The Program and Case Management course (SCM-CM) is designed for personnel who directly participate in the pre-development, development, implementation, execution and closure of foreign military sales (FMS) and building partner capacity (BPC) cases. Through instructor and student dialogue, group exercise and seminars; the course enables the student to understand and apply SC policies, procedures, methods, systems, and actions necessary for effective management of FMS and BPC programs.
The SCM-CM course will provide SC personnel with an increased knowledge of security cooperation (SC) policies, procedures and systems and will provide new perspectives on effective case management methodologies.
The course addresses a broad variety of topics involved in providing total package support for security cooperation programs. Topics include discussion of case management initiatives; case manager interfaces with the in-country Security Cooperation Organization (SCO); technology transfer issues; case management reports; letter of offer and acceptance processes; acquisition and contract considerations; training issues; logistics issues; case reconciliation and closure overview; Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP) for case management; case writing division role; and Military Department current case management issues.
Classes are presented in both lecture and seminar mode to encourage a free and open exchange of ideas between the students and the instructors. Guest speakers from the MILDEPs enhance the discussion of current SC issues and policies. To reinforce the lectures and reading material, a number of practical exercises are woven into the curriculum. In these exercises, the student has the opportunity to directly apply what has been learned in the classroom.
The SCM-CM course is not exclusively for case managers. All U.S. government (USG) personnel involved in any aspect of SC case or program management are eligible to attend. This includes SC personnel located within DoD agencies, any of the SC implementing agencies, Security Cooperation Organizations (SCOs), or the Defense Accounting and Finance Service (DFAS). USG employees include U.S. civilians, U.S. military, Locally Employed Staff (LES), and support contractor equivalents. U.S. Government (USG) case management contractor support employees are eligible.
This course can be repeated every three years as a refresher and to obtain updates on new policies and procedures.
Requests for waivers
Requests for waivers of the above criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Director of Instruction (DISCS/DI).
Graduation from one of the following DISCS courses is required to register for SCM-CM:
• Security Cooperation Management CONUS course (SCM-C
• Security Cooperation Management Overseas course (SCM-O
• For Locally Employed Staff (LES) personnel, the Security Cooperation Management Locally Employed Staff Orientation course (SCM-LO) or the Security Cooperation Management
International Purchaser Orientation course (SCM-IO
It is not recommended that personnel attend SCM-CM until at least six months after graduation from a previous DISCS course. The prerequisite requirement may be met through constructive credit for SCM-C or SCM-O.
An overseas student must have at least one year remaining in his/her SC assignment to be eligible for DISCS training. Exceptions to this one-year minimum retention standard require the approval of the DISCS Commandant who, in turn, will coordinate such approval with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
English Comprehension Level
Not applicable to this course.
Continuous Learning Points
Graduates of this course may use the hours associated as Continuous Learning Points (CLPs, CEPs, etc.) for various professional development programs.
- 31 Defense Acquisition Workforce Continuous Learning Points
Detailed information can be found at Continuous Learning Points.
College Credit Information
Not applicable to this course.
International Affairs Certification Program (IACP)
The Department of Defense International Affairs, Certification Program Guidelines (dated 28 April 2008), set forth
standardized certification guidelines for the International Affairs Certification Program (IACP). Workforce members are required to meet the mandatory
standards of education, training, and experience in order to achieve each of three levels of certification. Certification is not required for
filling IA positions, but it does readily identify those individuals who have completed specific training, education, and experience
thresholds. Certification is available to military and civilian personnel. Click here for more information.
This course can be used to satisfy the Level II or Level III IACP training requirement.
Security Cooperation Workforce Development (SCWD) Database
Requests for DISCS courses will be compared with individual training requirements prescribed by organizations within the Security Cooperation Workforce Development (SCWD) Database. Military
service quota managers and supervisors endorsing training requests should validate individual training requests from the SCWD Database prior to submitting a
student nomination for training. Requests for training above the required level for the prospective student’s position will be allocated
on a “space available” basis. DISCS may also “bump” requests for “desired” training to accommodate “required” training as designated within
the SCWD Database. For further information on the SCWD Database please contact your military service/agency POC, your organizational quota manager or the Registrar.
SCWD Database levels of training are:
- Level One - Security Cooperation Familiarization (online training)
- Level Two - Security Cooperation Orientation Course (primarily online training)
- Level Three - Security Cooperation Management courses (resident and non-resident)
- Level Four - Security Cooperation advanced courses (resident)
SCM-CM is a Level FOUR Course.
Classes and Hours
SCM-CM classes are held daily Monday through Thursday from 0800 to 1600. On Friday, class will end by approximately 1200. Due to increased airport security, commercial airline departures should not be scheduled until after 1500 on the final (Friday) class day. Early departures from the DISCS class are not authorized except in a bona fide emergency after approval from the student’s supervisor.
Cyber Awareness Training Verification Requirements
To complete this course, all students must access the Internet, and specialized course materials available only on the DISCS intranet, using assigned classroom computers. Because the DISCS intranet resides on the Air Force Network (AFNET), DISCS is only authorized to create computer accounts for students who have completed annual DoD Cyber Awareness training within 12 months of the course’s end date. Additionally, all computer security training must be documented in the Air Force’s Active Directory.
Students not affiliated with the U.S. Air Force should be prepared to upload an electronic copy of their DoD Cyber Awareness training completion certificate during registration. Acceptable formats are Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), and Microsoft XPS Document (.xps). This will enable DISCS network technicians to update their training status in Active Directory after manually reviewing the submitted training certificate.
DISCS Funding and Ground Transportation
Except for students in PCS status, DISCS pays all CONUS travel expenses (or from point of entry into CONUS to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH for overseas attendees); other OCONUS
travel expenses are covered by exception only and should be coordinated and approved in advance by the CCMD and DISCS . For students that are PCSing, DISCS will only
fund Per Diem while attending a DISCS course (PCS orders must pay all travel).
DISCS does not pay for the use of rental cars while in residence at courses. Instead, DISCS offers a complimentary shuttle service between student quarters and class and to local eating establishments.
Students choosing to live elsewhere must provide their own transportation to and from class.
Uniform and Dress Requirements
For military personnel, any duty uniform prescribed by their service is appropriate. For civilians, appropriate business casual office attire is appropriate.
Food and Drink
There are limited options for meals around the VOQ or around DISCS. However, VOQ rooms have microwave ovens, refrigerators, and other amenities, so students will have some capability to cook in their rooms.
Many DISCS students find it most convenient to bring lunch to DISCS during the school week. DISCS’s student lounge has a kitchen with a refrigerator, a freezer, several coffee stations with hot water dispensers, and several microwave ovens.
Students may want to bring cooking and eating utensils from home, though most find it more convenient to buy disposable utensils after they arrive.
DISCS enforces a "covered mug" policy, that is, we do not allow open-top beverage cups anywhere in DISCS spaces, especially classrooms.
Additional information for students attending classes at WPAFB can be found in the Student Information Guide.
Friday from 0800 to 1130. Time is allocated at the end of each day for class-related research and study. On the last day, class is dismissed early to allow sufficient time for increased airport security. Commercial airline departures may be scheduled after 1400. Dismissal prior to 1130 is not authorized except in a bona fide emergency.