Institute for Security Governance (ISG) 


Steven Peterson

Code ISG, Building 259

(831) 656-3171, DSN 756-3171, FAX (831) 656-3351


The Institute for Security Governance (ISG), formerly Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR), is a Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) tenant activity at NPS that advances U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives through the application of education programs and activities that enhance partners’ institutional capabilities to address shared security challenges. With security cooperation (SC) efforts increasingly focused on strengthening allies and enabling partners, the development of functioning, accountable, and effective defense and security institutions is a critical focus across the SC enterprise and is the foundation of ISG.

Focus Areas

ISG is a security cooperation and international education center that takes an adaptable, problem-solving approach based in real-world practice and analysis.

Institutional Governance, Management, & Development

Build partner institutional capacity to govern and manage security forces, contribute to collective security, and absorb, apply and sustain capabilities. Strategy, planning, and policy; resource management and budgeting; acquisition and contracting; human resource management; and logistics are key topics addressed. Projects are delivered in country-specific advising and consulting engagements as well as in courses executed by the International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM) educational team.

Civil-Military Relations & Professionalization

Enhance partner civil-military relations and security professionalization to strengthen governance and enable security forces that are responsive and accountable to citizens. Specialized topics concentrate on roles and missions of the armed forces, democratic intelligence institutions, women’s integration into the defense and security sectors, strategic leadership, elections security, and national security planning.

Peace & Security

Pioneer innovative approaches that address irregular, trans-national, and emergent challenges to peace and security. Efforts center around advancing maritime security and domain awareness capabilities, combating terrorism and violent extremism, developing cybersecurity policy, addressing irregular migration, best practices in emergency management and all-hazards resilience, and building peacekeeping training and operations capabilities.

Security Cooperation Innovation & Learning

Design practical approaches to enhance the field and forge the way for future security cooperation leaders. This includes developing doctrine; contributing to cutting-edge exercise design; advancing new methods in the assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of projects; and integrating ISG efforts with related SC organizations.

Our Approach

All ISG projects are custom-designed to the individual conditions and requirements of the recipient country, and are in accordance with sponsor and stakeholder guidance.

Executive Education

Intensive short courses designed for multinational senior military and civilian officials from the legislature, government ministries, and non-governmental organizations based in civil-military relations and governance, national security decision making, and institutional capacity building.

Resident Education

U.S.-based multinational academic activities for mid-level to senior military and civilian officials that cover the range of ISG’s focus areas, and tailored to address the unique security challenges of partners.

Mobile Education Teams (METs)

Single or a short series of workshops that concentrate on a particular requirement or interest tailored to a partner nation. ISG METs are conducted around the world, and provide high-quality instruction in partner nation or multinational venues with a focus on participant engagement and applied learning.


ISG’s advising efforts encompass multi-year approaches to support partner nations in developing accountable, effective, and responsive security and defense institutions. With programs grounded in critical governance and management practices, tailored to partner nation challenges, and aligned with US priorities, ISG advising programs enable partners to maintain, sustain, and utilize key national security capabilities to achieve national objectives for the long-term.

Multinational Exercises

ISG provides customized support to unique exercises that challenge US and multinational military staffs to function effectively and coordinate full-spectrum missions in complex operational spaces. Advising programs can be itinerate or placement of a resident advisor.

Research & Publication

With world-class expertise in security governance, ISG faculty are pushing fields forward through research and development of new approaches and methodologies, putting research into practice, and through academic publication that shapes thinking and application.

Course Titles

The ISG catalog of short courses and the resident course schedule can be viewed at

Program Administration

ISG’s education and development programs are tailored for mid-to senior-grade military officers, civilian officials, legislators, and personnel from non-governmental organizations, both in residence and overseas. International participation is arranged through the Office of the Secretary of Defense and individual service security cooperation agencies. NPS student participation in ISG programs is determined on a case-by-case basis.

ISG’s advising programs are multi-year efforts targeted with specific partner-nation requirements in mind. These efforts are identified and tasked through DSCA as part of the Geographic Combatant Command and OSD Policy security cooperation development process.

Faculty Directory

ISG faculty come from mixed academic and practitioner backgrounds and are augmented by additional subject matter experts to deliver nearly 400 engagements annually. (*) indicates senior leadership.

Institutional Governance, Management, & Development

Archer, Philip
Belmont, Chloe
Chadwick, William (Bill)
Chroman, Jordan
Espinas, Gary
Evans, Jessie
Evans, Wade
Fritz, Lindsay*
Gambrel, Patrick (Pat)
Gayagas, Christine (Crissy), PhEd.D.
Grigsby, Jennifer
Herway, Loren (Tom)
Huber, Mark
Johnson, Alan
Kalber, Mark
Kang, Keebom
Knutson, Michael
Law, Eric
Leklem, Erik
Leyde, Eric
Linvill, Brian
Long, Darryl
Lyons, Scott*
Maddox, Janie
Peggar, Kathleen
Peterson, Steven (Steve)*
Schwellenbach, Samantha
Serfoss, Gary
Singleton, Donald (Lee)

Civil-Military Relations & Professionalization

Stohlmann, Erik*
Tomb, Nicholas (Nick)
Young, Thomas (Tom) Durell, Ph.D.

Peace & Security

Doorey, Timothy (Tim)
Harms, Blaire
King, Matthew (Matt)
Lanot, Eva
Moreland, Scott
Sells, Lance
Vaccaro, Jonathan (Matt)*

Security Cooperation Learning & Innovation

Antia, Jimmy
Davies, Thomas (Tom)*
Giraldo, Jeanne
Ham, Linwood
Hussey, Benjamin (Ben)*
Roy, Vinothini (Vino), Ph.D.
Timm, Robert (Rob)
Tomasovic, Robert (Bob)