DISCS : Leadership

Commandant

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Dr. Ronald H. Reynolds

Dr. Ronald H. Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds assumed his present duties as Commandant of the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS) on 13 September 2001. In this position he is responsible for the leadership of DISCS , a centralized DoD Field Activity under the purview of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency that provides professional education, training, research, and support to advance U.S. foreign policy through security assistance and cooperation. DISCS is responsible for oversight of career programs for the DoD international affairs workforce.

Prior to accepting this position, he served for almost 26 years in the United States Air Force primarily in Information Management, Personnel, and Education & Training positions. His military career included overseas assignments in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1996-1998), Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (1988-1989), and Tegucigalpa, Honduras (1984). His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Air Force Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal (2 OLC).

Dr. Reynolds received a Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Alabama in December of 2001 and holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration (from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1995) and Business Management (from Webster University; 1984). He received a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1979.

Dr. Reynolds currently resides in Beavercreek (OH) with wife, Victoria. They have two children. One son, Eric and his wife Sandy, reside in Kannapolis, North Carolina. One daughter, Erin is married to Petty Officer Third Class Jason Sturgill currently stationed at Mayport Naval Base, Jacksonville, Florida and they have one son, Isaiah.

Deputy Commandant

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Dr. Mark Ahles

Dr. Mark Ahles

Dr. Mark Ahles is currently the Deputy Commandant and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS) – the Defense Department’s institute for education and research on military issues relating to the management of military-to-military cooperative efforts.

Dr. Ahles is a career employee with the Department of Defense, having held previous positions as the Director of International Studies and a Professorship at DISCS , program management positions with the United States Air Force, and serving as a computer analyst at the National Security Agency. He has been awarded by the Department of Defense for his work on security cooperation reform, civilian deployment to combat zones, “Year 2000” computer program management, and assistance to the US Senate on the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty.

Dr. Ahles holds a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science/Political Science from the Union Institute and University, Masters Degrees from the US Army War College and The Ohio State University, as well as a Bachelor of Art (Computer Science) and Associate of Arts (History) from The Ohio State University.

His military career spanned 30 years of active and reserve service. Colonel Ahles retired from the Army National Guard after serving as their Director of Security Cooperation Programs following previous assignments as G-2 Ohio Joint Force Headquarters, Ohio Army National Guard Chemical Officer, Commander of the 155th Chemical Battalion, and National Guard Programs Officer at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, numerous Meritorious Service Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the German Military Proficiency Badge, and the Brazilian Army Excellence Award.

Current research interests are information technology applications in national security and Security Cooperation Impact on U.S. foreign policy. He is leading two research projects – a long-term evaluation of the Security Cooperation Training Program and an evaluation into the effectiveness of multi-channel learning efforts with international military students.



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Commandant's Corner

...I mentioned the Reaffirmation of Accreditation Visit Team, and that their visit would culminate the Self-Study conducted by our faculty and staff over the past year. The Self-Study documents the activity dealing with 10 Standards of the evaluation with a range of areas from Educational Programs to Strategic Planning to Student Services and Activities to name only three of them. While awaiting the final written report of the visit, I am pleased to tell you that DISCS received no findings and two commendables! The first commendable pertained to our internal faculty and staff development program – a major effort over the last couple of years which has produced great results in getting our new personnel proficient in their duties. It has made a dramatic change in terms of getting faculty qualified and on the platform more quickly. The second commendable reflects on the SC community and not simply DISCS as it recognized the effort that goes into our curriculum update/validation process which includes the subject matter expertise of our constituency organizations.

We thank you for your support in that process, which will be even more important in the future as we address the Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW) competencies going forward. I also need to note that the team talked to the classes while in session during their visit (in addition to a variety of DISCS personnel). The class feedback on courseware, faculty knowledge/interaction, etc., was nothing short of fully supportive and very noteworthy were their comments about the quality and how well the online/prerequisite courses prepared them for their primary/resident courses. I view the results of the visit as reflecting on our entire workforce and community, and not simply on DISCS. We can’t be effective without you, and I thank all of you – regardless of your role in SC – for your support! We will not have the final report and ultimate approval of the reaffirmation for several months as the COE Staff and Board have to review before the formal approval. I’ll provide that update when it does happen.

DISCS continues to focus much of its effort to curriculum development in line with SCW certification efforts to provide training in line with the competencies developed for the workforce. More to follow on to our website regarding the implementation of new courses – and when the alpha/beta testing begins for the courseware. Again, stand by for announcements and registration opportunities for these and other courses as each nears readiness. In the meantime we continue with our schedule and the conduct of legacy courses while new courses are in development.

A note to address concerns over “credit” for the legacy courses. As we move ahead with the new courseware, we will transfer credit to the maximum extent possible (that won’t be lost) and will ultimately save our students effort in only needing to accomplish additional courseware to make up gaps critical for them. Time and effort will not be wasted by our students. As we transition through the next 1-3 years, students’ educational accomplishments will count towards filling future educational gaps and/or continuing education.

Remember, DISCS centrally funds the TDY expenses for our USG students. All course information and the ability to register for them resides on this website whether for classes conducted at our WPAFB campus, our NCR campus, or other location where we send our teams.

