The SCM-C course is currently available in resident at DISCS and as a mobile-training-team course at a specific field activity customer location. The Security Cooperation Management CONUS Course (SCM-C) is designed for personnel who are new to the Security Cooperation workforce, and who work full time in Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and/or Building Partner Capacity (BPC) programs in CONUS. Through instructor and student dialogue and workshops, the course provides an enhanced understanding and application of the policies, procedures, methods, systems, and sequential actions necessary for the effective management of FMS and security cooperation programs.
Acceptance into the SCM-C requires completion of two online prerequisites: The SCM-OC-OL (Orientation Course-Online) and the International Programs Security Requirements Course-Online* (IPSR-OL). Registration for both the SCM-OC-OL and the IPSR-OL can be done through the DISCS website. Students will apply the information learned in the two online prerequisites during the SCM-C resident course. Students must successfully complete all online course requirements no later than 10 calendar days prior to the start of the SCM-C resident course or they will not be allowed to attend the SCM-C. For information and registration for the SCM-OC-OL and IPSR-OL courses, please select the “Online Learning” tab on the DISCS website. See the section on Prerequisites for further information.
The SCM-C course is five days and normally runs from 0800 until 1530 Monday through Friday. Topics addressed include legal foundations, technology transfer, program planning and coordination, international programs security, acquisition, contracting, pricing and financial management, logistics, training management, and the Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP). See the syllabus for more information on what will be covered and the duration in each lesson.
SCM-C lessons include exercises that reinforce the material learned during the Orientation Course-Online (SCM-OC-OL) and will simulate actual procedures, decision trees, work flows and situations associated with security cooperation. Students will be tested on the first morning of the class on their retention of material they should have learned from the Orientation and IPSR online courses. The timed test consists of ten multiple choice questions. Those students who do not achieve a passing score of at least 70% will be required to repeat selected modules of the SCM-OC-OL by staying after class for up to 90 minutes over three consecutive days. Students are strongly encouraged to review the continuity books for each lesson of the SCM-OC-OL and the IPSR-OL prior to arriving for the SCM-C (CONUS) course. These continuity books are located within each lesson module of the SCM-OC and IPSR-OL in the Resources menu, in Blackboard. In addition, students will be sent an email approximately two weeks prior to the start of the SCM-C course with login instructions to access Blackboard where the continuity books will be available for review.
Daily take home quizzes will be distributed Monday thru Thursday. A final quiz will be administered in class on Friday afternoon, for a total of 20 questions for the week. Students must achieve a total score of 70% to pass the class.
This course meets International Program Security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20.
Personnel selected to attend this class should be assigned to US government activities in CONUS against billets related in some way to SA/SC. This includes contractor support personnel. Although the majority of students are affiliated with DoD, personnel in similar job positions in other federal agencies may also attend. Generally, most students are between military pay grades E-7 and O-5 or comparable civilian pay grades.
Requests for waivers of the above criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis by DISCS’s Director of Management Studies (DISCS/DM).
As a reminder, all students are required to complete the Security Cooperation Management Orientation Course-Online (SCM-OC-OL) course and the International Programs Security Requirements-Online (IPSR-OL) course prior to attending SCM-C.
Members of the security cooperation (SC) workforce with extensive SC experience may qualify for "constructive credit" for SCM-C. 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 of Instruction (DISCS /DI).
The student must complete the following online courses prior to taking the SCM-C Course:
- IPSR-OL*. This course meets International Program Security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20
The SCM-OC-OL and the IPSR-OL courses must be completed no later than 10 calendar days prior to the start of the SCM-C. The 10-day window prior to the start of the classroom portion of the course is to ensure all students have completed the SCM-OC-OL and IPSR-OL courses and to prepare orders so students may attend the classroom portion of the SCM-C Course.
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.
- 32 Defense Acquisition Workforce Continuous Learning Points
- 5 Financial Management Workforce Continuous Education and Training requirements
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-C 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. Click here for more information.
This 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-C is a Level THREE Course.
None required for this course.
Classes and Hours
SCM-C holds classes daily on normal USG workdays. Classes begin at 0800 on Monday morning and 0745 Tuesday through Friday. Classes end at approximately 1530 Monday through Friday. Students must finish all classroom and prerequisite requirements before certificates of graduation will be awarded. Due to increased airport security, students should not schedule commercial airline departures before 1800 on Day 5 (Friday). DISCS does not authorize early departures except in a bona fide emergency.
When the SCM-C is offered as an onsite course, exported to client locations as SCM-C-X, the same course prerequisites, class hours, course structure, and graduation requirements apply.
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
Except for students in PCS status, DISCS pays all CONUS travel expenses (or from point of entry into CONUS to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH for overseas attendees); other OCONUS travel expenses are covered by exception only and should be coordinated and approved in advance by the CCMD and DISCS . For students that are PCSing, DISCS will only fund Per Diem while attending a DISCS course (PCS orders must pay all travel). DISCS does not pay for the use of rental cars while in residence at courses; however, 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 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.
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.