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CSER Symposia

These customized one- to three-day educational programs provided by CSER were designed in concert with the client's specific goals and objectives. Content and format of the symposia are developed to achieve these objectives and may include panels, presentations, breakout groups and group reports. Plenary discussion, networking and significant attendee participation are the cornerstones of a CSER symposium.

EUCOM 2020.pngU.S. European Command 2020: Partnership Building Symposium
4-7 August 2008 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

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9-11 June 2008 Leesburg, Virginia

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CSER Pre-Deployment Roundtables

Beginning in early 2006, CSER implemented a series of economics and governance roundtables for military units deploying to Iraq.   These roundtables provided Unit commanders and senior staff a thorough understanding of the plans, strategies, and programs of government agencies, NGOs, private sector actors, etc., operating within their area of responsibility (AOR).  Accordingly, military operators obtained a much more complete picture as to where their own economics and governance efforts should be focused so as to better support others in the AOR.  


Each roundtable was customized to the deploying units’ AOR and varied in length from one to three days.  The content consisted of presentations, panel discussions, plenary debate, and topical small group breakout sessions, with plenty of networking time built into the schedule.

The key objective of each roundtable was to impart to the military unit’s senior staff, especially those charged with economics, governance, and interagency cooperation, a better understanding as to how best to maximize unit capabilities.  This was done through an exchange of information with appropriate representatives of U.S. government agencies such as the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce and Agriculture, in addition to non-governmental organizations, host government officials, international organizations, chambers of commerce, the private sector, and academia, as appropriate.  The roundtables’ academic setting enhanced a greater understanding among the parties by building relationships and trust that contribute to achieving their missions.

Previous Pre-Deployment Roundtables:

II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Governance and Economics Conference (2012)

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This Governance and Economics Conference was designed to assist the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in preparing for its deployment to Afghanistan.  The Conference focused on governance and economic development strategies and the activities planned and underway by the Afghan government, US government agencies, international partners, the private sector and non-governmental organizations with a special focus on transition processes.  The event was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC, November 13-15, 2012.  The Conference was sponsored by the Task Force for Business & Stability Operations (TFBSO) of the Department of Defense.

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I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Governance and Economics Conference (2011)

IMEF sign.jpgThis Governance and Economics Conference was designed to assist the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in preparing for its deployment to Afghanistan.  The Conference focused on governance and economic development strategies and the activities planned and underway by the Afghan government, US government agencies, international partners, the private sector and non-governmental organizations with a special focus on transition processes.  The event was held at the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command base in San Diego, CA, November 6-9, 2011.  The Conference was sponsored by the Task Force for Business & Stability Operations (TFBSO) of the Department of Defense.

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82nd Airborne Division Governance and Economics Conference (2011)

82nd Airborne Poster2.jpgThis Governance and Economics Conference was designed to assist the 82nd Airborne Division in preparing for its deployment to Afghanistan.  The Conference focused on governance and economic development strategies and the activities planned and underway by the Afghan government, US government agencies, international partners, the private sector and non-governmental organizations with a special focus on transition processes.  The conference included video teleconferences with the Regional Platform.  The event was held at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux, Fayetteville, NC, July 11-13, 2011.  The Conference was sponsored by the Task Force for Business & Stability Operations (TFBSO) of the Department of Defense.

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IIMEF (Fwd) Governance and Economics Conference (2010)

IIMEF Cover Web.jpgThis Governance and Economics Conference was designed to assist the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)  in preparing for its first deployment to Afghanistan.  The Conference focused on governance and economic development strategies and the activities planned and underway by the Afghan government, US government agencies, international partners, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.  The conference included video teleconferences with the Governor of Helmand Province and the Regional Platform.  The event was held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center in the Research Triangle Park, Durham, NC, November 30 - December 2, 2010.  The Conference was sponsored by the Task Force for Business & Stability Operations (TFBSO) of the Department of Defense.

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XVIII Airborne Corps Interagency Roundtable (2010)

Cover for website.jpgThe Interagency Roundtable was designed to assist the XVIII Airborne Corps in preparing for its deployment to Iraq.  The roundtable focused on an interaction between the Corps and USG, NGO, and IO decision-makers in an unclassified forum regarding anticipated strategies and operations in Iraq during the Corps' deployment. The roundtable also allowed all parties to discuss civil-military plans and operations well in advance of the deployment in order to better inform all planning activities, thereby to enhance outcomes.  The event was held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center in the Research Triangle Park, Durham, NC, August 11-13, 2010.  The roundtable was sponsored by the Task Force for Business & Stability Operations (TFBSO) of the Department of Defense and was organized by the Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction of the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB).