I look forward to updating you here – to keep you informed as DISCS keeps pace with all pieces of the SCW Development Program.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Reynolds

Posted April 19, 2019

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Commandant's Corner

...I mentioned the Reaffirmation of Accreditation Visit Team, and that their visit would culminate the Self-Study conducted by our faculty and staff over the past year. The Self-Study documents the activity dealing with 10 Standards of the evaluation with a range of areas from Educational Programs to Strategic Planning to Student Services and Activities to name only three of them. While awaiting the final written report of the visit, I am pleased to tell you that DISCS received no findings and two commendables! The first commendable pertained to our internal faculty and staff development program – a major effort over the last couple of years which has produced great results in getting our new personnel proficient in their duties. It has made a dramatic change in terms of getting faculty qualified and on the platform more quickly. The second commendable reflects on the SC community and not simply DISCS as it recognized the effort that goes into our curriculum update/validation process which includes the subject matter expertise of our constituency organizations.

We thank you for your support in that process, which will be even more important in the future as we address the Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW) competencies going forward. I also need to note that the team talked to the classes while in session during their visit (in addition to a variety of DISCS personnel). The class feedback on courseware, faculty knowledge/interaction, etc., was nothing short of fully supportive and very noteworthy were their comments about the quality and how well the online/prerequisite courses prepared them for their primary/resident courses. I view the results of the visit as reflecting on our entire workforce and community, and not simply on DISCS. We can’t be effective without you, and I thank all of you – regardless of your role in SC – for your support! We will not have the final report and ultimate approval of the reaffirmation for several months as the COE Staff and Board have to review before the formal approval. I’ll provide that update when it does happen.

DISCS continues to focus much of its effort to curriculum development in line with SCW certification efforts to provide training in line with the competencies developed for the workforce. More to follow on to our website regarding the implementation of new courses – and when the alpha/beta testing begins for the courseware. Again, stand by for announcements and registration opportunities for these and other courses as each nears readiness. In the meantime we continue with our schedule and the conduct of legacy courses while new courses are in development.

A note to address concerns over “credit” for the legacy courses. As we move ahead with the new courseware, we will transfer credit to the maximum extent possible (that won’t be lost) and will ultimately save our students effort in only needing to accomplish additional courseware to make up gaps critical for them. Time and effort will not be wasted by our students. As we transition through the next 1-3 years, students’ educational accomplishments will count towards filling future educational gaps and/or continuing education.

Remember, DISCS centrally funds the TDY expenses for our USG students. All course information and the ability to register for them resides on this website whether for classes conducted at our WPAFB campus, our NCR campus, or other location where we send our teams.

I look forward to updating you here – to keep you informed as DISCS keeps pace with all pieces of the SCW Development Program.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Reynolds

Posted April 19, 2019

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Sweeping Curriculum Changes Ahead Cont'd

...I mentioned the Reaffirmation of Accreditation Visit Team, and that their visit would culminate the Self-Study conducted by our faculty and staff over the past year. The Self-Study documents the activity dealing with 10 Standards of the evaluation with a range of areas from Educational Programs to Strategic Planning to Student Services and Activities to name only three of them. While awaiting the final written report of the visit, I am pleased to tell you that DISCS received no findings and two commendables! The first commendable pertained to our internal faculty and staff development program – a major effort over the last couple of years which has produced great results in getting our new personnel proficient in their duties. It has made a dramatic change in terms of getting faculty qualified and on the platform more quickly. The second commendable reflects on the SC community and not simply DISCS as it recognized the effort that goes into our curriculum update/validation process which includes the subject matter expertise of our constituency organizations.

We thank you for your support in that process, which will be even more important in the future as we address the Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW) competencies going forward. I also need to note that the team talked to the classes while in session during their visit (in addition to a variety of DISCS personnel). The class feedback on courseware, faculty knowledge/interaction, etc., was nothing short of fully supportive and very noteworthy were their comments about the quality and how well the online/prerequisite courses prepared them for their primary/resident courses. I view the results of the visit as reflecting on our entire workforce and community, and not simply on DISCS. We can’t be effective without you, and I thank all of you – regardless of your role in SC – for your support! We will not have the final report and ultimate approval of the reaffirmation for several months as the COE Staff and Board have to review before the formal approval. I’ll provide that update when it does happen.

DISCS continues to focus much of its effort to curriculum development in line with SCW certification efforts to provide training in line with the competencies developed for the workforce. More to follow on to our website regarding the implementation of new courses – and when the alpha/beta testing begins for the courseware. Again, stand by for announcements and registration opportunities for these and other courses as each nears readiness. In the meantime we continue with our schedule and the conduct of legacy courses while new courses are in development.

A note to address concerns over “credit” for the legacy courses. As we move ahead with the new courseware, we will transfer credit to the maximum extent possible (that won’t be lost) and will ultimately save our students effort in only needing to accomplish additional courseware to make up gaps critical for them. Time and effort will not be wasted by our students. As we transition through the next 1-3 years, students’ educational accomplishments will count towards filling future educational gaps and/or continuing education.

Remember, DISCS centrally funds the TDY expenses for our USG students. All course information and the ability to register for them resides on this website whether for classes conducted at our WPAFB campus, our NCR campus, or other location where we send our teams.

I look forward to updating you here – to keep you informed as DISCS keeps pace with all pieces of the SCW Development Program.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Reynolds

Posted April 19, 2019