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.
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, international customers, freight forwarders under contract to a foreign government, port facility managers, customs agents, U.S. defense contractors, and U.S. embassy personnel.
Applicants should occupy (or should have been selected to occupy) security cooperation logistics management or case management 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 the Director of Instruction (DISCS /DI).
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 U.S. 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.
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).
English Comprehension Level
An English Comprehension Level (ECL) score of at least 80 is required for all international students to attend 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
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-CS 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 III 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-CS is a Level FOUR Course.
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.
Cyber Awareness Training Verification Requirements
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.
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.
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 kitchen 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.