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 that cannot attend the full SCM-O Resident Course
at DISCS. The end result of this course is a working knowledge of
SCO-relevant security cooperation (SC) policies and procedures unique to
that specific country. Graduates will have the basic skills to effectively
implement SC duties in their respective host countries in support of U.S.
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
- 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 DISCS. SDO/DATTs in the grade of O-7 and above
should, at a minimum, attend the SCM-E (or SCM-AO) at DISCS . SC personnel
attending the SCM-OM course in lieu of the SCM-O or SCM-E courses will
receive credit for training specific for that country only. Any follow on
assignment to other SCO or SC billets may require that they first attend the
full SCM-O, 4-week course at DISCS.
- 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.