IPA’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is a team of former officers from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the FBI, and the private sector. They are a team of experts in foreign affairs, global security, interagency and intergovernmental cooperation. Emphasizing a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach, the GSG provides solutions by designing, planning and executing scenario-supported wargames and experiments addressing complex emerging security challenges.

The GSG has produced and delivered numerous reports and handbooks on best practices for civil-military, interagency, and host-country cooperation. The topics range from conflict prevention and mitigation to post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. The team has also provided extensive support to NATO in moving toward the implementation of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept.

The Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) represents a well thought-out research effort that culminated with seven framework objectives that, collectively, would move us toward a comprehensive, 3D (diplomacy/development/defense) approach to how the US would conduct stabilization assistance in the future. Although none of the seven objectives are new and many have been examined in rigorous concept development and experimentation over the past decade, the results have not been transitioned from recommendations to programs of record.  As a result, the SAR, and all the research that has underpinned these objectives, along with the support of the Departments of State, Defense, and USAID, represent an historic opportunity to move aggressively toward a whole-of-government approach to addressing this critical national security challenge. It is also clear that the mission, diversity, and history of the Army’s Civil Affairs community suggests they should play a leading role in the planning and implementation of our next generation stabilization assistance efforts.

For more on Civil Affairs, see the Civil Affairs topic on the GSG Forum.

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