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1st MEB Governance and Economics Conference (2009)

 IMEB 2009.jpgThis Governance and Economics Conference was designed to assist the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade in preparing for its deployment to Afghanistan.  The Conference focused on governance and economic development strategies and the activities planned and underway by the Afghan government, US government agencies, international partners, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.  The event was held at Naval Air Station North Island's Island Club in Coronado, CA, November 3-5, 2009.  The Conference was sponsored by the Task Force for Business & Stability Operations (TFBSO) of the Department of Defense and was organized by the Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction of the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB).

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II MEF (FWD) Economics and Governance Conference (2008) 

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The II MEF (FWD) Economics and Governance Conference was designed to assist II MEF (FWD) in preparing for economic revitalization, governance and stability operations upon its deployment to Al Anbar Province in Iraq.  The Conference was held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in RTP, Durham, North Carolina on 18-20 November.  The conference was sponsored by the Business Transformation Agency Warfighter Support Office at the U.S. Department of Defense and was organized by the Institute for Defense and Business.

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25th Infantry Division In-Theater Business Transformation Roundtable (2008)

25ID 2008.jpgThe 25th Infantry Division In-Theater Business Transformation Roundtable was implemented to allow 25th ID to prepare for economic revitalization, governance and stability operations upon its deployment to Iraq.  The Roundtable was held at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, O'ahu, Hawai'i on 30 September- 2 October 2008.  The roundtable was sponsored by the Business Transformation Agency Warfighter Support Office at the U.S. Department of Defense and was organized by the Institute for Defense and Business.

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MNF-W (Designate) Predeployment Governance and Economic Development Roundtable (2007)

MNFW 2007.jpgThe MNF-W  (Designate) Predeployment Governance and Economic Development Roundtable was designed to assist MNF-W (Designate) in preparing for economic revitalization, governance,  and stability operations upon its redeployment to Iraq.  The MNF-W (Designate) Roundtable was held at The Island Club, NavalAirStationNorthIsland, Coronado, CA on November 29-30, 2007.  The roundtable was sponsored by the Business Transformation Agency Warfighter Support Office at the U.S. Department of Defense and was organized by the Institute for Defense and Business.

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4th Infantry Division In-Theater Business Transformation Roundtable (2007)

4thID.jpgThe 4th Infantry Division (4ID) In-Theater Business Transformation Roundtable was organized at a tactical level to provide the deploying soldiers with an update on current ops as well as an opportunity to engage their non-military counterparts.  The Roundtable was held in Killeen, Texas (home of FortHood), at the Killeen Civic and ConferenceCenter on October 17 and 18, 2007.  It was sponsored by the Business Transformation Agency at the U.S. Department of Defense and was organized by the Institute for Defense and Business.

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Executive Roundtable for Economic Reconstruction (2007)

ERER 2007.jpgOrganized at the request of MajGen (sel.) John F. Kelly, Commanding General of I MEF (Fwd), this senior level roundtable was held over the course of two-days at Quantico, V.A. on September 19 and 20, 2007.  It focused on interagency issues and private sector engagement.  The roundtable featured an address by Gen. James Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, a briefing on the current status of II MEF (Fwd) from MajGen (sel.) John Allen, Deputy Commanding General of Multi National Force – West, and a private sector initiatives address by Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Business Transformation, Paul Brinkley.  The roundtable also included presentations from the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, Commerce, Treasury, and Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the NGO and IO community, and Washington Post reporter and author of “Fiasco” Tom Ricks.

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II MEF (Fwd) Economic Line of Operations Roundtable (2006)

IIMEF 2006.jpgOrganized at the request of MajGen Walter Gaskin, Commanding General of II MEF (Fwd), and BrigGen John Allen, the Deputy Commanding General (Support) of II MEF (Fwd), this roundtable was held over the course of two days in Chapel Hill, N.C. on November 1 and 2, 2006.  Focused on interagency issues and private sector engagement, this roundtable featured an address by Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Business Transformation, Paul Brinkley, as well as a briefing on the current status of I MEF (Fwd) economic and governance initiatives by the Deputy Commanding General (Support) from I MEF (FWD), BrigGen David Reist.  Roundtable breakout groups developed action plans on Agriculture, Job Growth, Rule of Law, Infrastructure and transportation, public health and project management.

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1st Cavalry Division In-Theater Business Transformation Roundtable (2006)

1st CAV.jpgMG Joseph Fil, Commanding General of U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division and BG Vincent Brooks, Deputy Commanding General (Support) of 1st Cav requested that this roundtable is organized and delivered by the IDB within a period of approximately thirty days to meet the 1st Cav deployment schedule.  Organized concurrently with the II MEF (Fwd) roundtable, the 1st Cav roundtable was held on September 24 and 25, 2006 in Killeen – Fort Hood, Texas.  The roundtable featured presentations by the Department of State, USAID, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Iraq Reconstruction Management Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD, the Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce of Iraq, as well as NGO’s and the private sector. 

