The Defense Security Cooperation University’s Institute for Security Governance is the Department of Defense’s leading implementer for Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) and one of its primary International Schoolhouses.


This issue celebrates ISG’s Fourth Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award win • Spotlights the DSCU Presidential Visit to ISG & DRMI • Reminisces about ISG’s Successful On-Site in Monterey • Welcomes five new, impressive Regional Advising and Functional Leads • Delves into how the Royal Jordanian Navy is Securing and Protecting its Maritime Borders • Highlights ISG’s Support for 2023 Exercise Keris Aman • Details how Ghana’s Maritime Security is a Win for the United States • Offers a standing ovation to Budget Analyst Lead, Ms. Angela Eccles • Profiles the "Women’s Integration into the Armed Forces” Seminar in Colombia • Bids fair winds & following seas to Regional Advising Senior Principal, Mr. David Manero • Provides a brief roundup of the many external fora in which ISG colleagues present and publish.


ISG Wins Fourth Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) Ukraine Ministry of Defense Resident Advisor (MoDA) team was awarded the 2023 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award for Sustainment Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Military Forces, Ministerial category. The Institute has won this award three times for its previous capacity building work in Europe, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and in Colombia.

Through the stalwart efforts of the five MoDAs assigned to Ukraine, the MoDA Program Support team, and ISG’s Ukraine Regional Program Lead, the Department of Defense demonstrated unwavering U.S. commitment to Ukraine amidst a major Russian military offensive, delivering a wide spectrum of advice and assistance to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

The accomplishments recognized as a part of this effort were rooted in the following mission:

“The primary objective of the ISG Ukraine team is to guide Security Cooperation (SC) engagement that directly supports partner nation improvements in security sector governance and core defense management competencies. Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) is one of several SC activities in DSCA’s full-spectrum approach to assist partner nations to successfully support our shared security objectives. To this end, the Ukraine Ministry of Defense Resident Advisors (MoDAs) provide critical subject matter expertise at the executive level within the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MoD), leveraging key relationships to identify institutional challenges or capability gaps, and facilitate our Ukrainian partner's problem-solving effort toward enduring solutions that build defense institutional capacity in support of our shared security interests.”

A formal award ceremony took place in San Diego on December 19, where Regional Advising Principal for Europe, Mr. Erik Stohlmann, was in attendance to receive the award. Read more about the award and more other recipients here.

DSCU President Visits ISG & DRMI

ISG and the Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) were honored to host Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) President Dr. Celeste W. Gventer at Naval Support Activity Monterey in October.

During her visit, Dr. Gventer shared insights on the University's vital initiatives, including its fall Security Cooperation Conference; its ongoing improvements to the Security Cooperation Certification process; and its investment in the University’s Advising, Training, and Education missions.

It was a valuable opportunity to connect with faculty and staff from both institutions, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the realm of Security Cooperation, Defense Education, and Institutional Capacity Building. This important engagement set the stage for future collaboration and growth. Thank you, Dr. Gventer for prioritizing this visit to Monterey.

ISG On-Site in Monterey

The ISG Team came together in late November for a four-day On-Site gathering in Monterey, California, and online. During the On-Site, Director Ian Wexler welcomed all in attendance, shared important results from a recent ISG Climate Survey, and elaborated on how he intends to incorporate the rich feedback he received into the way forward.

“A Walk Through ISG” was presented over the course of two days by various colleagues, highlighting the Institute's various major portfolios. All sessions provided a dynamic platform for learning and for making new connections about the impactful mission and the complex mechanics of the Institute's work.

As the Institute continues to grow in numbers and in reach, the On-Site gathering served as an invaluable opportunity to communicate and collaborate with one another in one-on-ones and in small groups around the important work that we all share.


Miguel “Mike” Castellanos

Nigeria Country Program Lead

Charles “Billy” Duke

Africa Regional Program Lead

Timothy Maricle

Middle East Regional Program Lead

James Ross

Regional Advising Principal for the Indo-Pacific

Samantha Turner

Women, Peace, & Security Faculty Advisor


Royal Jordanian Navy Maritime Domain Awareness Capability Based Assessment: Securing and Protecting the Maritime Borders of Jordan

In July 2023, ISG’s Jordan team – working with the Royal Jordanian Navy (RJN) – completed a 7-month Capability Based Assessment (CBA) focused on Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). The U.S. Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché (SDO/DATT) and Military Assistance Program-Jordan (MAP-J) initiated the CBA in order to support Jordanian efforts to secure the maritime borders of Jordan, secure the vital infrastructure of the Port of Aqaba, and enable the establishment of a Coast Guard unit.

