DISCS : Leadership

Commandant

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Dr. Ronald H. Reynolds

Dr. Ronald H. Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds assumed his present duties as Commandant of the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS) on 13 September 2001. In this position he is responsible for the leadership of DISCS , a centralized DoD Field Activity under the purview of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency that provides professional education, training, research, and support to advance U.S. foreign policy through security assistance and cooperation. DISCS is responsible for oversight of career programs for the DoD international affairs workforce.

Prior to accepting this position, he served for almost 26 years in the United States Air Force primarily in Information Management, Personnel, and Education & Training positions. His military career included overseas assignments in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1996-1998), Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (1988-1989), and Tegucigalpa, Honduras (1984). His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Air Force Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal (2 OLC).

Dr. Reynolds received a Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Alabama in December of 2001 and holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration (from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1995) and Business Management (from Webster University; 1984). He received a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1979.

Dr. Reynolds currently resides in Beavercreek (OH) with wife, Victoria. They have two children. One son, Eric and his wife Sandy, reside in Kannapolis, North Carolina. One daughter, Erin is married to Petty Officer Third Class Jason Sturgill currently stationed at Mayport Naval Base, Jacksonville, Florida and they have one son, Isaiah.

Deputy Commandant

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Dr. Mark Ahles

Dr. Mark Ahles

Dr. Mark Ahles is currently the Deputy Commandant and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS) – the Defense Department’s institute for education and research on military issues relating to the management of military-to-military cooperative efforts.

Dr. Ahles is a career employee with the Department of Defense, having held previous positions as the Director of International Studies and a Professorship at DISCS , program management positions with the United States Air Force, and serving as a computer analyst at the National Security Agency. He has been awarded by the Department of Defense for his work on security cooperation reform, civilian deployment to combat zones, “Year 2000” computer program management, and assistance to the US Senate on the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty.

Dr. Ahles holds a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science/Political Science from the Union Institute and University, Masters Degrees from the US Army War College and The Ohio State University, as well as a Bachelor of Art (Computer Science) and Associate of Arts (History) from The Ohio State University.

His military career spanned 30 years of active and reserve service. Colonel Ahles retired from the Army National Guard after serving as their Director of Security Cooperation Programs following previous assignments as G-2 Ohio Joint Force Headquarters, Ohio Army National Guard Chemical Officer, Commander of the 155th Chemical Battalion, and National Guard Programs Officer at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, numerous Meritorious Service Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the German Military Proficiency Badge, and the Brazilian Army Excellence Award.

Current research interests are information technology applications in national security and Security Cooperation Impact on U.S. foreign policy. He is leading two research projects – a long-term evaluation of the Security Cooperation Training Program and an evaluation into the effectiveness of multi-channel learning efforts with international military students.



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Commandant's Corner

Hello Security Cooperation Workforce! I do my best to update this every 90 days, but things are working so hot and heavy that I could cover ground easily doing it monthly – things are moving very quickly and these few words are only a quick snapshot!

First and foremost, we welcomed LTG Charles G. Hooper as the new DSCA Director – the 17th Director of DSCA.

In my last update, I talked about the start-up of the DISCS campus being established in the National Capital Region (NCR). Let me take this “edition” to update everyone on the milestone. I’m pleased to say that the campus was activated on 2 October 2017. We have 5 personnel currently on board, with their faculty qualification ongoing. While their primary duties will involve instruction and administration at the DISCS-NCR campus, upon certification DISCS-NCR instructors, will support broader course development as well as instruction for DISCS courses at all locations. Likewise, DISCS faculty at WPAFB will continue to support DISCS-NCR courses in both interim and long term operations. This is to help ensure that professional expertise and interaction among our faculty, DSCA headquarters personnel and representatives of organizations and agencies in the NCR remains robust.

DISCS-NCR personnel will work out of offices in DSCA headquarters until the new DISCS –NCR campus is constructed. Classes will continue to be held in the interim at rented facilities, but we anticipate classes commencing in January 2019 in the new DISCS-NCR campus on the third floor of the Crystal City Gateway Two building (CG-2) following construction slated to begin next summer (2018). This is exciting!

Work does continue on the Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP) effort. There is a Working Group Meeting coming up on 23-24 October in Arlington, VA with much focusing on the “Final Guidance” for the Program which is due to Congress around Christmas. That will provide much of the direction on where the Program will be headed as we move ahead. Coordination will be in the works in the next few weeks. There’s no way that I can cover a lot of the details here and won’t try. However, know that your organization very likely (if you’re reading this, should) have someone participating in the Working Group who can give you the very latest information. If you can’t find someone, please let me know and I’ll help you find them.

Finally, DISCS announced its program of course offerings for FY18 with everything now posted on our website. Thank you for bearing with us – we anticipate getting next year’s plan (for FY19) out earlier to enhance your planning calendars as well.

I’ll stop there and re-establish a goal of updating the Commandant’s Corner as often as possible to keep you informed in a more timely way in this fast-paced environment.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Reynolds

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Commandant's Corner

Hello Security Cooperation Workforce! I do my best to update this every 90 days, but things are working so hot and heavy that I could cover ground easily doing it monthly – things are moving very quickly and these few words are only a quick snapshot!

First and foremost, we welcomed LTG Charles G. Hooper as the new DSCA Director – the 17th Director of DSCA.

In my last update, I talked about the start-up of the DISCS campus being established in the National Capital Region (NCR). Let me take this “edition” to update everyone on the milestone. I’m pleased to say that the campus was activated on 2 October 2017. We have 5 personnel currently on board, with their faculty qualification ongoing. While their primary duties will involve instruction and administration at the DISCS-NCR campus, upon certification DISCS-NCR instructors, will support broader course development as well as instruction for DISCS courses at all locations. Likewise, DISCS faculty at WPAFB will continue to support DISCS-NCR courses in both interim and long term operations. This is to help ensure that professional expertise and interaction among our faculty, DSCA headquarters personnel and representatives of organizations and agencies in the NCR remains robust.

DISCS-NCR personnel will work out of offices in DSCA headquarters until the new DISCS –NCR campus is constructed. Classes will continue to be held in the interim at rented facilities, but we anticipate classes commencing in January 2019 in the new DISCS-NCR campus on the third floor of the Crystal City Gateway Two building (CG-2) following construction slated to begin next summer (2018). This is exciting!

Work does continue on the Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP) effort. There is a Working Group Meeting coming up on 23-24 October in Arlington, VA with much focusing on the “Final Guidance” for the Program which is due to Congress around Christmas. That will provide much of the direction on where the Program will be headed as we move ahead. Coordination will be in the works in the next few weeks. There’s no way that I can cover a lot of the details here and won’t try. However, know that your organization very likely (if you’re reading this, should) have someone participating in the Working Group who can give you the very latest information. If you can’t find someone, please let me know and I’ll help you find them.

Finally, DISCS announced its program of course offerings for FY18 with everything now posted on our website. Thank you for bearing with us – we anticipate getting next year’s plan (for FY19) out earlier to enhance your planning calendars as well.

I’ll stop there and re-establish a goal of updating the Commandant’s Corner as often as possible to keep you informed in a more timely way in this fast-paced environment.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Reynolds