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 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