DISCS : General Information

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency

Our parent organization is the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). DSCA, as part of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), provides financial and technical assistance, transfer of defense matériel, training and services to allies, and promotes military-to-military contacts.

DSCA Organizational Chart

The Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies

  • We conduct educational courses designed to improve the knowledge and enhance the skills of a wide audience in the field of security cooperation. Our students include U.S. military personnel and DoD civilians, employees in the U.S. defense industry, and military and civilian counterparts of foreign governments, among others. Although located on a United States Air Force base, we are responsible to the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in Washington, D.C.
  • We offer both resident and online courses, all listed on our Course Listing page.
  • Resident courses, taught both at DISCS and other locations by arrangement, vary in length from two days to four weeks. Online courses range from about 90 minutes to 20 hours. Each resident course is offered a number of times annually while most online courses are available continuously. The curriculum is designed to provide the highest quality education and tailored to meet student specific needs at all levels of security assistance and security cooperation management.
  • Course content is a blend of instruction on the governing policies concerning security assistance and security cooperation, implementation and execution by various U.S. government agencies, and associated management processes. Throughout the curricula there are subjects intended to broaden the scope and depth of the student’s knowledge of the total security assistance and security cooperation spectrum. The objective of the various courses is to broaden the understanding of the various programs, policies, procedures, responsibilities, and the organizations responsible for implementation.
  • Our educational program quality is maintained by:
    1. Blending students from all MILDEPs and other backgrounds in classroom sizes conducive to open discussion.
    2. Integrating current policies and procedures with practical security assistance problems.
    3. Engaging in practical exercises where possible.
    4. Utilizing advanced technology for instruction.
    5. Selecting faculty with extensive practical knowledge and a strong desire to be instructors.
    6. Using guest speakers recognized as authorities in their field based on their official position and/or experience.
  • We recognize that equal opportunity programs are essential to the accomplishment of the missions of both DoD and DISCS . In keeping with this commitment, discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, mental and physical disability or age is prohibited. We pledge to eliminate barriers and practices that impede opportunity for all students, including sexual harassment, and architectural, transportation, and other barriers affecting people with disabilities.

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Mission

Educate the Security Cooperation Enterprise to develop and execute innovative Security Cooperation solutions that support mutual U.S. and partner interests.

Vision

Conduct effective Security Cooperation education that enables whole-of-government efforts to build and maintain networks of relationships that achieve U.S. national security goals.

Values

  • Integrity - Honesty, Responsibility, and Accountability
  • Excellence - Knowledge, Commitment, and Professionalism
  • Service - Dedication, Innovation, and Responsiveness

Mission Areas

  1. Educate and train the Security Cooperation Workforce and the Security Cooperation Enterprise on effective security cooperation management policies, procedures, and techniques.
  2. Enhance the long term professional development of the Security Cooperation Workforce through career and development programs.
  3. Provide security cooperation research, consultation, and information dissemination for the Security Cooperation Enterprise.

Accreditation

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Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone: 770-396-3898 , FAX: 770-396-3790

COE Seal
Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone: 770-396-3898
FAX: 770-396-3790

Our faculty and staff continue to work hard to provide the learning assets required by the growing number of DoD personnel (currently over 10,000) comprising the Security Cooperation (SC) Community along with personnel from other U.S. governmental departments, U.S. industry, and partner countries. As the community grows, so does the quantity and quality of resident and non-resident programs offered to meet the varied education and training requirements dealing with SC and international programs. We continue to ensure the effectiveness of our products through high level dialogue with SC Community leadership and the Community at large through venues including its annual Curriculum Review and student feedback mechanisms.

We were selected by and maintain our accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education (COE) because the standards and criteria established by COE correspond with the Institute’s training mission and SC Community development missions. COE also continues to adapt its accreditation standards to maintain the quality of its affiliated institutions to the growing non-resident/online capabilities within the education and training arena. This along with the other standards enforced within COE accreditation assist us in ensuring our quality and assisting in the improvement of our programs.

DISCS was first awarded accreditation by the COE in 2001 and was reaffirmed in 2007, 2013 and 2019, each time for the maximum possible 6 years. The next reaffirmation is scheduled for 2025.

