ISG Wins Second SECDEF Award for Sustainment Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Military Forces
The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) was awarded the 2020 Secretary of Defense Award for Sustainment Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Military Forces for the second year in a row.
ISG’s innovative approaches and direct involvement with logistics leaders, staffs, and organizations throughout the Jordanian military have produced a number of swift changes that generated immediate, significant cost savings while simultaneously improving the integration of logistics functions with a key U.S. partner.
ISG’s Jordan Project, working side-by-side with the Jordanian military, facilitated the development and implementation of approved DOTMLPF-P solution recommendations to modernize their logistics enterprise, improve lifecycle sustainment programs to ensure a high return on investment from U.S. security assistance investments, and enable the Jordanian militaries’ logistics systems to integrate effectively with U.S. and NATO-led sustainment operations. ISG’s innovative approaches and direct involvement with logistics leaders, staffs, and organizations throughout the Jordanian military have produced a number of swift changes that generated immediate, significant cost savings while simultaneously improving the integration of logistics functions with a key U.S. partner.
The ISG Jordan team, headed by Regional Program Lead Mark Huber, includes: Jay Hall, Don Baker, Chris Snyder, Rich Treadway, Terrence Kilgore, Tom Traaen, Chris Copple, Bernie Jacques, Chuck Hudson, Cait Brett, Danna Alberts, and the late Mike Wilmer. This award is a result of several years of ISG supporting the Jordanian MoD and Services that have significantly advanced the strategic interests of the United States.
ISG Releases Five “Smart Sheets” on Institutional Capacity Buidling
In February, the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) 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.
The Smart Sheets represent the ISG voice as the Defense Department’s leading ICB implementing body. Effective ICB is strategically driven, problem-focused, and partner-centric. Each Smart Sheet presents a specific challenge faced, the current state of the field, the role ICB plays in resolving the challenge, and best practice recommendations.
The last page of each Smart Sheet is a common page that explains ICB and includes an "ask an expert" email address, allowing users to discuss ICB topics or ask questions about the specific Smart Sheet with ICB experts.
Feeley met Hoffman at West Point as cadets. Their paths crossed several times after that, at Berkeley (Hoffman was at Stanford), as instructors at West Point in the history department, and as strategic planners at NATO. Hoffman invited Feeley to be a guest lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and introduced him to the Monterey area while he was on his second tour at NATO. Knowing Feeley was approaching retirement, Hoffman asked him to apply for an opening in CCMR as the Director of Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Before he retired from ISG, Feeley held the title of Senior Lecturer and was drawn to broad topics related to defense and security issues at NPS and overseas, primarily Europe and Asia. He tackled topics such as civil-military relations, democratic civilian control, and oversight of the armed forces; national security and defense politics; policy and strategy; defense and security sector reform; defense and security sector decision making; and institutional roles and responsibilities in the defense and security sector.
Feeley left a mark at ISG, having been involved in NATO’s recognition of NPS as a Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center, becoming the first U.S. educational institution to be so recognized. Additionally, he is proud of helping the Government of Nepal develop and establish a new Constitution, and ultimately helping bring peace to the country. Feeley says he is grateful to have landed at CCMR after retiring from the military, where he spent the next sixteen years traveling all over the world participating in great adventures while contributing to strengthening U.S. Allied and Partner security. He says that the greatest lesson he learned at CCMR was that good fortune is not in our stars or ourselves; lasting fortune derives from the professionalism and generosity of one’s friends and colleagues.
Byrne met Hoffman in 1994 while both were serving at Headquarters Sixth US Army at the Presidio of San Francisco. In 2000, Hoffman remembered Byrne’s recent United Nations tour in Somalia and asked if he would consider joining CCMR. He accepted–and stayed 20 years. Byrne’s experience led him to focus on developing and delivering United Nations-related Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) training offered through the US Government’s Security Cooperation programs to the global community.
Before he retired from ISG, Byrne was the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) and Peacekeeping Programs Manager, and his principal responsibilities focused on the planning and integration of GPOI events into the Combatant Commands’ financial, operational, human resource, and logistical support structures while ensuring US Government and host-nation client support in over 600 separate activities in over 35 countries worldwide.