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I MEF (Fwd) Economic Line of Operations Roundtable (2006)

IMEF 2006.jpgThe first event of its kind, this Roundtable was requested by MajGen Richard Zilmer, Commanding General of I MEF (Fwd) and BrigGen David Reist, the Deputy Commanding General (Support).  Held on base at Camp Pendleton, California, the roundtable took place on January 10-11, 2006.  The roundtable included presentations, panel discussions, breakout groups and report-outs.   The organizational structure moved from higher-level presentations on the Iraqi Economy by a Deputy Finance Minister of Iraq to briefings on current operations in Al Anbar Province and to specific break-out group discussions and development of action plans. This Roundtable initiated a new level of understanding and interagency cooperation that was expanded in subsequent roundtables as well as other venues and activities related to economic reconstruction in Iraq.

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LCSR: Seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction

In 2015, the Seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction (LCSR) relaunched as the Course on Cooperation in Stability Operations (CSO).  The new program refocused the curriculum drawing on feedback from alumni and other stakeholders. 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify misperceptions, biases, and miscommunications that destroy trust and prevent cooperation;
  • Discuss roles and missions of participating organizations;
  • Raise the profile of host nations’ public and private sectors in logistics solutions;
  • Identify legal and regulatory obstacles to cross-cultural collaboration;
  • Identify problems in information sharing and analyze solutions;
  • Promote innovation and leadership in overcoming institutional inertia;
  • Use case studies and participants’ experiences to devise methods for archiving and disseminating lessons learned and best practices; and
  • Use the residential experience in Chapel Hill and surrounding areas to strengthen and expand networks among logisticians.

Overviews of previous LCSR Seminars:

LCSR 08              16-21 November 2014

The eighth offering of the Seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction was structured differently in participant recruitment; rather than being centrally funded, the program operated on an open-enrollment model.  Participants from across the crisis response enterprise (field) contributed to a successful week (full) of presentations, discussion, (debate,) simulations, and group exercises. As always, the principal theme of this offering was effective cooperation in the absence of unity of command. A major highlight of LCSR 08 was the featured case study on the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan relief effort in the Philippines.

LCSR 07              2-7 December 2012

The seventh iteration of the Seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction was by all accounts a great success. Participants from the public, private, non-government, and international response arenas actively engaged in a week-long group exercise and also benefitted from a  featured segment case study of the 2008 Cyclone Nargis Relief Effort in Myanmar.

LCSR 06              22-27 July 2012

The sixth iteration of the Seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction was yet another great success. Participants actively engaged in a week-long group exercise and also benefitted from a highly interesting featured segment case study of the Libya Relief Effort.

LCSR 05              5-10 February 2012

The fifth iteration of the Seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction was a resounding success by all accounts and included a new week-long group exercise that greatly benefitted the participants.  The featured segment of 'Catastrophic Disasters' was a well-received analysis of the various components of these high-impact, low-probability events.

LCSR 04             23-28 October 2011

The fourth offering of the Seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction was a well-rounded group of domestic and international crisis responders.  In addition to various group exercises and role-playing scenarios, the seminar featured two new segments on "Private Security Contracting" and "Power and Energy in Crisis Environments". 

LCSR 03            24-29 July 2011

Press Release: Improving Logistics Cooperation in Crisis Environments

The third offering of the Seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction boasted the most evenly distributed organizational participation out of the three courses, due to higher demand and the success of the previous seminars.  Along with a new group exercise, which had the class dissect a problem and come up with a viable solution, the class featured two new segments on "Medical Logistics" and "Construction and Engineering".

LCSR 02            27 February - 4 March 2011

The second offering of the Seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction was a resounding success, stemming from the success of August's LCSR 01, LCSR 02 expanded its participation to include officials from our allies abroad.  New themes of "the role of the media" and "money and contracting" were highlighted at the end of the week while the breakout group exercise scenario from the inaugural seminar remained a valuable, relevant feature of the course with input modifications.

LCSR 01            29 August - 3 September 2010

Press Release: Inaugural Seminar on Improving Logistics Cooperation in Crisis Environments August 29 - September 3, 2010

The inaugural offering of the Seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction (LCSR) was a complete success bringing together the military, DoD agencies, non-governmental and international organizations as well as the private and voluntary sector.

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