A Blog for the Center for Civil-Military Relations

World Refugee Day: Doing our part

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On World Refugee Day, PR&R announces that visiting facilitators from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency will join our Naval Postgraduate School faculty to deliver the upcoming, 2-week “Security Risks of Refugees & Displaced Person” course. This year’s course will host 19 participants from 15 countries across 5 COCOMs. Summer 2017 registration is underway!

Participating Countries:
Central African Republic
Czech Republic
Republic of Macedonia
Saudi Arabia

International Intelligence Fusion Centers

Between 15-17 June 2016, a CCMR team delivered a seminar on the topic of “International Intelligence Fusion Centers” for 34 participants (19 El Salvador civilians, 1 Uruguay civilian, and 24 El Salvador military officers) at the FUSAL Headquarters in San Salvador, El Salvador. The course was designed in collaboration with US embassy in San Salvador, Office of Security Cooperation (OSC). CCMR team was composed of CCMR Lecturer Cristiana Matei (also Program Manager for Latin America and Intelligence), and NPS National Security Affairs (NSA) & Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) professor Rodrigo Nieto Gomez. Attendees included uniformed personnel from all services, and civilian representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Immigration and Border agencies, the United Nations, and from the Prime Minister Office.


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Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Response

Sixteen participants graduated Friday from CCMR’s new course focused on how relief groups, civilian government officials, UN organizations, and security forces coordinate during disaster response. Participants were from Nepal,Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and The United States of America.


Dr. Christopher Paul from Rand Corp Visits NPS

CCMR hosted Dr. Christopher Paul, a senior social scientist from the Rand Corporation at the Naval Postgraduate School on May 24.  Dr. Paul discussed findings from his research on US security assistance and efforts to build partner capacity in a presentation titled “What Works Best When Building Partner Capacity and Under What Circumstances?”.  Participants included US Foreign Area Officers and program managers from CCMR.  Dr. Chris Paul

Executive Program in Defense Decision Making

On Friday, we wrapped up our two-week Expanded International Military Education and Training (EIMET) approved program, “The Executive Program in Defense Decision-Making”, located here at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The program was structured to emphasize the impact of transformation on security and defense decision-making in the contemporary global environment.

The main themes covered included the following:
*Threat Assessment in the Contemporary Environment
*Development of National Security Strategies
*Capabilities-Based Approach for Security Challenges
*Defense Institution Building; Roles & Missions of Security and Defense Forces
*Intelligence Structures, Processes
*Challenges in the Global Commons, including Cyber Security

The course is designed for senior (0-7 and above) military officers and their civilian counterparts from legislatures, government ministries, and non-governmental organizations. Participants had the opportunity to meet and work with leaders from around the world on issues of defense transformation and decision-making common to democratic nations. The curriculum has a strong problem-solving focus and draws examples from the experiences of many different countries.


DGMT Around the World

Last week, CCMR’s Defense Governance Management Team (DGMT) executed three events around the world.

  1. Defense and Policy Management Workshop – El Salvador
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  2. Strategic Defense Reform (SDR) Implementation Management: Assumptions Review & Analysis – Montenegro
  3. Human Resource Management #2: Career Management Workshop – Bosnia and HerzegovinBoznia & Herza





 All About… The Defense Governance Management Team (DGMT):
  • With support from sponsors, CCMR’s DGMT implements key components of the U.S. national security strategy by enabling stakeholders to enhance their ability to accomplish their missions.
  • At the core of DGMT lies Defense Institution Building (DIB): Security Cooperation activities that empower partner nation defense institutions to establish or re-orient their policies and structures to make  their defense sector more transparent, accountable, effective, affordable, and responsive to civilian control. (DoDD 5205.82)
  • DIB is a high priority area for DoD emphasized in DoD strategic documents and U.S. public law.


  • DGMT implements DIB efforts globally with partners primarily through the Wales Initiative Fund (WIF) and Defense Institution Reform Initiative (DIRI). The emphasis is to strengthen U.S./NATO Partner interoperability and democratic control.
  • DGMT also manages the U.S. portion of the NATO Building Integrity Program, Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP), Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness (CMEP), and the VIKING series  of multinational interoperability exercises.
  • Through DIRI, DGMT also  implements the White House Africa Security Governance Initiative (SGI), Trans Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP), and the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF).

