Online Learning: Learning Guides

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Acquisition
Designed primarily for DoD personnel whose duties in either FMS or DoD acquisition which involves the procurement of defense articles and services in support of FMS cases for partner governments.
Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements (ACSA) FOGO Essentials
designed for senior officers who have the responsibility to support and implement the ACSA program, which helps ensure the logistical readiness of the U.S. and Multinational Forces.
Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements (ACSA) Overview
Intended for staff officers responsible for supporting and implementing the ACSA program.
Army FMS for SCOs
This learning guide is intended for security cooperation organization (SCO) personnel overseas who manage US Army Foreign Military Sales (FMS) cases.
Civilian Diplomatic Attire
This learning guide is designed for SCO personnel stationed in United States embassies overseas who require the routine or occasional wear of civilian diplomatic attire in the performance of their duties.
Congressional Notifications for FMS
For security assistance personnel in Implementing Agencies (IAs), such as case managers, program managers, policy analysts, etc., whose duties involve FMS case development.
Contracting for FMS
Relevant contracting primer for the acquisition and security cooperation workforce.
DCS and FMS Comparison
Designed primarily for foreign government counterparts who determine whether to procure US defense articles and services via FMS or a direct commercial sale. Secondary audiences include US industry and SCO/other DoD personnel who may advise the foreign government in this regard.
Dealing With The Press
This learning guide is for SCO personnel who may interact with U.S. or host nation media in the course of their official duties overseas.
DSCA International Affairs Certification Program
A voluntary program available to all DoD civil service, military, and Locally Employed Staff (LES) personnel regardless of the billet funding source. Personnel who desire to achieve and maintain certification within one of the three tiers of certification are required to complete International Affairs (IA) specific training and meet basic core competencies, education requirements, and experience thresholds associated with the particular tier.
Ethics for SCOs
This learning guide is primarily for Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) personnel but may also benefit staff officers and other officials at combatant commands (CCMDs) and other DoD organizations which deal with international partners and U.S. industry in an official capacity.
FMS Financial Management
This learning guide is designed primarily for DoD and partner nation personnel whose duties involve the financial management of FMS cases.
FMS Process
This learning guide is designed primarily for all DoD and partner nation personnel whose duties involve management of Foreign Military Sales cases.
Golden Sentry End-Use Monitoring (EUM) Program
Intended for Department of Defense officials responsible for managing and conducting End-Use Monitoring (EUM) activities.
History, Authorities and the Interagency Process
For Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) personnel who are deploying overseas as part of a U.S. embassy country team.
Human Rights and Security Cooperation
The Human Rights learning guide provides insight into international human rights law as it impacts the planning and execution of US security cooperation. This learning guide is particularly beneficial for Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) staff who are charged with implementing programs that support the US policy to promote observance of internationally recognized human rights. It is also useful for International Military Student Officers (IMSOs) who implement Field Studies Program (FSP) activities that illustrate human rights principles and values in US culture and institutions.
ICASS
ICASS is the principal means by which the U.S. Government provides and shares the cost of common administrative support at its more than 250 diplomatic and consular posts overseas.
International Military Student Briefing
This learning guide is designed specifically for international military students (IMS) who are scheduled to attend training at Department of Defense schools or other military-sponsored training in the United States. This guide should be viewed by the international military students before their departure from their home country.
International Military Visitor Briefing
Provides important information to international military personnel scheduled to visit the United States.
International Training Management
This learning guide is designed primarily for SCO personnel and other officials in the DoD international training community. Its secondary audience is those officials of partner governments who manage the IMET and other training programs on behalf of their government.
Intro to SC Management
An entry-level orientation for new members of the security cooperation community, including DoD and other USG personnel, US industry employees, and representatives of partner governments.
Introduction To Contracting For FMS
This learning guide provides a concise introduction to the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) environment that DoD contracting personnel support by awarding and administering contracts for FMS.
ITAR 101 Briefing
An introduction to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), managed by the Political-Military Affairs Bureau of the Department of State. It is designed primarily for State Department and DoD personnel who work in support of Foreign Military Sales. It is also beneficial for U.S. defense contractor personnel who engage in international sales. This learning guide is intended only as a general orientation and should not be considered by itself as the source of official U.S. Government policy.
Letter of Request (LOR) Writing Guide
This learning guide is designed primarily for use by the foreign customer engaged in the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. It provides an overview of the Letter of Request (LOR) prepared and submitted by the foreign nation to the United States Government which requests an FMS case for defense articles, services, and/or training. A secondary audience is U.S. Government personnel who work in security assistance, especially personnel in Security Cooperation Organizations (SCOs) who are often called on to assist their host nation counterparts in preparing LORs.
LOA Interpretation Guide
This learning guide is intended for all DoD personnel and international partners who need to be able to read and understand a Foreign Military Sales case in the course of their duties.
Logistics
This learning guide is designed primarily for DoD and partner nation personnel whose duties involve the logistical support for FMS cases.
MILSTRIP
Military Standard Requisition and Issue Procedures (MILSTRIP) for FMS
This learning guide is designed for FMS customers, SCO personnel, FMS case managers, program managers, transporters, contract administrators, logistics managers, and other personnel involved in the ordering, distribution, and/or movement of materiel to international partners through the DoD supply system.
MILSTRIP Translator
A tool designed for FMS customers, SCO personnel, FMS case managers, program managers, transporters, contract administrators, logistics managers, and other personnel who may be involved in the ordering, distribution, and/or movement of materiel to international partners through the DoD supply system.
Overseas Crisis Readiness
This learning guide is for Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) personnel who are deploying overseas as part of a U.S. embassy country team.
Personnel and Administration
For DoD personnel who serve in a SCO, or in related joint duty positions such as combatant command or component command staffs.
Protocol
This learning guide is designed for SCO personnel stationed in United States embassies overseas who during the performance of their duties require the routine or occasional interaction with foreign and U.S. dignitaries.
SCIP Case Status Demo
This learning guide is designed primarily for SCO, partner nation, CCMD, and implementing agency personnel who use the Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP) for FMS case monitoring and information. Before accessing this learning guide, it is recommended that you access the learning guide entitled Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP) for an overview of SCIP features, including how to obtain access to SCIP and its various communities of information.
SCO Responsibilities
This learning guide is designed primarily for DoD personnel who serve in a SCO, or in related joint duty positions such as combatant command or component command staffs.
Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP)
This learning guide is designed primarily for SCO and partner nation personnel who utilize SCIP for FMS case management, end-use monitoring, and related functions.
Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) Personal Entitlements
This learning guide is designed for DoD personnel who are assigned to work in Security Cooperation Organizations (SCOs) overseas. It is designed to provide information on entitlements and requirements for personnel assigned to a SCO and to address some of the circumstances you may find on station.
Training Plan Analysis
This learning guide is designed for SCO personnel working with a country’s Combined Education and Training Program Plan (CETPP), and Training Managers at the Military Service Training Activity.
Understanding the MAPAD
Target Audience This learning guide is designed for FMS customers, SCO personnel, FMS case managers, program managers, transporters, contract administrators, logistics managers, and other personnel involved in the distribution, and movement of materiel to international partners through the DoD supply system.
US Army Security Assistance Training Program
This is designed for Army Personnel involved in the Security Assistance Training program.
Visitor Management for SCOs
This learning guide is designed for SCO personnel stationed in United States embassies overseas who host DoD official visitors, including distinguished visitors (DVs) as part of their normal duties.



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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