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

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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

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
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External Link Disclaimer
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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 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

A lot has happened since my last update here, and I will only hit the highlights. Work continues as things push forward on the SC Workforce Development Program (SCWDP) effort per the guidance in NDAA 2017. I won’t try to address it here – I won’t do it justice in such a short column. However, I’d note that for the most current information – the work of the SCWDP Working Group (and its three Sub-Working Groups and 5 Lines of Effort), are available via a periodic newsletter published by DSCA. If you’d like the most recent edition, please let me know.

In a major realignment to better support DSCA’s efforts to develop the Departments’ Security Cooperation Workforce Development program, the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies has fallen under the Security Cooperation Workforce Development Directorate as of 2 June 2017. This move aligns all SC training, education and certification programs under the Directorate developing and managing the DoD SCWDP and facilitates greater engagement and support for development of the future SC education and training policies and programs as well as the development of the Defense Security Cooperation University.

DISCS has begun efforts for its satellite campus in the National Capital Region – with Mr. Dan Eagle on board as our new Director of Strategy Instruction and the process ongoing to bring on four more faculty (in the process of bringing on three faculty members that will be in place there permanently as we look at existing and new courses that would be most effective in conducting there (several classes now offered there vice our main campus at WPAFB).

In the realm of courseware/class changes – the SCM-O (Overseas) Course has changed its scheme to where all students now attend for the full four weeks. The syllabus has changed and is current on our website.

We are in the process of our cycle for programming DISCS activities/academic calendar for FY18 – really looking to “bridge the gap” between current SC community/enterprise education and training requirements – which are significant – and ultimately get us to where we need to be in the schoolhouse efforts directed by NDAA 2017. One key thing for you to note – as a potential student – we often have unused seats in our classes at Wright-Patt. If you need training and can’t seem to get a seat, please let us/me know. We’ll work with your chain of command to get you a seat in the class that is required for you.

I’ll stop there and set a goal of updating the CC Corner at least monthly to keep you informed in a more timely way in this fast-paced environment.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Reynolds