At the outset of the MDA CBA, Colonel Hisham Khaleel Al Jarrah, Commander of the RJN stated:

“Under the visionary guidance of the Chairman of Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), a Capability-Based Building Effort in the realm of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) is being strategically pursued to attain His Majesty's King Abdullah II vision. This initiative entails a comprehensive approach to enhancing the nation's capacity to comprehend, manage, and secure maritime activities. By prioritizing the development of cutting-edge technologies, robust surveillance systems, data fusion techniques and a skilled workforce, this endeavor aims to strengthen the homeland's maritime surveillance capabilities. This proactive strategy aligns with His Majesty's vision for a secure and thriving maritime environment, ensuring the protection of vital maritime interests, effective response to threats, and the sustainable management of maritime resources.”

Over the course of 7-months, the MDA CBA Committee assessed the RJN’s current ability to conduct holistic Maritime Domain Awareness and determined future requirements to enhance Jordan’s ability to monitor, interdict, and protect against maritime-based threats as outlined in the RJN MDA Future Concept. The Committee completed a baseline assessment and executed the Capability, Gap, and Solutions Analysis phases of the CBA, resulting in the development of recommendations to close or mitigate identified gaps.

Integral to the success of the CBA was the development of a RJN MDA Future Concept, detailing a multi-tiered maritime security operational management and response framework utilizing organic, inorganic, and dynamic response capabilities to detect, deter, identify, intercept, and interdict threats that might threaten Jordanian national security. The Concept served as the basis for determining capabilities required to execute future maritime domain awareness operations and in turn enabled the identification of capability gaps between “as is” and “to be” capabilities. Detailed analysis established 15 new or critical capabilities and 54 separate tasks deemed necessary to execute the RJN MDA Future Concept. Gaps identified were refined into 5 primary gaps, which were prioritized by their potential impact and likelihood of occurrence. To mitigate the identified gaps, the MDA CBA Committee proposed potential solution approaches across the entirety of the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leader Development, Personnel, Facilities, and Policy (DOTMLPF-P) framework and organized them under four lines of effort in the MDA CBA implementation plan:

  • Force Design (Organization and Personnel)
  • Force Design (Materiel Upgrades and Procurements)
  • Training Needs
  • Logistics Improvements

In order to more effectively address the gaps identified in the CBA, the RJN Commander directed that the organization, personnel, and logistics activities be closely aligned and nested with existing JAF-wide Human Capital Development and Logistics modernization CBA implementation efforts. The RJN CDR stated “The MDA CBA is realistic, practical, and well organized. ”

Of particular significance throughout the execution of the CBA was the JAF Chairman’s mandate to establish a Coast Guard unit within the RJN organizational structure. This pressing requirement necessitated the completion of the CBA within a compressed timeline and required the MDA CBA Committee to conduct a dedicated analysis of Coast Guard requirements, including determination of an effective organizational structure, identification of personnel requirements based on operational requirements, and an analysis of Coast Guard fleet requirements.

The RJN will now brief the outputs of the MDA CBA to the Jordanian Armed Forces Requirements Oversight Committee. Once approved by the Chairman, the implementation of the MDA CBA will secure Jordan’s maritime borders and protect the port of Aqaba and its critical infrastructure.


ISG Supports 2023 Exercise Keris Aman

ISG’s Peacekeeping and Exercises (PKX) Team recently concluded its support to Exercise Keris Aman 23 – co-hosted by the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) at the Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Keris Aman 23 ran from August 13-26, 2023, and is the largest annual international peacekeeping field training exercises in the world. Keris Aman 23 enables instructors from multiple countries to integrate and provide cross education, further strengthening interoperability between allies and partners.

Nearly 800 personnel, including 66 U.S. and 426 Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) personnel participated. Keris Aman 23 consisted of UN peacekeeping operations staff training, field training events in areas such as explosive ordnance disposal, medical planning/first aid, patrolling, checkpoint operations, and gender protection. This critical enabler staff and field training focused on UN and international peacekeeping and stability operations.

With funding support from the U.S. State Department’s Global Programs and Initiatives (GPOI), ISG played a central role in the overall success of this exercise. Epitomizing the Train-the-Trainer concept, the ISG PKX Team executed two preceding Lane Training Development events that prepared trainers from the 19 participating countries to design, and then to lead, the training on six Field training lanes and four Staff training lanes during the exercise. The 50 Instructors trained in this process, and then went on to train most of the personnel participating in the Keris Aman 23 exercise.

