Institute for Security Governance (ISG)


The Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) Institute for Security Governance (ISG) is the Department of Defense’s leading implementer for Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) and one of its strategic international schoolhouses. Established in April 2019, ISG is headquartered in Monterey, Cali., co-located on Naval Support Activity Monterey, with personnel based at the DSCU campus in Arlington, Va., near geographic combatant commands, and at other locations throughout the United States.

As a component of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), ISG is charged with building partner institutional capacity and capability through tailored advising, education, and professional development programs grounded in American values and approaches. ISG is staffed by professional Security Cooperation practitioners, academics, and supporting personnel.  Since its founding as the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) in 1994, and its expanded mission in April 2019, ISG has rapidly evolved into the Department of Defense’s premier Security Cooperation innovator, advancing improved practices and concepts in civil-military relations; democratic good governance; peacekeeping operations; combating terrorism; and Institutional Capacity Building.


ISG programs are funded by both Title 10 and Title 22 appropriations.