IN BAGHDAD WITH THE IRAQI COUNTER-TERRORISM SERVICE

ISG led a three-day workshop from 23-25 March alongside the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (ICTS), where discussions centered on comprehensive security, capabilities-based planning, and the importance of readiness reporting to the overall capability-based planning process.

SENIOR LEADERS SEMINAR COVERED BY MEDIA IN DRC

An ISG program highlighting Civil-Military Operations was recently covered by Radio Okapi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Not a French speaker? Here's a quick summary:

The US embassy in Kinshasa organized training on civil-military relations for senior leaders of the Armed forced of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), said a statement from the US Embassy in Kinshasa on Monday, March 8th.

"A key course for senior officers on civil-military operations will be held this week at the College of Advanced Strategy and Defense Studies (CHESD). This course, organized by the US State Department, is delivered by a team of US officials with considerable experience in civil-military operations," the statement said.

According to the US Embassy in Kinshasa, the goal of civil-military operations is to improve relations between the civilian population and the military, strengthen good governance, increase the professionalism of the FARDC, and develop forces that are receptive and responsive to citizens.

"Among the specific topics planned for this seminar are: human rights, the prevention of illegal trafficking (human beings, drugs, weapons and smuggling), and the prevention of the recruitment of child soldiers," the statement said.

Thirty high-ranking FARDC officers participated in the training, during which they also learned about best practices related to civil-military operations and discussed the studies that have produced good results-- but especially covered those whose results have not been achieved.

SUPPORT TO THE CENTRAL AMERICAN MARITIME REGIONAL INITIATIVE IN MIAMI

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG)—International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM) Program kicked off a two-week, “Principles of Defense Acquisition and Contract Management” course on Monday 22 April, 2019 in Miami, Florida in support of the Department of State (DoS) Central American Maritime Regional Initiative (CAMRI).

This is the first in a planned four-part series, scheduled in FY19 and FY20. A total of 18 students (4 Belize, 4 Costa Rica, and 10 Panama) attended this foundational course, which provided a practical examination of defense acquisition and contract management and emphasized acquisition and logistics planning and transparency and accountability in the decision-making process. The course also addressed the importance of managing risk throughout the defense acquisition life cycle. International best practices and global trends were discussed, highlighting specific challenges and opportunities within the context of maintenance and logistics systems common to Central American maritime forces. Participants also engaged in a practical application of the teaching concepts by simulating integrated product teams in a case study exercise.

LEADING DISCUSSION IN BOSNIA ON COMBATING TERRORISM AND INTELLIGENCE

A four-person team traveled to Banja Luka, Bosnia in March to conduct a 333-funded program focused on Combating Terrorism and Intelligence. Discussion among the 28 Bosnian participants centered around Intelligence Reform and Planning, Intelligence Analysis of Migration and Returning Members of ISIS, Terrorism and Organized Crime, and Intelligence for Transnational threats.

Instructors for this program were Dr. Larry Cline from Buffalo State University, Dr. Tom Mockaitis from DePaul University, Dr. Phil Williams from University of Pittsburgh, and Matthew King from ISG.

MEETING OF THE US-JORDAN JOINT MILITARY COMMISSION COVERED BY THE JORDAN TIMES

Photo Courtesy of Petra News Agency

The Jordan Times covered an important annual bilateral event between the US and Jordan, one that was supported by ISG’s Jordan team. ISG representatives participated in the 2019 US-Jordan Joint Military Commission (JMC), which was held in Amman, Jordan, on 10-11 April. ISG’s Jordan team contributed to briefs detailing progress on Capabilities-Based Assessments (CBAs) that are informing strategic level decisions that will guide the ongoing restructuring of the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF).

The JMC was just one event supported by ISG during a nearly two-week engagement with Jordanian partners in Amman. Other activities focused on conducting various CBAs, and prioritizing and developing future engagement activities, including the launch of a logistics CBA effort. Mike Wilmer, Country Project Coordinator for Jordan, leads the execution of ISG’s CBA workshops in collaboration with the JAF, and was supported during this engagement by Jay Hall, Chris Coppel, Rich Treadway, and Thomas Traaen.

PARTNERSHIP WITH INDONESIA'S NAVAL COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE CONTINUES

Building enduring partnerships with institutions like the Indonesian Naval Command and Staff College (SESKOAL) is critical to ISG. Tim Doorey made another visit to partners in Jakarta in April to facilitate dialogue on defense support to civil authorities.

A previous ISG-SESKOAL exchange was covered by ISG staff in 2018.

OTHER UPDATES

GIVING ISG A LITTLE TLC

Thank you to Katie Wise for sprucing the place up!

A NEW LOOK

A special thanks to all who helped with flipping the classroom to our new branding.

KUDOS TO BUAYA

Richard Buaya, contract support to ISG, was recently presented with an award for demonstrating understanding of shared organizational responsibilities towards promoting cybersecurity by the Information Technology and Communications Services (ITACS) department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Congratulations, Rich!

NEW LOGO IN ACTION

Scott Moreland gets the award for being the first to use the new ISG logo downrange at an emergency preparedness workshop in Tbilisi. Now to get the rest of the organization to make the switcheroo…

We covered this important workshop on our social media a few weeks ago.

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