Jessie Evans, Regional Program Lead
Defense Governance and Management Team (DGMT)
Jessie Evans is a DGMT Regional Program Lead for Africa in the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). She is responsible for managing institutional capacity building projects in the US Africa Command area of responsibility.
Previously Jessie served as a security sector reform advisor to the US Mission to Somalia. She pushed for tough adjustments on US security assistance and as a result, the US Ambassador curtailed millions of dollars of assistance to address issues of waste, corruption, and poor alignment to policy goals. She worked with the US military to re-calibrate assistance and determine what benchmarks should be used to re-start support. Prior to Somalia she served the US State Department as a Senior Conflict Specialist living overseas in Burma, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
Jessie served as a Rosenthal Fellow with the Department of Defense focused on Africa policy and is a member of the Women in International Security DC Chapter Board and Truman National Security Project. She received her master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and her BA from Occidental College. She originally hails from Bend, OR.
DGMT Provides Support to Ukrainian Navy Strategy Development
On November 29, 2018, Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, publicly unveiled his Strategy for Development of the Navy to 2035 during the International Maritime Security Conference held in Kyiv, Ukraine. This marked the successful culmination of sustained CCMR/DGMT support to the Ukrainian Navy Staff’s year-long effort to prepare its first-ever strategy.
IDARM Begins Spring Resident Course Series
IDARM kicked off the first of three courses in the global defense acquisition management resident course pipeline this week, which includes “Principles of Defense Acquisition Management,” “Principles of Defense Procurement and Contracting,” and “International Defense Acquisition Negotiations.” This back-to back series of courses is offered twice per year and affords participants the option of attending one, two, or all three of the courses.
The “Principles of Defense Acquisition Management” resident course provides participants with an understanding of the important concepts and challenges associated with defense acquisition and logistics decision making throughout the defense acquisition life cycle. International best practices are discussed along with the challenges of implementation.
CMEP Leads Disaster Preparedness Assessment in Kosovo
A team from our Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness (CMEP) program was recently in Kosovo to conduct a disaster preparedness capabilities assessment. The team was led by CCMR faculty Ashley Woodson and Karl Frantz, and included experts specializing in emergency management, GIS, and public affairs from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Iowa National Guard State Partnership Program.
Maritime Security Program Delivers Seminar for CAMRI Participants
In support of US Southern Command and the State Department’s Central American Maritime Regional Initiative (CAMRI), CCMR’s Maritime Security Program conducted a two-week seminar in Monterey, California.
The first of its kind, the course was attended by sixteen individuals from six CAMRI-eligible countries, including Belize (4), Costa Rica (2), El Salvador (3), Guatemala (3), Honduras, and Panama (3). The discussion addressed numerous transnational maritime threats, strategic and operational-level challenges, opportunities, and methodologies related to a broad range of current maritime security issues in the region.
Civil Military Relations Program Facilitates Discussion on Media and the Military in Niamey
SC&RE Conducts Seminar for the West Virginia National Guard in Support of State Partnership with Qatar
The Security Cooperation & Regional Education (SC&RE) program conducted a state partnership program workshop for the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) and attending Qatari delegate from 5-7 February 2019. The seminar aimed to enhance the understanding of the WVNG of the historical and socio-political context of their partner and the unique characteristics of the Qatari Armed Forces along with other areas of cooperation.