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CCMR was established at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California in 1994 by the then Defense Security Assistance Agency (now Defense Security Cooperation Agency [DSCA]). In support of the goals of the Expanded International Military Education & Training (E-IMET) program, CCMR was designed to strengthen civil-military relationships in democracies worldwide through an array of nationally funded education and training programs.  

Since its inception, CCMR has proven to be adaptive and responsive to sponsor priorities and global trends. In 1998, CCMR became the Department of Defense's (DoD) lead agent for the Enhanced International Peacekeeping Capabilities (EIPC) program, which was subsumed by the Global Peace Operations Intiaitive Program (GPOI) in 2005. CCMR’s capabilities were augmented further in 2000 and 2002 with the addition of the International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM) program and Countering Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP), respectively.  The Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies (CSRS) teamed up with CCMR in 2004, and has since fully integrated and expanded its mission under the Prevention, Relief & Recovery (PR&R) program.  In 2006, CCMR was asked by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD-P) to help pioneer the then-nascent ICB (Institutional Capacity Building) concept within the Warsaw Initiative Fund (WIF) program, and was subsequently selected by OSD-P and DSCA to lead the globally focused Defense Institution Reform Initiative (DIRI) in 2009.  WIF and DIRI came together in 2015 to form the Defense Governance & Management Team (DGMT).

CCMR is a thought leader and key provider of civil-military relations, democratic control of the armed forces, and defense and security governance programs for both the Department of Defense and Department of State. CCMR offers a broad range of professional education and training programs, with an extensive curriculum taught by a distinguished faculty of scholars, practitioners, and civilian and military officials. These programs build capacity within partner countries in the core tenets of civil-military relations and democratic control of the armed forces, and further specialize in the areas of national security policy and strategy development; defense/security governance and management; strategic planning and restructuring; combating terrorism; defense acquisition reform; and the prevention, relief, and recovery of states from conflict and disaster.



CCMR provides innovative security cooperation and executive education programs that advance US and partner interests, build partner capacity and capability, and foster interagency and international collaboration.





CCMR's programs are organized into four key focus areas that are designed to concentrate on specialized aspects of the overall mission.  Using cutting-edge theoretical and applied expertise, these programs come together to form a security cooperation toolkit that can be adapted and leveraged in support of a variety of partner objectives.

Civil-Military Relations

Enhance partner civil-military relations to strengthen governance and enable security forces that are responsive and accountable to citizens.

Governance & Management

Build partner institutional capacity to govern and manage security forces, contribute to collective security, and absorb, apply and sustain capabilities.

Security, Stability & Peace

Pioneer innovative approaches that address non-traditional and emergent challenges to peace and security.

Security Cooperation Education & Development

Design practical approaches to enhance the field and forge the way for future security cooperation leaders.




All CCMR projects and programs are custom-designed to the individual conditions and requirements of the recipient country, and are in accordance with program sponsor and COCOM guidance. CCMR content exposes partner nations to U.S. and international best practices, often through the use of context-specific case studies. CCMR activities employ a “do no harm” approach and seek to enable partners to find solutions that best fit their requirements. All programs produce formal After-Action Reports and share these (when appropriate) with partner nation senior personnel, relevant combat and commands, and country teams.

Mobile Education Teams (METs) & Resident Courses

CCMR activity can be conducted overseas (METs) or at CCMR headquarters in Monterey, California (In-Residence). Both METs and In-Residence engagements are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the partner country/countries, and distinguished/unique faculty teams are selected according to the theme of each event. These intensive activities are designed for mixed groups of senior civilian and military off icials, legislators, and non-governmental personnel. Topics include: national security strategy development, democratic civilian control of intelligence, Ministry of Defense organization, roles and missions for armed forces, and national decision-making. This curricula has a strong problem-solving focus designed to help participants analyze and resolve civil-military conflicts, and provide tools to strengthen civilian oversight and address the underlying causes of civil-military clashes in democracies.

Capacity & Capability Building (CB) Projects

In addition to traditional security assistance/security cooperation approaches, CCMR employs a capacity and capability building (CB) project model. CB projects are unique to each partner country and involve detailed problem scoping to create a tailored product that supports the partner nation’s capacity and capability building goals. Often encompassing a multi-year effort, CB projects utilize a combination of activities and approaches to engage the partner nation. CB projects include routine progress monitoring and regular adjustments during the life of a project in response to changes within the partner country and as a result of continual learning and development.







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