Throughout the exercise, ISG’s 13 subject matter experts guided and mentored the training cadre to further develop their instructional skills and methodologies that they will subsequently carry home with them to their national peacekeeping training centers.

Military personnel traveled from across the Indo-Pacific to participate in the exercise. Partner nations included Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uruguay and Vietnam. Notably, many of the participants have already been assigned for near-term service in ongoing United Nations Peacekeeping missions and/or service in their national peacekeeping training centers.

At the closing ceremony, MAF Joint Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Haji Fazal Bin Haji Abdul Rahman, highlighted:

“Personnel in peacekeeping missions come from diverse organizations and nations yet must coordinate together in each peacekeeping mission. The collective experiences gained from this multinational exercise are far beyond what we could have obtained on our own. It has provided us with priceless exposures, experiences, and lessons that will be a guiding platform to enhance our capabilities and continuously prepare for any uncertainties.”

During the exercise, Malaysian, American, and other partner nation forces worked together to enhance interoperability and mission effectiveness in common tactics, techniques, and procedures in accordance with UN doctrine, with the objective of furthering UN peacekeeping troop performance in regional peace operations.

ISG will also support next year’s iteration of the multinational peacekeeping exercise series which will be Shanti Prayas IV at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Center in Panchkhal, Nepal in February of 2024.


A Win for Ghana’s Maritime Security is a Win for the United States

At the culmination of the African Heads of State conference in Washington, D.C. in August 2014, the President announced the creation of the Security Governance Initiative (SGI). SGI focused on six African partner nations, including the Republic of Ghana. Bilateral engagements with Ghanaian officials in 2014-2016 culminated in the development of a Joint Country Action Plan (JCAP). The JCAP identified three focus areas of partnership. Focus Area 1 articulated a desired end state in which Ghana is better positioned to identify, mitigate, and respond to maritime threats, as well ensure economic sustainability and development in its waters, by developing and employing a whole-of-government National Integrated Maritime Strategy (NIMS).

Over a two-year timespan, 2017 – 2019, ISG conducted a series of ten engagements with the Government of Ghana’s interagency Maritime Security Technical Working Group (MSTWG) to draft the NIMS. This process was tremendously complex and involved convening multiple maritime stakeholders vying for responsibility and limited resources. Given the ambiguity around the approval of the NIMS, ISG and the MSTWG concluded that the strategy would only be executed if stakeholders were specifically directed to implement it by the highest levels of government—specifically, by the president of the republic. At the conclusion of the program, the MSTWG sent the final draft strategy to the Ministers of National Security and Transportation for submission to the presidential cabinet.

Shortly after submission, the world was gripped with the COVID-19 pandemic, and business as usual ceased. Periodic, informal check-ins over the next three years resulted in no new information about the status of the NIMS. It seemed to have completely disappeared. Suddenly (and apparently unbeknownst to the MSTWG members), in his keynote address at the National Blue Economy Summit on June 1, 2023, President Akufo-Addo unexpectedly referenced the NIMS and noted that the government would soon be implementing the new maritime strategy. This brought the NIMS back to life. The MSTWG focal point and other key stakeholders started conducting a series of press conferences and interviews on major Ghanaian news outlets to promote the strategy. On August 29, 2023, President Akufo-Addo presided over the official launch of the NIMS at the Burma Camp military base in Accra.

Upon implementation, it is envisioned that the NIMS will coordinate efforts to promote maritime security, economic development, and environmental protection. It includes a funding mechanism (drawing funds from the Ghana Maritime Authority, Ports and Harbours Authority, and National Petroleum Corporation) to fund a secretariate to oversee implementation. ISG and the MSTWG drafted the associated Strategic Communications Plan and Strategic Implementation Framework back in 2019, but these documents could be revisited and revised as a next step.

ISG project lead Nick Tomb expressed deep satisfaction with the signing of the NIMS. He noted that it will empower Ghana to take a strategic, comprehensive approach to challenges and opportunities in its maritime domain, and positions Ghana as a model to other countries in the region. ISG Institutional Capacity Building success stories like this demonstrate how the investment of time, a tailored approach, and the development of long-term relationships, support outcomes that enable partners to own the approach and develop institutional capabilities and shared U.S. objectives.


