SCM-IFT
Security Cooperation Management International Purchaser Financial and Training Management Course
15 Days, MASL IIN D178270, EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2014

SCM-I-Finance/Training provides an overview of security cooperation (SC) programs followed by detailed instruction on financial and training management.

Objective

The overarching objective of DISCS’s international curriculum is to help our security assistance personnel manage and implement the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program in support of their nation’s defense.

SCM-I-Finance/Logistics is designed to meet the needs of senior and mid-level military and civilian officials responsible for the financial management and/or logistics management of FMS cases, including those funded by U.S. grants. This encompasses not only personnel in defense ministries, service headquarters, and procurement bureaus, but may also include international liaison personnel assigned to US organizations in CONUS, as well as defense attachés and foreign procurement officials assigned to Washington, DC.

A list of all DISCS courses available to international partners is at the DISCS Course Catalog.

Course Description

SCM-I-Finance/Training is divided into two parts.

  1. The first part provides an overview of SC, addressing legislation, policy, and procedures; planning, programming, and budgeting; resource management; acquisition and sustainment; contract administration; technology transfer and export controls, all within the context of a security cooperation relationship with the U.S. This portion also looks at financial issues in detail, addressing funds management, pricing policies, and billing procedures.
  2. The second component of the course focuses specifically on the development of training programs, student selection and administration, and automated tools available to international SA/SC training managers.

Instruction is classroom based, with reading assignments and practical exercises reinforcing lectures. The curriculum also includes an extensive Field Studies Program (FSP) that introduces students to the American way of life, incorporating not only visits to local government, commercial, cultural, and educational entities but also to private homes as well.

All instruction is in English.

SCM-I-Finance/Training qualifies for expanded IMET (E-IMET).

Note that DISCS can also offer a comparable course in-country, less the FSP, via a Mobile Training Team(SCM-I-MET, MASL D305024).

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should occupy (or should have been selected to occupy) security cooperation financial management and/or training management positions.

All DISCS international courses require an English Comprehension Level (ECL) test score of 80.

FOR US GOVERNMENT LES: Locally Engaged Staff (LES) working in Security Cooperation Organizations (SCOs) or political-military analysis offices in US embassies are NOT eligible to attend SCM-I-Finance/Training or any other course in DISCS’s international (SCM-I) curriculum.

LES should instead enroll in SCM-LO, which is designed specifically for that audience.

Security Clearance

None required.

Billeting and Transportation

  • SCM-I-Finance/Training starts on a Monday.
  • Students traveling by air should arrive at the Dayton International Airport prior to 2200 hrs on the Sunday immediately preceding the start of their course. DISCS will make our best effort to meet students at the airport upon their arrival. Accordingly, we request that SCOs and/or students provide the Registrar with arrival flight information at least two (2) weeks prior to the arrival date, either via the Security Assistance Network (SAN) or by e-mail or both.
  • If we do not know when you are arriving, we cannot meet you at the airport.
  • SCM-I-Finance/Training lasts three weeks, ending at noon on Friday of the third week. Due to airport security requirements, students should not schedule departure flights until after 1600 hrs on the last day of class. DISCS normally will not authorize early departures except for bona fide emergencies.
  • DISCS will arrange for student lodging, normally at the local Visiting Officers Quarters (VOQ) known as the Wright-Patterson Inn. We will make reservations starting the Sunday prior to class start date. Reservations for rooms prior to Sunday are on a space-available basis only.
  • DISCS recommends that students not bring family members, other dependents, or guests. The VOQ will not provide billeting facilities for them. Moreover, DISCS is not authorized to issue them the identification documents required for access to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB).
  • Students choosing to stay in quarters other than those arranged for by DISCS, whether because they are accompanied by family members or for other reasons, must make their own arrangements, including transportation from the airport. Furthermore, DISCS will not provide statements of non-availability for quarters if rooms are available for students at the VOQ.
  • DISCS provides free bus service between student quarters and the schoolhouse. Students choosing to live elsewhere must provide their own transportation to and from class.
  • DISCS also provides a free shuttle service from student quarters to local eating establishments in the evenings and on weekends.

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 galley with a refrigerator, a freezer, several coffee stations with hot water dispensers, and several microwave ovens.
  • The shuttle service DISCS provides may take students to the WPAFB commissary or to supermarkets off-base to buy food.
  • 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. DISCS will provide each international student with a free complimentary mug as a memento.


Official Review Conducted On: 1/27/2015

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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