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Institutional Capacity Building

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Security cooperation projects that enhance the capacity of partner nations to exercise responsible civilian control of its national security forces, contribute to collective security, and absorb, apply, and sustain national security capabilities.


Title 10 U.S.C., Ch. 16, § 332, 333, and 342


Country teams work through Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs) to nominate proposals to Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff for approval; DSCA provides program management and execution through the following DoD Defense Institution Building tools managed and implemented by DSCA.

Defense Institution Reform Initiative (DIRI)

Wales Initiative Funds (WIF)

The Ministry of Defense Advisor Program (MoDA)

Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS)

The Regional Centers for Strategic Studies

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies

The Asia Pacific Center Security Studies

The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

The Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Strategic Studies

The Partner Outreach and Collaboration Support (POCS)

The Center for Civil Military Relations (CCMR)

          The Defense Governance Management Team


Annual Appropriation:

MoDA—Defense Wide Operations and Maintenance and Overseas Contingency Operations Fund 

Regional Centers—Defense Wide Operations and Maintenance and funding from International and Interagency Partners

CCMR—Defense Wide Operations and Maintenance and Title 22 funding