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 Message

I'm hoping that you've not had issues finding us! As you can tell by our new website -- The Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (DISAM) transitioned to the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS). This became effective 1 July 2016, and comes as DSCA more closely aligns the schoolhouse, its curriculum, and its mission priorities with DOD strategic guidance, and DSCA's vision for the future. The name change reflects DSCA's focus on full spectrum capability building and that the schoolhouse's mandate for training the workforce has expanded beyond Security Assistance to include all of Security Cooperation.

There are a number of transitional issues in progress and we will work with various constituencies and other supporting organizations to be as seamless as possible in our support to you. As you can see, the Institute’s website has a new URL of www.iscs.dsca.mil. In terms of you contacting DISCS, please note that "Group e-mail addresses" (such as the Registrar’s Office) will change as soon as we can work through the IT wickets, but old group email addresses should work after the change for some time. All email addresses and phone numbers for institute personnel remain the same as they were prior to changing our name to the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies. Note that there have been no changes to course designations or names of the courses offered by the Institute.

This is an exciting time for the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies and we looking forward to continuing our long-standing service to the security cooperation workforce for years to come as we keep pace with the environment impacting all of you as our constituents.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Reynolds
Commandant
Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies

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Commandant's Message

I'm hoping that you've not had issues finding us! As you can tell by our new website -- The Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (DISAM) transitioned to the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS). This became effective 1 July 2016, and comes as DSCA more closely aligns the schoolhouse, its curriculum, and its mission priorities with DOD strategic guidance, and DSCA's vision for the future. The name change reflects DSCA's focus on full spectrum capability building and that the schoolhouse's mandate for training the workforce has expanded beyond Security Assistance to include all of Security Cooperation.

There are a number of transitional issues in progress and we will work with various constituencies and other supporting organizations to be as seamless as possible in our support to you. As you can see, the Institute’s website has a new URL of www.iscs.dsca.mil. In terms of you contacting DISCS, please note that "Group e-mail addresses" (such as the Registrar’s Office) will change as soon as we can work through the IT wickets, but old group email addresses should work after the change for some time. All email addresses and phone numbers for institute personnel remain the same as they were prior to changing our name to the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies. Note that there have been no changes to course designations or names of the courses offered by the Institute.

This is an exciting time for the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies and we looking forward to continuing our long-standing service to the security cooperation workforce for years to come as we keep pace with the environment impacting all of you as our constituents.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Reynolds