ISG is a component of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) situated within the Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) International School of Education and Advising (ISEA).


DSCA Director Visits ISG

Photo Detail: DSCA Director Heidi Grant and ISG Director Steven Peterson shake hands in Monterey, CA (23 June 2021)

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) was honored to host Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Director Heidi Grant and a delegation from DSCA last week (22-24 June 2021) at ISG headquarters in Monterey, CA. The Director was accompanied by Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) Acting President David Sobyra, as well as DSCA Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Director CMSgt Daniel Simpson and DSCA Senior Military Assistant to the Director Col Malcolm Pharr. This trip—Director Grant’s first to ISG’s campus since her appointment in August 2020—was aimed at learning more about the Department of Defense’s premier institutional capacity implementer and key international military education and training schoolhouse. View full article here.


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.


ISG's Resident Advisor Program

This year, the Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) Program officially joined the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) Institute for Security Governance (ISG). MoDA was established in 2009 to advance Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) mission and implementation; promote responsible governance, management, and use of security forces; strengthen relationships and institutions to advance reliable partnerships; and enable Security Cooperation investments with supporting and effective partner institutions. The MoDA mission, hereinafter the Resident Advisory Program, is to advance national security and foreign policy objectives by building partner institutional capabilities and enhancing the approach and conduct of ICB to address security challenges. The Resident Advisory Program partners senior Department of Defense (DoD) civilian experts with foreign counterparts to improve security governance capacity in key areas, such as acquisition and logistics, personnel and readiness, strategy and policy, human resource management, and financial management

Since 2010, the Program has recruited, trained, and deployed 600 senior DoD civilians to over 20 countries and is highly regarded by senior leaders within our Defense Department and Ministerial heads around the globe.

The goal of ISG’s Resident Advisory Program is to standardize the selection and training of the Department’s highest civilian performers and transform them into the world’s best resident advisors. Since 2010, the Program has recruited, trained, and deployed 600 senior DoD civilians to over 20 countries and is highly regarded by senior leaders within our Defense Department and Ministerial heads around the globe. Resident Advisors work as a team with other ICB elements to ensure ICB projects are aligned with other Security Cooperation activities, including global train and equip and foreign military sales. Deployed Resident Advisors are embedded within partner nations to best achieve national security and foreign policy goals and objectives. The Resident Advisory Program provides trained Department of Defense resident advisors in support of global United States security cooperation and institutional capability building efforts in partner nations.

The Resident Advisory Program provides trained Department of Defense resident advisors in support of global United States security cooperation and institutional capability building efforts in partner nations.

The Resident Advisory Program operates under the FY12 National Defense Authorization Act’s (NDAA) provided global authority (Title 10, Section 332A), and through DSCA security cooperation cases, enabling the program to deploy DoD civilians for up to two years to assist foreign counterparts in developing critical security governance and institutional defense capabilities. Finding local solutions to local problems is the primary objective of any Resident Advisor serving in a partner nation. Security Cooperation professionals are trained to develop and implement a full-spectrum capability for the partner using all the tools in the Security Cooperation toolbox. Resident Advisor candidates have a complementary and unique role in the Security Cooperation Enterprise. Resident Advisors are professionals who, by their daily proximity to the partner and their expertise, can influence and shape outcomes supporting the partner and US national security goals.

To learn more about ISG’s Resident Advisory Program, check out this two-pager, read this write-up from the DoD, or tune in to this November 2020 radio interview with DSCA’s Laura Alami conducted by Tom Temin with the Federal News Network.


Dr. Jarrett (Ryan) Moses

Dr. Ryan Moses joined the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) in May 2021 as a Senior Lecturer for the Logistics Capacity Building team in the Education & Professional Practice Division. Dr. Moses teaches and works with partner nations on Institutional Capacity Building (ICB), specifically in logistics, and supports the Joint Logistics Enterprise and Geographic Combatant Commands with integrating logistics activities into the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Security Cooperation projects.

Prior to joining ISG, Dr. Moses served over 20 years in the United States Army and Joint Duty assignments. His most recent position was as an Assistant Professor of Defense Strategy, Acquisition, Resourcing, and Strategic Leadership at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, DC, where he taught graduate level public administration and strategic leadership courses to senior military officers, government civilian and interagency employees, and international military fellows from several different countries.