Budget Analyst Lead, Ms. Angela Eccles

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) is comprised of a diverse team of experienced individuals. Ms. Angela Eccles is no exception, as is evidenced by her impressive arc of achievements throughout her career. Her time at ISG is especially notable, prompting us to thank her for her contributions and honor her with this Standing Ovation highlight. Ms. Eccles joined the ISG in February 2008 as a member of the contract support team, having served in multiple roles during her tenure In September 2022, Ms. Eccles transitioned to a government role, leading the Institute Operation’s Budget and Finance Team. As the Budget Analyst Lead, Ms. Eccles provides direct oversight of programming, budgeting, execution, and review of the Institute’s various funding sources to include one-year and multi-year accounts under multiple appropriations and authorities. We recently asked Ms. Eccles a few questions to learn more about her work and her inspiration and to share the answers with her colleagues.

Can you share a brief overview of your professional journey and the key milestones that have led you to your current role?

Soon after graduating from college, I spent numerous years in the non-profit sector, then private industry, before working with the Department of Defense (DoD) as a defense contractor. As a DoD contractor, I grew my skills from contract administration to finance, eventually leading the program support and finance teams. When the Center for Civil Military Relations transitioned to the Institute for Security Governance in April 2019, my role evolved to that of Finance Manager for the contracted finance team, which was a tremendous growth experience and key milestone.

Another significant milestone was learning how to lead in a remote environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. My role as a manager changed, and I had to adapt accordingly. From finding numerous ways to build camaraderie to creating opportunities for effective communication, it was a humbling experience, and not without hiccups. However, it also taught me how to succeed in a challenging environment, creating both personal and professional resilience. During the pandemic, I began an MPA program, another key milestone, which tested my abilities, expanded my capacity for learning, and helped me realize how much I could accomplish.

What are some of the most significant projects or achievements you've been involved in during your time at ISG, and how do you feel they have impacted the organization or your team?

One of the most significant achievements has been my contribution to the justification in receiving funding for unfunded requirements (UFRs). Over the last five years, I’ve helped ISG obtain approximately $14M in UFRs, allowing for increased Security Cooperation execution and associated support costs.

Another significant endeavor was the transition from the Defense Institution Reform Initiative (DIRI) and Wales Initiative Funds (WIF) funding to ISG and International Security Cooperation Program (ISCP) funds for Title 10 Institutional Capacity Building projects. This transition required significant churn and realignment of duties, increasing the entire team’s workload exponentially. We finally have a great system for tracking and execution, but it has been a team effort.

Finally, attaining my MPA while working full time (and changing jobs!) was hugely significant for me. I appreciated being able to apply what I learned in real-world situations in my daily work.

Many people find inspiration and motivation in various places. Are there any role models, mentors, or personal experiences that have shaped your career and approach to your work? How have they influenced your professional development?

It may sound a bit cliché, but my mother continues to be a source of motivation, as she instilled in me at an early age that hard work, dedication, and resiliency are cornerstones to success.

An early role model in my professional career was the Executive Director at the non-profit I worked for. He was tough but fair, and unwaveringly honest, earning the respect of those who worked with and for him.

There have been multiple leaders within ISG that have helped me develop both personally and professionally. I owe a great deal to them as they helped me develop and build my skillset and confidence, particularly during my transition from contractor to government. Additionally, my team (both government and contractor) continues to provide me with the motivation and drive to improve, specifically where I have had to adapt both communication and teaching styles among a diverse team. Their impressive and varying backgrounds remind me there is more than one way to learn, lead, and teach.

ISG has seen its needs evolve over the years. How would you describe how you've adapted and transformed your skills and approaches to align with ISG's changing requirements? What advice encouragement would you give to others who are just starting out or might need a fresh look at their career path?

Over the last 15 years, I have watched ISG transform many times, and one must remain flexible and open to change, even though change can be incredibly difficult. For folks starting out, I would say do not be afraid to fail and to ask for help when needed. That also includes communicating failures, learning from them, then moving on. Excellent and honest communication and accountability help build trust.

What is one piece of advice you would offer your colleagues?

“One piece of advice to my colleagues is to maintain enthusiasm and dedication to the mission, even during challenging times or with mundane tasks. Demonstrating excellence daily allows leadership to see your commitment, which can lead to growth opportunities.”

We are extremely fortunate to include accomplished professionals like Ms. Eccles among our ranks and are pleased to offer this Standing Ovation from ISG’s leadership and colleagues. Angela, you are a tremendous leader and teammate, and we are inspired by your journey and your achievements.


