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What We Do


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Institutional Capacity Building 101


DGMT develops, implements, and manages Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) programs with US allies and partner nations, and supports the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and Combatant Commands to train and educate security cooperation professionals.  At its core, DGMT programs support partners in the development of defense and security governance and management institutions that are accountable to citizens, enable partner forces to perform desired roles, and strengthen US security cooperation investments.  ICB projects are unique to each partner country, multi-year/ multi-functional, and are driven by partner nation objectives and US security cooperation priorities.  

DGMT Process





A Full Spectrum Program


DGMT leads the way in shaping the following core ICB-related efforts:

1) The management and integration of ICB activities across the security cooperation enterprise,

2) The assessment, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of ICB programs in partner nations, and

3) The development of ICB knowledge, principles, and methodologies (for example, see DGMT contributions to ICB literature here).

In addition, the DGMT approach to ICB is driven by a project cycle featuring collaborative scoping and program design, tailored implementation, and ongoing monitoring and adaptive planning. 





Core Focus Areas


Given its holistic approach, a customized ICB program can often encompass a range of functional support areas and topics to strengthen defense governance and management such as strategy, policy, and planning; human resource management; resource management and budgeting; logistics; force structure planning; curriculum and faculty development of partner national defense universities; emergency and disaster preparedness; peace building; combating violent extremism; integrating women in the armed forces; and regional/bilateral exercises designed to enhance partner capacity. 


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Primary functional areas include:


Strategy, Plans, & Policy

Support the development of Key Strategy Documents and Statements (e.g., National Defense Strategy)

Interagency roles and missions in defense; guidance for operational planning; rules of engagement; doctrine development, concepts of operations; and more

Resource Management

Facilitate partners’ understanding and establishment of Capabilities-Based Planning; Resource Allocation; Life Cycle Costing; Acquisition Planning; and more

Human Resource Management

Support partners as they work to develop strategic HRM systems and processes to include: Career Management Systems; Performance Management and Promotions; Recruiting, Accession, and Retention; Separation, Transition, and Retirement; and more


Facilitate partners’ understanding and establishment of processes and institutions responsible for Supply Chain Management; Maintenance Management including Life Cycle Materiel Management; Distribution Management and more


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Related Programs & Efforts


DGMT implements ICB efforts 

globally with partners primarily through: 

Wales Initiative Fund (WIF)

Defense Institution Reform Initiative (DIRI)


In addition, DGMT manages the ICB/US portion of the following:

White House Africa Security Governance Initiative (SGI) 

Maritime Security Initiative (MSI)

NATO Building Integrity Program 

VIKING series of Multinational Interoperability Exercises 

Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) 

Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness (CMEP) Program



Photos courtesy of the Massachusetts and Virginia National Guard State Partnership Programs (SPP)