Dr. Moses holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of North Georgia (the Military College of Georgia), a Master of Science in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Business Administration in Public Administration from Northcentral University.


Mark Kalber

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!


ISG in Georgia and Ukraine

CMEP Georgia National Exercise Program Workshop (virtual), April 26-28, 2021: This workshop was the first in a series of three in 2021 with the focus on developing foundational policy, doctrine, and supporting governance for a National Exercise Program (NEP) in Georgia. This event brought together 25 representatives from various Georgian ministries and other national organizations; the US Army Corps of Engineers; the US Georgia National Guard State Partnership Program; and several subject matter experts. The Georgia NEP is designed to unify national efforts to demonstrate, examine, and validate national emergency preparedness and crisis management capabilities.

CMEP Ukraine Interagency Resilience Workshop Series, 2020-2022: In cooperation with the Ukraine Cabinet of Ministers of Europe and Euro-Atlantic Integration, this Interagency Resilience Workshop Series supports US European Command, the Office of Defense Cooperation, and efforts to build national resilience, counter Russian aggression, and support Ukraine as a secure, free, and prosperous state.

ISG Workshop Sets the Stage for the Wisconsin State Partnership Program with Papua New Guinea

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) conducted the state partnership program workshop for the Wisconsin National Guard (WING) and their partner, the Papua New Guinea Defense Forces (PNGDF), at the National Guard Headquarters, Madison, Wisconsin from 25-27 May 2021. The workshop aimed to enhance WING’s understanding of the historical and socio-political context of their partner, provide guidance on US and international partner priorities for the country, and establish a framework for working with the Papua New Guinea (PNG), setting the stage for a review and discussion of potential areas of cooperation between state and country.

The workshop was executed as a hybrid event, with some participants attending the event in person and others attending virtually. WING and ISG facilitated and brought together a diverse group of subject matter experts from academia, the Marine Corps University, the Australian Defense Force, Border Patrol and the Nevada National Guard (partnered with Fiji) to dialogue with the participants.

The Wisconsin National Guard was selected to begin a new partnership with Papua New Guinea in July of 2020. The partnership brings together the country and state to interact in a broad range of cooperative engagements on various topics including homeland defense, disaster response, crisis management and inter-agency cooperation. In addition to defense security, a partnership with the Wisconsin National Guard has the potential to assist Papua New Guinea in security operation activities such as emergency management and disaster response, border and port security and natural resource protection. The Wisconsin National Guard maintains an existing state partnership with Nicaragua, which began in 2003. The State has a unique history with Papua New Guinea and the 32nd Infantry Division during the Second World War.

Maj Gen Knapp provided opening remarks on the US-only session on 25 May 2021. The workshop set the stage for WING to leverage interagency relationships as they begin to think through their significant security cooperation initiatives and potential areas of cooperation. ISG has been conducting orientations for newly established state partnerships each year since 2004, under the direction of the National Guard Bureau, and look forward to years of partnership as both Papua New Guinea and WING learn from each other.


Ivy Quach

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

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.


26 Jul - 06 Aug 2021: P179018 Civil-Military Responses to Terrorism

The Civil-Military Responses to Terrorism course provides a thorough understanding of terrorism in all its forms, with considerable emphasis on strategy formulation and international cooperation. The program utilizes case studies and a tabletop exercise to stimulate thoughtful discussion, providing participants with the insight needed by decision makers and their advisors in designing successful strategies to defeat terrorist networks, protect citizens and property, and address the root causes of terrorism.

09 - 20 Aug 2021: P179548 Civil-Military Approaches to Maritime Security

This course is structured to provide an overview of various maritime transnational threats; risk and governance selfassessment exercises; and strategies and solutions for governments to effectively prevent, prepare for, and manage the consequences of maritime threats. The Maritime Security (MARSEC) functional area at the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) tailors each of its courses to the specific conditions and requirements of the selected audience, focusing on the strategic and operational levels.

23 Aug - 17 Sep 2021: P179897 Securing the State: Building Institutions for National Security

This four-week resident course equips participants with the skills needed to utilize capabilities-based assessments to identify capability gaps in the security and defense arenas. The course uses a mix of lecture, interactive small-group sessions, simulation exercises, and discussion with subject matter experts to explore how to prepare national security institutions to address national security threats. The course offers approaches to establish healthy civil-military relations and interagency coordination to ensure effective, whole-of-government responses to national security challenges.


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