Andrew Wade Made Honorary Member of the ISG Family
In May, ISG recognized Andrew Wade, Director of Research within Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, in a virtual ceremony acknowledging his efforts as an honorary member of the ISG team. Andrew was vital to the planning, coordination, and execution of four engagements with one of ISG's priority partners. Andrew did this on a volunteer basis in addition to his full-time job, sacrificing numerous evenings and weekends to participate in calls, prepare documents, coordinate, and travel with the ISG team. ISG was proud to present Andrew with an ISG challenge coin and a certificate of appreciation for his numerous contributions to ISG and the larger Security Cooperation mission.
ISG's Bob Tomasovic Wins Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s World Excellence Award
Mr. Robert Tomasovic distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service as the Program Manager of Exercises and Regional Programs at the Institute for Security Governance October 2001 to May 2021. During this period, Mr. Tomasovic demonstrated outstanding professional skill, knowledge and leadership in working with the Army and the CCMR-ISG leadership to establish the regional program in May 2000. Mr. Tomasovic spearheaded the effort to coordinate directly with DoD leadership to provide senior military leaders with the necessary geopolitical framework to understand the unique challenges of conducting full spectrum operations in rapidly changing environments. From that point, he, with the team of ISG faculty, have educated more than 100,000 military leaders deploying to regions around the world. His keen attention to detail allowed ISG to execute regional workshops as well multinational exercises flawlessly, drawing praise from the Army, National Guard, US Army Pacific and the partner nation leadership. Mr. Tomasovic’s service to the Agency reflects great credit upon himself, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency and the Department of Defense.
This month we bid farewell to Mr. Mark Kalber, a retired USAF officer with 26 years of service (retired as O-6/Colonel), after an impressive ten years and five months with the institute. Mark holds Masters’ degrees in Management and National Security Strategy; has served as an American Political Science Association legislative fellow with the US House of Representatives; and completed the MIT Seminar XXI fellowship program on Foreign Policy International Relations and the National Interest.
Mark had a long relationship with ISG (formerly the Center for Civil Military Relations or CCMR) while assigned as the Director of International Affairs for the National Guard Bureau. There, he used CCMR (ISG) Leadership Development Programs (LDESP) to support the educational component of the National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP). The first program using CCMR/LDESP was to support the then newly inaugurated SPP program between Bosnia-Herzegovina and the State of Maryland in 2001.
Mark was initially hired to manage the Defense Institution Building (DIB) programs for Central Asia, specifically, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. That portfolio later expanded to include the Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. In that capacity, he was responsible for coordinating DIB efforts between OSD-Policy, the Geographic Combat Commands (Central Command and European Command), and the US country teams in the individual countries.
Mark says he is most proud of our efforts to build institutional and real defense capacity in the Republic of Georgia, which had been invaded in August of 2008, and remains occupied to this day by Russian Forces. Secondly, he is proud of the significant progress made in modernizing the Soviet-style forces of Kazakhstan, including supporting a policy shift towards a blended constrict/contract force structure, modernized training, and Human Resource Management. These policy shifts also became legislative changes in Kazakh law. Mark points out that none of these efforts could have been accomplished without the excellent civilian contractor subject matter experts, specifically the years-long hard work of Ms. Lisa Vining (BAH), Mr. Jim Boling, Mr. Bob Fix (RAND), and many more experts who made significant contributions to US security cooperation objectives.
In 2021, Mark received the DSCA World of Excellence Award for advancing DSCA’s objectives and mission as one of the original Regional Program Leads (RPLs) in the ICB program. Mark has provided overall security cooperation planning, resourcing, and implementation leadership for ISG ICB and broader security cooperation engagements in the EUCOM Caucasus, and CENTCOM Central Asia regions. For over a decade, Mark has successfully provided active leadership, guidance, and oversight to a range of regional programs and projects. Beginning in 2010, Mark took on broader missions to initiate ICB programs and actions in Central Asia, particularly with Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan. In 2015, Mark also coordinated and executed the first ever US cyber security engagement in Turkmenistan and added the Caucasus region to his areas of responsibility. In 2017, he managed the integration of Training Management, Human Resource Management, Acquisition & Procurement, and Financial Management into the OSD initiated/EUCOM executed Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP). With DSCA's acquisition of CCMR and stand-up of ISG in 2019, Mark played an important role in collaborating with ISG and DSCA colleagues to realign programs, establish and continue tweaking systems and processes, expand planning and monitoring requirements, support and enable ICB reporting to the Interagency and Congress, and find new ways to incorporate ICB into broader security cooperation. In the last year, Mark has worked hard to find new ways to virtually engage with partner-nations to ensure ongoing ICB projects continue and new ICB requirements can be established.
Mark says that working with the entire CCMR/ISG team has been a highlight of his professional life. He especially enjoyed long discussions with former CCMR director Rich Hoffman, who he touts as one of the best-read individuals he has ever known, a passionate supporter of the people, and an invaluable asset to CCMR whose passion to support the people was unparalleled. Mark plans to take some time off until fall, when he'll consider returning to adjunct teaching at the university level. From everyone here at ISG, we’re grateful for your service!
Ivy Quach joined the Management, Operations & Administration Division (MOA) of the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) in September 2019 as a member of the Finance team. In her role as the lead budget analyst for ISG, her work focuses on coordinating with the Division Principal, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) HQ, embassies, NETSAFA, staff, and program leads on budget inquiries with policies and guidance on Title 22 and Title 10 funds.
Ivy says what she enjoys most about her position with ISG is working with all the different programs to ensure our mission continues. Ivy says that “working with all the types of funding that comes to ISG, my ‘fun’ is finding innovative ways to automate our data and learning new tools to track our reports. We are always problem solving and looking at ways to improve our process! The most rewarding part of my role is having a wonderful team that is dedicated, knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor.”
Ivy is a certified scuba diver and loves exploring new territories, hiking, camping, and traveling with her 2-year-old son.
Lance Sells, ISG's Peacekeeping Lead whose portfolio recently grew to include the Exercises Portfolio, oversees the execution of 35+ Peacekeeping events each year (COVID excluded). He is responsible for managing ISG Peacekeeping training activities and exercise support across each of the COCOM AORs.
Lance joined the Institute after serving as a US Africa Command Security Engagements Desk officer and developing strategies and coordinating engagements with most of the countries in West Africa. A retired Army Foreign Area Officer and Military Police Officer, Lance’s military career is similarly wide-ranging, including tours as the Defense Attaché to Guinea, an Intelligence Analyst at the National Joint Operations Intelligence Center, a Foreign Military Sales Section Chief in Afghanistan, and two Company level Commands as a Military Police Officer and a Recruiter, respectively. Lance first became aware of ISG (then CCMR) as a Defense Attaché where he helped enable Guinea to train, equip, and deploy its first peacekeeping units to Mali, and relied heavily on DGMT engagements to fill a critical institutional reform need following Guinea’s transition from military rule to democracy.
Lance is a Graduate of West Point and holds Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. Lance lives in Pacific Grove with his wife, Kristin, and twins Cassandra and Alexander.