The Logistics Support Course (SCM-CS) is designed to provide personnel who are directly involved in or concerned with foreign military sales (FMS) requisitions and materiel movement with a comprehensive understanding and application of the policies, procedures, systems, and actions necessary to move FMS materiel from its initial requisition through shipment to the customer's final destination. The objective is to understand the functions of key organizations involved in materiel distribution, to include the International Logistics Control Organizations (ILCOs), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), contractors, and freight forwarders. Students will understand how to identify the proper procedures for processing requisitions, and the handling and movement of security cooperation (SC) program materiel, with an objective of reducing or preventing deficiencies in the FMS materiel distribution process.
This is an advanced course in two parts. The first part is an online refresher course. The second part is a one-week resident course. The online refresher course should be completed no more than 60 days prior to the start of the resident course.
Students should already have attended an introductory course and be familiar with FMS programs and procedures. The course focuses on specific aspects of logistics such as the integration of the elements of the total package approach, requirements determination, requisition processing, with an emphasis on shipping and transportation considerations throughout the FMS case and requisition life cycle. The course emphasizes the responsibilities and relationships between the case managers at the ILCOs with the weapon system program manager, the contract administrative office, the DLA and military department (MILDEP) item managers, the transportation coordinators, the freight forwarder, and the FMS customer. The course will focus on how to reduce frustrated and misdirected shipments, reduce supply discrepancy reports, and plan for material movement during LOR development. Students are required to complete an online refresher course prior to being accepted for registration, and must pass a final examination at the end of the course with a minimum score of 75 percent to receive a certificate of graduation for SCM-CS Logistics Support Course.
CYBER AWARENESS TRAINING VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
To complete this course, all students must access the Internet, and specialized course materials available
only on the
intranet, using assigned classroom computers. Because the
on the Air Force Network (AFNET),
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
network technicians to update their training status in
Active Directory after manually reviewing the submitted training certificate.
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
Ace Equivalency Course Information
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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.
The SCM-CS is an IA certification Level III course.
The SCM-CS Logistics Support Course is structured to provide a diverse sample of logistics-oriented topics presented using various methods to suit most adult learning styles. Several lessons will include practical exercises which involve individual and group activities and assignments. Learners are expected to actively participate in all activities and complete all learning assessments to successfully graduate from this course, in addition to achieving a passing score on the final examination. Successful completion of the course is based on a minimum score in each of two categories: Exercises and assessments earn a maximum of 100 points, and the final examination is worth 100 points. A minimum of 150 points is required to successfully complete the course. Learners who fail to achieve minimum standards will not receive course credit or a certificate of completion.
The SCM-CS Logistics Support Course is open to all personnel supporting FMS logistics, to include Department of Defense (DoD) personnel, U.S. defense contractors, U.S. based freight forwarders, and customer foreign liaison officers. The course is specifically targeted to case managers, system program managers, procurement and administrative contracting officers, contract specialists, item managers, transportation coordinators, customer service representatives, foreign customers, freight forwarders under contract to a foreign government, port facility managers, customs agents, U.S. defense contractors, and U.S. embassy personnel.
This course can be repeated every three years as a refresher and to obtain updates on new policies and procedures.
Attendees should have a minimum of one year of working experience in a security cooperation position, or one year of performing logistics functions related to security cooperation. Graduation from a basic introductory DISCS course is a prerequisite. For US personnel the following courses comply:
- SCM-OC: Security Cooperation Management Orientation Course (online)
- SCM-C: Security Cooperation Management CONUS Course
- SCM-O: Security Cooperation Management Overseas Course
- SCM-LO, Security Cooperation Management Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) Orientation Course
For international customers, the following courses comply in either residence or by Mobile Training Team:
- SCM-IO: Security Cooperation Management International Purchaser Course (formerly SAM-F)
Any candidate who has not completed one of the aforementioned Level 3 prerequisite courses must complete the Level 2 SCM-OC: Security Cooperation Management Orientation Course (online) prior to registering for the Logistics Support Course (SCM-CS).
It is recommended that U.S. personnel who are assigned to full-time security cooperation positions in CONUS complete the SCM-CM Case Management Course prior to taking the SCM-CS Logistics Support Course.
Prerequisite Online Course
Students approved for enrollment in the resident Security Cooperation Management Logistics Support Course (SCM-CS) will also be enrolled in the online SCM-CS course (SCM-CS-OL).
DISCS pays all continental U.S. (CONUS) travel expenses for USG personnel (from point of entry within the CONUS to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH). Non-CONUS related travel expenses are covered by exception only and must be approved by DISCS in advance. 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. Shuttle van service is also provided between student’s quarters and the DISCS class building.
DISCS will accept a total of 40 students for each offering of the Logistics Support Course (SCM-CS). The Army, Air Force and Navy will be offered 9 seats each for personnel in Security Cooperation positions. An additional 6 seats per course will be available for personnel from Defense organizations with full-time security cooperation billets. These organizations are:
- The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), including DISCS, DSADC, DIILS, CWD and the Centers for Strategic Studies
- The Defense Finance and Account Service (DFAS)
- The National Security Agency (NSA)
An additional 7 seats per course will be available for international customers, industry personnel, and personnel from specialized organizations performing logistics functions in support of security cooperation programs. These organizations include:
- The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
- The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
- The US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), including SDDC, AMC and MSC
Classes and Hours
SCM-CS resident courses are held Monday through Thursday from 0800 to 1630 and Friday from 0800 to 1130. Due to increased airport security, commercial airline departures may be scheduled after 1400 on the final class day. Early departures are not authorized except in a bona fide emergency.