ISG's “Women’s Integration into the Armed Forces” Seminar Wraps in Colombia

ISG recently partnered with the Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy Colombia, and the Colombian Vice Ministry of Defense for Human Rights to deliver a five-day seminar on Women’s Integration into the Armed Forces in Bogota, Colombia.

This seminar is an integral part of ISG's Mobile Education Team (MET) educational initiatives, where experts from the Institute engage in bilateral courses that typically span 1–2 weeks and are tailored to the specific national and regional context. The composition of participants in these courses varies depending on the topic and method of delivery.

For this particular MET in Colombia, the 35 seminar participants included low-to-mid level leaders representing various agencies within the Colombian Armed Forces. This diverse group encompassed officers and non-commissioned officers from the Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as individuals from the Ministry of Defense and the National Police. Notably, the course consisted of 11 male and 24 female participants.

This marked the third occasion where ISG delivered a seminar on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) for the Government of Colombia within the past three years. As with past engagements, the objective of the seminar was to provide an overview of WPS principles, to examine the current state of gender equality and women’s participation in the defense/security sector in Colombia, and to explore barriers/opportunities for increasing women’s participation in the future.

Colombia has made significant progress on the WPS agenda, supporting gender equality in its constitution, integrating women into the security sector, and referencing WPS in national security documents. However, Colombia has yet to adopt a National Action Plan on WPS. Consequently, during their stay in Bogota, the ISG Team engaged with leaders from the Office of the Vice-Minister of Defense in discussions concerning the development and implementation of a National Action Plan on WPS for Colombia. Their commitment to providing ongoing support for this endeavor was also reaffirmed.

The seminar fostered lively, inclusive, and productive discussions between participants and instructors, thereby successfully cultivating a dynamic learning environment for all involved. The culmination of the seminar featured a capstone activity, during which participants collaboratively identified priority areas for focus, pinpointed existing barriers, and devised solutions to facilitate the integration of women into the Colombian security forces.

Following the resounding success of this engagement, ISG's Colombian partners are keen to explore a fourth installment of the WPS MET program in FY2024. As envisaged by the Colombians, next year’s prospect may include the addition of a second week of instruction, which would feature a Senior Leader Seminar combined with a dedicated seminar for Gender Advisors and Gender Focal Points. In this extended second week, there is an opportunity to transform the delivery into a Train-the-Trainer engagement. This would allow Colombian instructors to take the lead in preparing Gender Advisors and Gender Focal Points for their essential roles within the Colombian security sector.

To learn more about ISG’s WPS activities, check out the following primer: ISG and Women, Peace, and Security.


Regional Advising Senior Principal, Mr. Dave Manero

ISG would like to wish Fair Winds and Following Seas to Mr. David Manero as he moves on to explore new challenges. As ISG’s Senior Principal for Regional Advising since September 2021, as well as ISG’s Acting Director for the better part of 2023, Mr. Manero demonstrated an unwavering commitment to positivity and respect, as he worked to provide stability and solidify roles and responsibilities in the Institute.

Mr. Manero's interest in joining ISG was initially sparked by the prospect of helping lead a team during a time of turbulence associated with the many internal and external organizational changes underway. Rising to the challenge, his leadership during this time proved to be a steadying presence and reliable source of encouragement to the team. Said well by his colleague Mr. Matt Vaccaro, who served as his Acting Deputy Director this past year:

“Dave Manero is the kind of leader who makes you want to follow him—charismatic, caring, and consultative. He provides tremendous service to ISG and DSCU. I will greatly miss working in his midst.”

Mr. Manero remarked that some of his favorite, stand-out moments were the times he was able to witness the rise of exceptional mid-career leaders, who, previously unnoticed, found a new drive and focus for the mission. Always looking to shine the light on others, his mentorship and guidance cultivated a sense of purpose and effectiveness within the Institute, fostering an environment where talent could flourish.

A rich tapestry of experience, Mr. Manero credits his military background, encompassing leadership, Security Cooperation experience, and extensive foreign engagement, as the cornerstone of his contributions to ISG. This foundation, coupled with his natural charisma, affable nature, and authentic connection, resulted in a leader and a colleague who held people’s attention and gained their respect.

Mr. Manero’s parting advice for ISG colleagues: stay mission-focused, embrace positivity, and fearlessly challenge the status quo. His legacy of urging leadership to lead and pushing boundaries will resonate within ISG long after his departure.

