Online Learning: Overview

General

We currently offer a variety of online courses and learning guides for the Security Cooperation Community. Below is a summary of our online services as provided by our Online Learning Directorate (DISCS/DO). For more information about a specific online course or learning guide, from the main menu above click Online Learning/Learning Guides, and then click the Course Listing or Learning Guides menu item.

Online Courses

Our online courses require student registration and award a certificate for successful completion. Most courses are self-paced, which means the student may register and start at any time. Anticipated time for completion is provided in the course information for each course. The MTCR-OL course (Missile Technology Control Regime Online) is facilitated by a DISCS instructor and is therefore conducted on specific dates (provided on DISCS’s homepage and under the Class Schedule tab when you click on MTCR-OL to the left). Eligibility varies for each course. The introductory Security Cooperation Management Familiarization Course (SCM-FA-OL), is open to the general public, including international partner personnel. Other courses are open only to USG or DoD contract personnel with specific responsibilities. Additionally, SCM-OC-OL also serves as a prerequisite for DISCS’s resident SCM-C course.

Students may apply for an online course by submitting an online registration form. We reserve the right to confirm a student’s identity and eligibility upon receipt of a registration request. After students receive an email approval from our Registrar's Office, they may begin their online study through Blackboard, which can be accessed at Blackboard Login/Help under Online Learning/Learning Guides from the main menu above.

Please contact the Online Learning Help Desk if you experience any difficulty accessing the DISCS Blackboard website.

Learning Guides

Our learning guides are "just in time" informational lessons on specific topics. As such, they do not require student registration and do not award a certificate. Each guide can be accessed directly by clicking on the "BEGIN TRAINING" button found on at the top of each learning guide, which are listed at Learning Guides under Online Learning/Learning Guides from the main menu above.

New to Security Cooperation? Where Do I Start?

If you have no prior training in security cooperation or security assistance, we recommend the following exact sequence of training:

  1. SCM-FA-OL – A short familiarization on Security Cooperation and its components as conducted by DoD and more broadly by the US Government.
  2. IPSR-OL – if your duties require routine or occasional work in “international programs,” which refers to security cooperation programs with partner nations, DoD policy requires you to take this online course or its resident equivalent (IPSR). Additionally, this is a prerequisite for attendance at DISCS’s SCM-C course.
  3. If your duties require further training, you would normally be scheduled for resident training at DISCS, primarily SCM-C for personnel in CONUS-based organizations or SCM-O (or SCM-AO) for personnel in Security Cooperation Organizations overseas or in CCMD headquarters. However, if you wish, you may continue your online learning with SCM-OC-OL. Note that SCM-OC-OL is also a prerequisite (along with IPSR-OL or its equivalent) for attendance at SCM-C or SCM-CX.

Accommodating Students with Special Needs

The student is responsible for advising the DISCS Registrars should the student have an impairment that impedes access to the courseware online. DISCS's Online Learning Directorate in coordination with the employee's supervisor will arrange an alternate means of delivering the course to the student.



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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.

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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