In the ever-evolving landscape of international security assistance and defense cooperation, individuals like Darryl Long shine as beacons of dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment. For over a decade, Mr. Long has been an integral part of the Institute for Security Governance, leaving an indelible mark on the organization and its mission.
Mr. Darryl Long's journey with ISG began in April 2012, when he assumed the role of Western Hemisphere Regional Program Lead within its Regional Advising Division following a distinguished military career in the U.S. Army during the Cold War; the Drug War, the War on Terrorism; and culminating in consecutive U.S. Embassy assignments in Bolivia, Colombia, and Pakistan.
Since then, Darryl Long's expertise and dedication to the Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) mission has spanned over one dozen countries in the Western Hemisphere. His tireless ICB advocacy with allies and partners developed and/or strengthened bilateral and multilateral defense relationships. His visionary ICB leadership fostered increasingly sophisticated Department of Defense, NATO, and hemispheric leader discussions regarding defense and security policy, strategy, plans, and programs.
When asked about his advice for colleagues, Mr. Long's words echo his enduring spirit: “Continue to fight the good fight on behalf of our nation and our global partners.” As a life-long “Latin Americanist,” he inevitably also wanted to thank all his Central and South American friends and colleagues with whom he’s had the privilege of working for almost four decades.
Darryl, we thank you for your work with our partners, for your professionalism and kindness to your ISG colleagues, and for your investment in the mission of this organization. We wish you fair winds and following seas.
The ISG Team is comprised of over 110 civilian government faculty and staff, to include a robust contract support team. Drawing from their experience at ISG and their backgrounds in military, government, industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations, ISG personnel consistently bring to bear their subject matter expertise in both formal ISG mission work as well as in external intellectual presentations and publications.
In FY23, ISG experts engaged in +20 speaking and media activities, and published half a dozen articles and thought pieces, in venues aimed at academic, government, military, industry, and general public audiences. For example, speaking venues have included the United States Army Special Operations Command, the Tesla Government Civil Affairs Working Group, the International Studies Association, and the U.S. Naval Academy; while publishing venues have included the United States Air Force JAG Reporter, War on the Rocks, and Chatham House International Affairs Review.
Mr. Nicholas Tomb Speaks at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Mr. Nicholas Tomb spoke at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA to present to their summer program cohort on U.S. Security Cooperation and careers in international relations. Additionally, he was able to participate in a virtual presentation to the Tesla Government Civil Affairs Working Group, where his presentation centered on Civil-Military Operations (CMO) as a practical means to perform Civil Affairs to enhance Civil-Military Relations.
Ms. Michelle Cortez Participates in DSCA Resiliency Panel
Well done to Ms. Michelle Cortez for her participation in DSCA July Resiliency Panel. Ms. Cortez shared the story of her young daughter’s critical health issues and relayed how going through this unfathomable challenge has made her family not just stronger but more compassionate as well.
Mr. Dave Shealy Speaks to Northeastern University Students in Sarajevo
During a recent Institutional Capacity Building engagement in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, ISG Logistics Functional Lead Mr. Dave Shealy had the opportunity to mentor Northeastern University students on a study abroad program. Mr. Shealy shared insights on the Balkan war in the 90s, the status of NATO, the war in Ukraine, and the ICB work the U.S. is doing, both in the Balkans, and other critical Allies in Europe.
Dr. Whitney Grespin Awarded Fellowships
Congratulations to Dr. Whitney Grespin on her appointment as a Visiting Research Fellow with the prestigious King's College London at the Defence Academy, her alma mater. Considered to be one of the world's best universities, King's College London ranks in the top 35 universities worldwide. Dr. Grespin was also named a 2023-24 Non-Resident Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University.
Ms. Ashley Woodson Participates in Center for Climate Fellowship Program
Kudos to Ms. Ashley Woodson for being selected to participate in the Center for Climate and Security's "Climate Security Fellowship" program from September 2023 to May 2024. We're excited to see what she brings back to the Institute in light of the new climate security initiative supported by U.S. Department of State.
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