As Mr. Manero steps into his next chapter, we wish him the best of luck. His impact at ISG has been profound. Dave, we thank you for your contributions to the important mission of this organization and your investment in the people. With heartfelt gratitude, warm wishes for continued success, and knowing you love a good blues outro, we send you on with these parting words from “Goodbye Baby” by Elmore James: “Goodbye baby, hate to see you go, Goodbye baby, hate to see you go, And I'll miss you, yes, I'll miss you, baby, More than you'll ever know.”


Mr. Ian Wexler Featured in “After the JAG Corps” Podcast on his Career Transition

ISG Director Mr. Ian Wexler was recently featured in the 100th episode of “After the JAG Corps; Navigating Your Career, Progression” – a podcast led by Tom Welsh meant to assist judge advocates separating or retiring from the military by providing information on post-service opportunities, job search strategies, and other resources as they navigate the transition to civilian employment. In the interview, the listener learns about Director Wexler’s time serving in the Navy JAG Corps; his last assignment in uniform as Director of the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies in Newport, RI; and his recent civilian transition to becoming Director of the Institute for Security Governance in Monterey, CA. Listen at this link.

Mr. Darryl Long Addressed Duke University Students on Institutional Capacity and Space Diplomacy

Prior to his retirement, Western Hemisphere Regional Program Lead, Mr. Darryl Long, participated as a panelist in the Institutional Capacity and Space Diplomacy Panel aimed at Duke University students. He spoke about institutional capacity building, focusing on shaping robust bilateral and multilateral partnerships to ensure a sustainable and peaceful future for humanity in space. Leveraging various ISG artifacts, Mr. Long guided the conversation with participants and provided insights into these essential themes. The event was part of the Rethinking Diplomacy Program held by the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in Raleigh-Durham, NC.

Mr. Nick Tomb Speaks about Women, Peace, & Security at Santa Catalina High School and to the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation

Senior Faculty Member, Mr. Nick Tomb, facilitated a meaningful interaction between participants of ISG’s “Women, Leadership, and National Defense” resident course and the students at the all-girls Santa Catalina High School in Monterey, California. Santa Catalina’s mission is broadly to empower its young women to be globally-oriented, future leaders. Santa Catalina High School faculty and students expressed their enthusiasm for the engagement and future collaborations.

The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation (NPSF) also invited Mr. Tomb to speak about the good work that ISG is doing on campus. The NPSF is funding several extracurricular activities in support of ISG’s “Women, Leadership and National Defense” resident course, and was interested to learn more and to identify opportunities to share the information across its platforms and networks.

Mr. Scott Lyons Guest Lectures on Security Sector Assistance at the Naval Postgraduate School

Acting Senior Principal for Regional Advising, Mr. Scott Lyons, once again delivered a presentation to U.S. military students and future Foreign Area Officers participating in the Naval Postgraduate School “Security Sector Assistance in an Era of Strategic Competition” course. The subject of his presentation, "Controls and Oversight in Security Sector Assistance," holds a longstanding history, having been presented to numerous course cohorts over the years. This lecture not only plays a significant role in educating future Security Cooperation Officers (SCOs), but also leverages resident talent from across the various institutions co-located at Naval Support Activity Monterey.

Dr. Whitney Grespin Engages on Africa around the World

Africa Regional Program Lead, Dr. Whitney Grespin, recently supported pre-deployment academics on dynamics across the Horn of Africa and east Africa for a variety of Fort Liberty force components. Additionally, she continued her involvement with the NATO Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence in Rome through her authorship and contribution of a book chapter on, “Contracted Contributions to the SFA Enterprise.” Finally, she was also invited to reprise her role as an instructor on the Institutional Advisor Course.

Ms. Sandra O'Hern Published on Hybrid Threats and Presented on Russian Malign Legal Operations

ISG Europe Regional Program Lead, Ms. Sandra O'Hern, recently published another article in the JAG Reporter. The article, “Operational Legal Advisors as Champions of Legal Resiliency in the Fight Against Hybrid Threats,” examines how increasingly the law is being used as an instrument of power and its own operational domain, particularly within the context of hybrid warfare and as an element of strategic power competition. Read the full JAG Reporter article here.

Ms. O’Hern also recently presented at the “Lectures in the AFJAG Military Operations Law” Course on Russian Malign Legal Operations to an audience of military legal professionals.


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