The objective of the Security Cooperation Management – State Partnership Program (SCM-SP) course is to provide mid-level security cooperation education and an introduction to security assistance for U.S. military and civilian personnel serving within the DoD State Partnership Program (SPP) community which supports U.S. international security cooperation/assistance programs. The general course objective is to furnish students with a basic understanding of the SPP, emphasizing security cooperation administration, planning organization, and operations, as well as emphasizing the interaction and constraints of the SPP with DoD security assistance activities.
This course meets International Program Security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20.
Instruction is provided on the State Partnership Program (SPP) and the many interrelated aspects of the SPP with security assistance and security cooperation activities. These include the role of the Department of State in foreign policy, that of the Department of Defense in national defense, and that of the Congress in the areas of authorization, appropriation, and oversight. The functions and responsibilities of the National Guard Bureau and the State Guard headquarters, the Combatant Commands, Component Commands, DSCA, and the Military Departments (MILDEPs) are also addressed. The syllabus lists the various topics covered in this course. The emphasis of the curriculum is on the policies and procedures involved in the operational management of security assistance and security cooperation activities within the scope of the State Partnership Program.
This course is intended for U.S. government personnel who currently occupy, have been selected to occupy, or support Department of Defense State Partnership Program (SPP) positions.
This course can be repeated every three years as a refresher and to obtain updates on new policies and procedures.
Requests for waivers
Requests for waivers of the above criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis by:
Director of International Affairs
National Guard Bureau, NBG-J5
111 South George Mason Drive
Arlington Hall Station (AHS) 2
Arlington, VA 22204
The student must complete the following online course prior to attending the SCM-SP Course:
- International Program Security Requirements (“IPSR online module”).
Upon registration for the SCM-SP course, the registrar will provide instructions on how to access the IPSR online module. (Since students will receive a presentation on program security during the SCM-SP course, the “IPSR online module” prerequisite is a modified version of the full SCM-IPSR OL online course. The full SCM-IPSR OL course offered by DISCS is not a requirement for SCM-SP.)
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.
- 31 Defense Acquisition Workforce Continuous Learning Points
Detailed information can be found at Continuous Learning Points.
College Credit Information
The Office of Educational Credit of the American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated the SCM-SP course and recommended credit for three semester hours of upper division baccalaureate credit in supply chain management. This recommendation is published as course code DD-1408-0038 in the ACE's annual Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, the standard reference for determining transfer credits among U.S. institutions of higher learning.
Please 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. For more information click here.
This course is a Level I course for IA certification purposes.
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-SP is a Level THREE Course.
Classes and Hours
SCM-SP holds classes daily on normal USG workdays. They are normally scheduled between 0745 and 1700, with appropriate periods for research and study. The course will be completed by 1700 on Friday. Commercial airline departures may be scheduled after 1900. Early departures are not authorized except in a bona fide emergency.
This course is divided into 6 phases:
- Organization and structure of State Partnership Program (SPP) related agencies
- SPP activities and responsibilities
- Security cooperation practices
- Regional studies
- International program security
- Student evaluation
The syllabus which follows is organized to reflect daily classroom activities. Each lesson is identified by title, general content, and number of classroom hours. The course of instruction will include a combination of lectures, practical exercises, and class discussions.
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.
DISCS Funding and Ground Transportation
DISCS funding is not authorized/available for the SCM-SP (State Partnership) course.
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.
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
There are limited options for meals around the VOQ and 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.
During non-duty hours, DISCS has contracted for a shuttle van service from students’ quarters to off-base eating establishments. This service is free of charge for all DISCS students.
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.
Additional information for students attending classes at WPAFB can be found in the Student Information Guide.