DISCS : General Information

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency

Our parent organization is the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). DSCA, as part of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), provides financial and technical assistance, transfer of defense matériel, training and services to allies, and promotes military-to-military contacts.

DSCA Organizational Chart

The Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies

  • We conduct educational courses designed to improve the knowledge and enhance the skills of a wide audience in the field of security cooperation. Our students include U.S. military personnel and DoD civilians, employees in the U.S. defense industry, and military and civilian counterparts of foreign governments, among others. Although located on a United States Air Force base, we are responsible to the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in Washington, D.C.
  • We offer both resident and online courses, all listed on our Course Listing page.
  • Resident courses, taught both at DISCS and other locations by arrangement, vary in length from two days to four weeks. Online courses range from about 90 minutes to 20 hours. Each resident course is offered a number of times annually while most online courses are available continuously. The curriculum is designed to provide the highest quality education and tailored to meet student specific needs at all levels of security assistance and security cooperation management.
  • Course content is a blend of instruction on the governing policies concerning security assistance and security cooperation, implementation and execution by various U.S. government agencies, and associated management processes. Throughout the curricula there are subjects intended to broaden the scope and depth of the student’s knowledge of the total security assistance and security cooperation spectrum. The objective of the various courses is to broaden the understanding of the various programs, policies, procedures, responsibilities, and the organizations responsible for implementation.
  • Our educational program quality is maintained by:
    1. Blending students from all MILDEPs and other backgrounds in classroom sizes conducive to open discussion.
    2. Integrating current policies and procedures with practical security assistance problems.
    3. Engaging in practical exercises where possible.
    4. Utilizing advanced technology for instruction.
    5. Selecting faculty with extensive practical knowledge and a strong desire to be instructors.
    6. Using guest speakers recognized as authorities in their field based on their official position and/or experience.
  • We recognize that equal opportunity programs are essential to the accomplishment of the missions of both DoD and DISCS . In keeping with this commitment, discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, mental and physical disability or age is prohibited. We pledge to eliminate barriers and practices that impede opportunity for all students, including sexual harassment, and architectural, transportation, and other barriers affecting people with disabilities.

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Mission

Educate the Security Cooperation Workforce to develop and execute innovative Security Cooperation solutions that support mutual U.S. and partner interests.

Vision

Conduct effective Security Cooperation education that enables whole-of-government efforts to build and maintain networks of relationships that achieve U.S. national security goals.

Values

  • Integrity - Honesty, Responsibility, and Accountability
  • Excellence - Knowledge, Commitment, and Professionalism
  • Service - Dedication, Innovation, and Responsiveness

Mission Areas

  1. Educate and train the Security Cooperation Workforce and the Security Cooperation Enterprise on effective security cooperation management policies, procedures, and techniques.
  2. Enhance the long term professional development of the Security Cooperation Workforce through career and development programs.
  3. Provide security cooperation research, consultation, and information dissemination for the Security Cooperation Enterprise.

Accreditation

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Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone: 770-396-3898 , FAX: 770-396-3790

COE Seal
Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone: 770-396-3898
FAX: 770-396-3790

Our faculty and staff continue to work hard to provide the learning assets required by the growing number of DoD personnel (currently over 10,000) comprising the Security Cooperation (SC) Community along with personnel from other U.S. governmental departments, U.S. industry, and partner countries. As the community grows, so does the quantity and quality of resident and non-resident programs offered to meet the varied education and training requirements dealing with SC and international programs. We continue to ensure the effectiveness of our products through high level dialogue with SC Community leadership and the Community at large through venues including its annual Curriculum Review and student feedback mechanisms.

We were selected by and maintain our accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education (COE) because the standards and criteria established by COE correspond with the Institute’s training mission and SC Community development missions. COE also continues to adapt its accreditation standards to maintain the quality of its affiliated institutions to the growing non-resident/online capabilities within the education and training arena. This along with the other standards enforced within COE accreditation assist us in ensuring our quality and assisting in the improvement of our programs.

DISCS was first awarded accreditation by the COE in 2001 and was reaffirmed in 2007 and 2013 for the maximum possible of 6 years. The next reaffirmation is scheduled for 2019.

Curriculum Review

We host a formal curriculum review yearly with representatives from the Policy and Advisory Council and other stakeholder activities in attendance. In addition to soliciting recommendations for topics to be included in courses, we also present any changes to curriculum that have occurred throughout the year. The DISCS Commandant also uses this opportunity to review attendance figures to ensure we are reaching our intended student body.

Most curriculum is updated routinely as needed without waiting for a formal review. Any member of our faculty or staff may submit proposals at any time to add or delete course information or otherwise recommend changes in any established course. These submissions are made to the course manager and the appropriate director. The Dean of Academic Affairs, in conjunction with the appropriate director, reviews all activities inherent in curriculum development.



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Contact Webmaster
Accessibility Statement
Privacy & Security
No FEAR Act
External Link Disclaimer
FOIA
USA.GOV

Use of this DoD computer system, authorized or unauthorized, constitutes consent to monitoring of this system. Unauthorized use may subject you to criminal prosecution. Evidence of unauthorized use collected during monitoring may be used for administrative, criminal, or other adverse action. Use of this system constitutes consent to monitoring for these purposes.

Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies , 2475 K. Street, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433-7641, Telephone: 937-713-3300

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DISCS is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education

This web site is DSCA PA approved

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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