This course is designed to meet the educational requirements of U.S. Embassy Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) personnel in specific countries with large/unique SCO missions. The end result of this course is a working knowledge of SCO-relevant security cooperation (SC) policies and procedures. Graduates will have the basic skills to effectively implement SC duties in their respective host countries in support of U.S. foreign policy.
This course meets international program security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20.
Core Instruction is provided on:
- The many complex and interrelated aspects of security assistance (SA) and SC. DoDD 5132.03 defines security cooperation as those activities undertaken by DoD to encourage and enable international partners to work with the United States to achieve strategic objectives. It includes all DoD interactions with foreign defense and security establishments, including all DoD-administered security assistance (SA) programs that contribute to building defense and security relationships, strengthening foreign defense/security capacity, or promoting specific U.S. security interests.
- The embassy environment, management of budget and other resources within the SCO, SC databases, international training management responsibilities, and other SCO operational requirements.
- SC program planning and management within the parameters of DoD, DoS, and USAID objectives.
The course includes lecture and practical exercise. Instruction is provided by DISCS faculty members and guest lecturers, to include senior DoD officials as well as representatives of other USG agencies.
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
- US Government employees and contractor equivalents are eligible for attendance.
- All DoD personnel assigned to overseas positions responsible for security assistance and security cooperation management are required by DoDI 5132.13 to complete this course. The SDO/DATTs shall, if in the grade of O-6 or below, attend the SCM-O at
. SDO/DATTs in the grade of O-7 and above should, at a minimum, attend the SCM-E (or SCM-AO) at
- A SECRET clearance is required for all students.
- Personnel selected for attendance should be assigned to occupy security assistance or security cooperation management positions. These include billets in SCOs or Defense Attaché Offices (DAO) overseas, CCMDs, DoD component commands, other DoD entities (i.e. including training and education institutions), and interagency staffs who have a role and/or responsibility in Security Cooperation/Security Assistance.