SCM-CS (SCM-421)
Security Cooperation Management Logistics Support Course
5 Days, MASL IIN D178238]

Objective

The Logistics Support Course (SCM-CS) is designed to provide personnel who are directly involved in or concerned with foreign military sales (FMS) requisitions and materiel movement with a comprehensive understanding and application of the policies, procedures, systems, and actions necessary to move FMS materiel from its initial requisition through shipment to the customer's final destination. The objective is to understand the functions of key organizations involved in materiel distribution, to include the International Logistics Control Organizations (ILCOs), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), contractors, and freight forwarders. Students will understand how to identify the proper procedures for processing requisitions, and the handling and movement of security cooperation (SC) program materiel, with an objective of reducing or preventing deficiencies in the FMS materiel distribution process.

Course Description

This is an advanced course in two parts. The first part is an online refresher course. The second part is a one-week resident course. The online refresher course should be completed no more than 60 days prior to the start of the resident course. Students should already have attended an introductory course and be familiar with FMS programs and procedures. The course focuses on specific aspects of logistics such as the integration of the elements of the total package approach, requirements determination, requisition processing, with an emphasis on shipping and transportation considerations throughout the FMS case and requisition life cycle. The course emphasizes the responsibilities and relationships between the case managers at the ILCOs with the weapon system program manager, the contract administrative office, the DLA and military department (MILDEP) item managers, the transportation coordinators, the freight forwarder, and the FMS customer. The course will focus on how to reduce frustrated and misdirected shipments, reduce supply discrepancy reports, and plan for material movement during LOR development. Students are required to complete an online refresher course prior to being accepted for registration, and must pass a final examination at the end of the course with a minimum score of 75 percent to receive a certificate of graduation for SCM-CS Logistics Support Course.

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.

Continuous Learning Points

Graduates of this course may use the hours associated as Continuous Learning Points (CLPs, CEPs, etc.) for various professional development programs. Specific hours, by course, are listed at Continuous Learning Points.

Ace Equivalency Course Information

Visit the Ace Equivalency Course Information page to see the American Council on Education recommendation for 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.

The SCM-CS is an IA certification Level III course.

Student Requirements

The SCM-CS Logistics Support Course is structured to provide a diverse sample of logistics-oriented topics presented using various methods to suit most adult learning styles. Several lessons will include practical exercises which involve individual and group activities and assignments. Learners are expected to actively participate in all activities and complete all learning assessments to successfully graduate from this course, in addition to achieving a passing score on the final examination. Successful completion of the course is based on a minimum score in each of two categories: Exercises and assessments earn a maximum of 100 points, and the final examination is worth 100 points. A minimum of 150 points is required to successfully complete the course. Learners who fail to achieve minimum standards will not receive course credit or a certificate of completion.

Eligibility Criteria

The SCM-CS Logistics Support Course is open to all personnel supporting FMS logistics, to include Department of Defense (DoD) personnel, U.S. defense contractors, U.S. based freight forwarders, and customer foreign liaison officers. The course is specifically targeted to case managers, system program managers, procurement and administrative contracting officers, contract specialists, item managers, transportation coordinators, customer service representatives, foreign customers, freight forwarders under contract to a foreign government, port facility managers, customs agents, U.S. defense contractors, and U.S. embassy personnel.

This course can be repeated every three years as a refresher and to obtain updates on new policies and procedures.

Prerequisite

Attendees should have a minimum of one year of working experience in a security cooperation position, or one year of performing logistics functions related to security cooperation. Graduation from a basic introductory DISCS course is a prerequisite. For US personnel the following courses comply:

  • SCM-OC: Security Cooperation Management Orientation Course (online)
  • SCM-C: Security Cooperation Management CONUS Course
  • SCM-O: Security Cooperation Management Overseas Course
  • SCM-LO, Security Cooperation Management Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) Orientation Course

For international customers, the following courses comply in either residence or by Mobile Training Team:

  • SCM-IO: Security Cooperation Management International Purchaser Course (formerly SAM-F)

Any candidate who has not completed one of the aforementioned Level 3 prerequisite courses must complete the Level 2 SCM-OC: Security Cooperation Management Orientation Course (online) prior to registering for the Logistics Support Course (SCM-CS).

It is recommended that U.S. personnel who are assigned to full-time security cooperation positions in CONUS complete the SCM-CM Case Management Course prior to taking the SCM-CS Logistics Support Course.

Prerequisite Online Course

Students approved for enrollment in the resident Security Cooperation Management Logistics Support Course (SCM-CS) will also be enrolled in the online SCM-CS course (SCM-CS-OL).

DISCS pays all continental U.S. (CONUS) travel expenses for USG personnel (from point of entry within the CONUS to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH). Non-CONUS related travel expenses are covered by exception only and must be approved by DISCS in advance. DISCS does not pay for the use of rental cars while in residence at courses; however, there is a shuttle van service from the student’s quarters to area eating establishments. The shuttle van service is free of charge for all DISCS students. Shuttle van service is also provided between student’s quarters and the DISCS class building.

DISCS will accept a total of 40 students for each offering of the Logistics Support Course (SCM-CS). The Army, Air Force and Navy will be offered 9 seats each for personnel in Security Cooperation positions. An additional 6 seats per course will be available for personnel from Defense organizations with full-time security cooperation billets. These organizations are:

  • The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), including DISCS, DSADC, DIILS, CWD and the Centers for Strategic Studies
  • The Defense Finance and Account Service (DFAS)
  • The National Security Agency (NSA)

An additional 7 seats per course will be available for international customers, industry personnel, and personnel from specialized organizations performing logistics functions in support of security cooperation programs. These organizations include:

  • The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  • The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
  • The US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), including SDDC, AMC and MSC

Security Clearance

None required.

Classes and Hours

SCM-CS resident courses are held Monday through Thursday from 0800 to 1630 and Friday from 0800 to 1130. Due to increased airport security, commercial airline departures may be scheduled after 1400 on the final class day. Early departures are not authorized except in a bona fide emergency.


Official Review Conducted On: 3/24/2015

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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