The Executive United States Government (USG) and U.S. Defense Industry Course (SCM-E) is designed to provide senior-level personnel from both the USG and U.S. defense industry an understanding of the overall USG security cooperation/security assistance purpose, policies, management structure, and execution processes.
SCM-E course is a 4.5 day course conducted quarterly in the National Capital Region. Instruction topics include SC legal authorities and policies; SC planning; overseas SC organization responsibilities; SC sales process; technology transfer policy; SC contracting policy; SC logistics support; SC training policy; SC financial policy; SC Information Portal (SCIP) introduction, and a comparison of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Direct Commercial Sales (DCS).
The course includes guest speaker presentations by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on an executive perspective of SC; the Department of State (DoS) on current issues in SC; the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) on current technology transfer issues; the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) on international acquisition and exportability; and the Foreign Procurement Group (FPG) on the international partner’s perspective on FMS. The syllabus provides more information on the content and duration of each lesson.
Classes are primarily presented in lecture by both DISCS faculty and guest speakers. Often, select students are also subject matter experts in specific elements of SC. Questions and discussion among the speakers and students is encouraged.
This course meets International Program Security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20.
USG employees and U.S. industry personnel are eligible. USG and industry personnel should be programmed for or assigned to SC activities, or in related positions in security assistance, international logistics, financial management, and training management activities.
USG employees include U.S. civilians GS-15 or equivalent and above, U.S. military O-6 and above, and support contractor equivalents.
U.S. industry personnel include U.S. citizens and U.S. persons (as defined in the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) Section §120.15) representing U.S. defense industry companies at the executive level (Vice Presidents, Program Managers, etc.). Industry students are admitted on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of a request for admission.
The Executive Tutorial course (SCM-STC) is a modified version of the SCM-E
course presented over 2.5 days in the National Capital Region. The SCM-STC is intended for Flag Officers and SES students whose schedule precludes them from
attending one of the quarterly scheduled SCM-E courses. More information on scheduling a SCM-STC course is provided at SCM-STC.
Members of the security cooperation (SC) workforce with extensive SC experience may qualify for "constructive credit" for SCM-E. See “Academic Info/Programs: Constructive Credit” on the DISCS home page for further details.
Requests for Waivers
Requests for waivers of the above criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Director, Instruction (DISCS/DI).
No prerequisite courses are required.
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.
- 27 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 is a Level I introductory international course for International Affairs certification.
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-E is a Level THREE course.
The Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP) lesson on Day 4, 1410-1530 is for USG personnel only.
Classes and Hours
SCM-E classes begin at 0800 each day Monday through Friday. Classes end at approximately 1530 each day except for Friday when the course will conclude by approximately 1230. Based on student feedback, a 1.5 hour lunch break (1130-1300) is provided for students to network with other students and to address priority work issues. DISCS does not authorize early departures except in a bona fide emergency.
Cyber Awareness Training Verification Requirements
Not required for this course.
DISCS Funding and Ground Transportation
Students are responsible to arrange their own billeting and transportation.
Tuition: There is no tuition cost for USG employees or U.S. defense industry personnel to attend SCM-E.
Travel related costs for USG Employees:
- For military and USG civilian employees, DISCS will fund all CONUS travel expenses (i.e., between CONUS home station or CONUS point of entry and the National Capital Region), including lodging and per diem. DISCS will cover expenses for OCONUS travel by exception only and only if approved in advance.
- National Capital Region Local Transportation: SCM-E is offered in a central location convenient to the Washington Reagan airport and Metrorail, as well as in close proximately to several local eating establishments. DISCS does not fund rental cars for students attending National Capital Region courses given the accessibility of public transportation. DISCS will fund a $20.00 METRO card if required to attend class.
- For students that in a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) status, DISCS will only fund per diem while attending a DISCS course. PCS orders must pay all travel.
Travel related costs for U.S. industry: Industry is responsible to all travel related costs.
Uniform and Dress Requirements
For U.S. military personnel, any duty uniform prescribed by their service is appropriate. For USG civilians and USG contractors, appropriate business casual office attire is appropriate.
Food and Drink
Classes convene in a commercial hotel conference room. Other than water, no food or beverages are provided under the DISCS agreement with the hotel. Students should plan to bring or acquire their own food and beverages. No onsite refrigeration or microwave capabilities are available. Food and drink can be individually purchased at the hotel dining facility, hotel store, or at nearby vendors.
Additional information for students attending classes at WPAFB can be found in the Student Information Guide.