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Beirut: Legislatures & the Armed Forces

IMG_0028[1]Between 25-28 April 2016, a Center for Civil Military Relations (CCMR) team delivered a seminar on the topic of “Legislatures & the Armed Forces” for 23 participants (4 civilians, and 19 military officers) from Lebanon, at the Lebanon Armed Forces (LAF) Staff College located in Beirut. The CCMR team was composed of the CCMR Lecturer and Program Manager for “Intelligence and Democracy,” Ms. Cristiana Matei, and Dr. Carolyn Halladay, Senior Lecturer, Department of National Security Affairs. The seminar was conducted with the able and consistently excellent support of the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), U.S. Embassy, Beirut. Country Team Beirut requested CCMR to address this subject matter in light of the need for the Lebanese Armed Forces to develop a more constructive relationship with the Parliament in Lebanon.  This seminar brought together military officers from the LAF and the Staff College, as well as several members of the Lebanese Parliament (Defense and Security Committee). It was the first time the representatives of the LAF and the legislature participated in this type of seminar, partly because by law, LAF officers are forbidden to engage with politicians in an official capacity (except for PR representatives, or high-level MOD officials).

The seminar was organized to address the following issues using formal briefings followed by open discussions:

  • Civil-Military Relations in a Global Context
  • Military and Politics as Profession
  • Roles of Legislatures in Defense and Security
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Executive-Legislative Relations
  • Strategic Communications
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Cybersecurity Policy and Practice In-Res Course

Yesterday we kicked off the first day of our annual “Cybersecuirty Policy and Practice” In-Residence course, here at CCMR.

This course has students from the following countries:

  • United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Montenegro, Nepal, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad-Tobago, Turkey and the US. GlobeStudents

The “Cybersecurity Policy and Practice” is for nations that are interested in developing capabilities to defend cyberspace from attack. National security, economic prosperity and citizen safety are threatened daily through exploitation, intrusion or disruption in cyberspace by criminal, transnational or regional competitors. This offering prepares decision-makers to effectively consider, design and implement policies and practices for safeguarding unfettered access to and use of cyberspace.

The key objectives of the seminar are to familiarize participants with:

  • Cyber Attack Vectors, Vulnerabilities and Risks
  • Cyber Conflict Elements, Ethics and Regimes
  • Security Plans, Frameworks and Controls In an effort to build capacity for economic growth and innovation, participants will explore policies and practices for maintaining advantage over competitors that seek to exploit, disrupt, or damage the networks and systems our societies and militaries depend upon. They will examine barriers to effective policy and practice development and ways to respond using a comprehensive approach for cybersecurity. The seminar will offer a menu of congruent topics to include:
  • Policy aspects for a global domain, including cyber analogies and intelligence, cyber conflict considerations and ethical issues, plus cyber deterrence and international regimes.
  • Practices to enhance partner capabilities, such as security management plans, defensive measures, vulnerability assessment tools, and cyber security frameworks.

Africa Program Executes CMR Course in South Africa

Africa:April'16April 6 – 8, 2016 CCMR delivered a seminar on civil-military relations for senior members of the South African National Defense Force and South African Department of Defense.  The seminar focused on the implementation of a national defense review that the Government of South Africa recently completed.  Dr. Paul Clarke, a retired US Air Force Officer and frequent CCMR instructor, COL Bruce Sweeney, Chair of the FAO Program at NPS and Dr. Jim Wirtz, Dean of SIGS at NPS led the program. 

New GPOI In-Resident Course at CCMR

We’re pleased to announce the addition a new in-resident course offering here at CCMR, in Monterey, California, USA.

Executive Program in Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict – In-Resident Course

The In-Resident version of the Executive Program in Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict is a two-week Expanded International Military Education and Training (EIMET) approved program conducted starting in June 2017 at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. This offering can be also exported as MTT version.

The program has been structured to emphasize the impact of transformation on security and defense decision-making in the contemporary global environment.

The main themes covered include the following:

  • Vulnerable Populations in Armed Conflict;
  • Threats to Civilians at Risk;
  • Framework for Protection – Tiers and Phases;
  • Risk Assessment methodology within the framework of UN Peacekeping;
  • Integrating Protection planning and analysis into operational planning;
  • Roles & Responsibilities of Peacekeepers;
  • Joint Response techniques;
  • Challenges in the Protection of CiviliansGPOI