Byrne participated in, and supervised the curriculum development of, nine GPOI courses; notably, the GPOI UN Staff Officers’ Course, which received UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations training recognition. The GPOI Senior Mission Leaders course and the Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commanders Course, unique programs only offered by ISG/GPOI, helped solidify CCMR/ISG’s reputation as a global PKO training provider, training senior leaders responsible for leading peacekeepers in some of the most difficult and dangerous UN missions. He is also very proud that CCMR/ISG set a high standard for PKO training, which he attributes to first establishing and then maintaining good relationships with the international cadre that support our efforts.
Byrne remembers an incident in the mid-2000s, while conducting a Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) seminar in Chad, when some anti-government rebels crossed the border and began attacking the capital of N’Djamena. The team was ultimately evacuated by the Embassy (with the assistance of the French Foreign Legion), but not before the US military attaché asked if there was any way they might stay for a couple more days. The Chadian Deputy Chief of Defense told him that the fighting would be over soon, and he really liked the program. Byrne says that he will miss his GPOI team members, superb vendors, and the interactions he had with our international cadre. He is spending his retirement fly-fishing and trying to play better golf.
In the next issue, we bid farewell to Mark Kalber and Lindsay Fritz!
Faculty, Innovation & Learning Division
Vino Roy, part of the Innovation & Learning (I&L) team, oversees ISG’s State Partnership Program (SPP) educational efforts to facilitate a better understanding of the regional security and the socio-political context needed to build partner capacity. A second line of her work at ISG focuses on the development of conceptual tools to support the assessment and implementation of institutional capacity building initiatives. She also serves as an instructor on select regional programs and has conducted evaluations for multinational and bilateral exercises supported by ISG.
Vino Roy, part of the Innovation & Learning (I&L) team, oversees ISG’s State Partnership Program (SPP) educational efforts to facilitate a better understanding of the regional security and the socio-political context needed to build partner capacity.
Roy earned her Master and Doctorate Degrees from the University of Madras where her research interests focused on disinformation, shifting ideologies, and identity construction. Roy says she enjoys working with and across US government organizations, academia, and regional institutions to promote unity of effort and a shared understanding of the fragmented cultural realities and multiple discourses within which institutional capacity building efforts are implemented. While Roy has worked in several disparate fields to include reporting for The Madras Times, teaching, working for a strategic consulting firm, and supporting ISG’s regional educational efforts, her focus has been on disseminating more diverse and inclusive representations of collective security and ways in which people and organizations define themselves.
Faculty, Management Operations & Administration Division
Eric Law, Faculty/Programs Associate responsible for curricular and operations support of ISG's educational programs, facilitates government and contract colleagues in planning, execution, and reporting for resident courses and mobile education team (MET) engagements. Prior to his current role, he was on ISG's resident and MET course operations support team, working with faculty and students, and behind the scenes, to ensure smooth course execution, and that students' experiences at ISG were as fulfilling as possible.
Eric Law, Faculty/Programs Associate responsible for curricular and operations support of ISG's educational programs, facilitates government and contract colleagues in planning, execution, and reporting for resident courses and mobile education team (MET) engagements.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware, and his Master’s in International Policy & Development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, specializing in conflict resolution and social justice. His graduate practicum built on his work at CCMR, focusing on measuring and improving outcomes and training for de-radicalization, disengagement, rehabilitation, and reintegration of violent extremists. During graduate school, he also served as a program evaluation design consultant for Search for Common Ground's efforts to improve social cohesion amid ethnic cleansing.
Law moved to Monterey after a decade working abroad in China and Egypt in facilitation, capacity building, training, and curricular development. He is an avid explorer of global gastronomy and is proficient in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Law says his personal life revolves around his new son AJ, who was born during the first month of the pandemic lockdown. He adds, “AJ amazes us everyday, one way or another, and it’s been wonderful to get to know him as he gets to know the world.”