Curriculum Review

We host a formal curriculum review yearly with representatives from the Policy and Advisory Council and other stakeholder activities in attendance. In addition to soliciting recommendations for topics to be included in courses, we also present any changes to curriculum that have occurred throughout the year. The DISCS Commandant also uses this opportunity to review attendance figures to ensure we are reaching our intended student body.

Most curriculum is updated routinely as needed without waiting for a formal review. Any member of our faculty or staff may submit proposals at any time to add or delete course information or otherwise recommend changes in any established course. These submissions are made to the course manager and the appropriate director. The Dean of Academic Affairs, in conjunction with the appropriate director, reviews all activities inherent in curriculum development.



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Use of this DoD computer system, authorized or unauthorized, constitutes consent to monitoring of this system. Unauthorized use may subject you to criminal prosecution. Evidence of unauthorized use collected during monitoring may be used for administrative, criminal, or other adverse action. Use of this system constitutes consent to monitoring for these purposes.

Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies , 2475 K. Street, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433-7641, Telephone: 937-713-3300

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DISCS is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education

This web site is DSCA PA approved

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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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International Affairs Certification Program Is Ending Cont'd

No new IACP certifications will be authorized following that date. DSCA will stop supporting management of the IACP database effective October 1, 2019.

The Department of Defense IACP, which DSCA initiated in 2001, has served to improve the training, education, and experience of more than 4,000 individuals in our security cooperation workforce who chose to pursue the voluntary certification program. The establishment of the DoD Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP), as required in IO USC, §384, obviates the need for the IACP. The SCWDP certification program will be mandatory for all members of the security cooperation workforce, with competency¬based training, continuous learning, and experiential requirements. The SCWDP certification program will be phased in over the next two years, beginning fourth quarter Fiscal Year 2019.



Posted May 17, 2019
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Sweeping Curriculum Changes Ahead Cont'd

The Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), enacted in 10 United Stated Code (U.S.C), Section 384, c requires the Secretary of Defense establish and execute the DoD Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program to oversee the development and management of a professional workforce supporting SC programs and activities of the DoD. The purpose of this program is to improve the quality and professionalism of the SC workforce (SCWF) in order to ensure it has the capacity, in both personnel and skills, needed to properly perform its mission, provide appropriate support to the assessment, planning and monitoring, execution, evaluation, and administration of security cooperation programs and activities. It will also ensure that personnel assignments match the appropriate level of expertise and experience required security cooperation programs and activities of the DoD and the execution of security assistance programs and activities.

To fulfill these requirements, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is developing a security cooperation workforce (SCW) Certification program. The SCW certification program contains three major components: SC competencies based training, SC experience requirements and continuous learning requirements. DSCA is finalizing the program requirements and will publish guidance in due course. While the details of this program are being finalized, the training courses to support that certification program are ready to begin transition beginning in the spring of 2019. The updated curriculum will be DoD SC competency based and support Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert levels of certification.

Basic level certification courses will all be conducted through online learning with the first course scheduled to be available late April 2019. All basic level courses are scheduled to be available no later than 1 October 2019.

Intermediate level training will be conducted with an online cohort instruction immediately followed by resident instruction, and the first course is scheduled to be available late April 2019. All intermediate level courses are scheduled to be completed no later than March of 2020.

Advanced and Expert level courses will be scheduled at a later date. All Advanced level courses, for instance are scheduled to be available after March 2020.

All new courses will have equivalency legacy courses identified for certification purposes (when applicable courses previously existed), providing workforce members the ability to use most courses previously completed at DISCS to meet the new certification requirements. All DISCS courses completed during the transition phase can be used to fulfill these new certification requirements. Details on each course will be added to the DISCS online catalog as they are completed and prior to implementation of the certification program.

To accomplish the above plan some legacy courses currently scheduled for FY 2019 will be canceled and replaced with the new courses containing the updated curriculum. The transition includes alpha testing of new courses with select stakeholders (supporting with subject matter expertise) invited to participate to refine the new curriculum prior to beta testing and ultimately releasing/implementing final courses. Students requiring SC training during the transition phase are encouraged to register for existing courses to support completion in a timely manner.

DISCS will provide updates on the new curriculum transition plan via the DISCS website and online catalog.