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.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has sharpened NATO's focus and is accelerating difficult and timely discussions regarding NATO unity and NATO members' defense spending. Far from creating fissures within NATO or weakening the alliance as Putin might have hoped, Russia's unprovoked aggression has unified the West and provided the necessary impetus to spur additional military spending within NATO countries. Most striking has been Germany's recent announcement that it would increase defense spending to over 2% of GDP a year. This is a welcome change within NATO and one for which the U.S. has long advocated.

"The War in Ukraine: Meeting the Russian Challenge to NATO" - CSIS


"Germany to Increase Spending in Response to 'Putin's War' - Scholz" - Reuters


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