DISCS : Personnel

Faculty

The DISCS faculty consists of civilian personnel and officers from the three military departments. All faculty members, regardless of specific assignment, are required to contribute to the overall educational aims of the entire Institute. In addition to classroom instruction, they may be charged with performing supporting roles, writing for publications or conducting research in response to the changes occurring in the field of security cooperation management.

Ronald H. Reynolds, D.P.A.
Commandant
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
D.P.A., Public Administration, University of Alabama, 2001
M.P.A., Public Administration, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1995
M.A., Business Management, Webster University, 1984
Bachelor of General Studies, University of Nebraska, 1979
Mark T. Ahles, Ph.D.
Deputy Commandant
Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, 2009
Ph.D., Computer and Information Science in the field of Political Science, The Union Institute and University, 2002
M.S., Computer Science, The Ohio State University, 1991
B.A., Computer and Information Science, The Ohio State University, 1986
A.A., History, The Ohio State University, 1985
Jason Arnold
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.E., Adult and Secondary Education, University of Louisville, 1996
B.A., Psychology, University of Louisville, 1989
Deborah Burke
SCO Spouse Orientation Instructor/Course Manager
M.Ed., Education and Counseling, Boston University, 1992
B.S., Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 1986
Barton D. Chess
Director of Research
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S.A., Administration, Central Michigan University, 1996
B.S., Management Science, Wright State University, 1985
A.A., History, Sinclair Community College, 2016
A.A., Political Science, Sinclair Community College, 2015
Alberto Cordova, MAJ, USA
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2015
M.S., Adult Education,Kansas State University, 2015
B.S., Industrial Technology, Southern Illinois University, 2004
A.A.S., Electronics Technology, John A. Logan College, 2002
Andrew Crawford
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., International Relations: Conflict Resolution, American University, 2014
B.A., Modern Foreign Language, Wright State University, 2011
Wayne J. Dahl, MAJ, USA
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
Strategic Studies Graduate, U.S. Army War College, 2018
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Gordon, GA, 2015
M.A., National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, 2013
B.S., Secondary Education, Southwestern College, 2004
A.A., Russian Language Studies, Defense Language Institute, 2014
Christopher Dias
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., International Relations and Conflict Resolution, American Military University, 2019
B.A., Political Science, Wright State University, 2013
Michael Dinwiddie, Lt Col, USAF
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering Missouri Science and Technology University
Master of Arts, Aerospace Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Daniel R. Eagle
Director of Strategy Instruction
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016-2017
M.S., Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Wisconsin (Madison), 2013
Japanese National Institute for Defense, 1995
Air Command and Staff College, 1992
M.B.A., University of Portland, 1978
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Portland, 1977
Dwayne L. Eldridge
Director of Staff
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, 2004-2007
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1998
M.S., Information Systems, Naval Postgraduate School, 1993
B.S., Quantitative Business Analysis, Indiana University, 1983
Ryan D. L. Engle, Maj, USAF, Ph.D.
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2018
M.S., Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2015
Systems Engineering, Level III Certification, Defense Acquisition University, 2013
Science & Technology Manager, Level II Certification, Defense Acquisition University, 2013
Test & Evaluation, Level II Certification, Defense Acquisition University, 2010
Program Management, Level I Certification, Defense Acquisition University, 2009
B.S., Computer Engineering, Wright State University, 2007
A.A.S., Scientific Analysis Technology, Community College of the Air Force, 2003
Bryce Englin
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.B.A. Masters Business Administration, Grantham University, 2017
B.S., Business Administration/Logistics, Touro University International, 2008
A.A.S., Information Management, Community College of the Air Force, 2006
Jeffrey S. Grafton
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
DSCA International Affairs Certification, Level III, 2006
DoD Acquisition Certification - Program Management, Level III, 2001
DoD Acquisition Certification - Acquisition Logistics, Level III, 2000
Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 1995
M.S., Logistics Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1994
B.A., Business Administration, Cedarville College, 1983
Rosalind Greene
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.B.A., Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 2011
B.S., Business Management, Park University, 2003
Hilman Guillory, LT, SC, USN
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.B.A., Business Administration, Bowie State University, 2015
B.S., Business Administration, Southwestern College, 2008
Chea Hale-Hernandez, LCDR, USN
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., Community Counseling, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, 2004
B.S., Sociology and Psychology, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, 1998
James P. Hensley, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.S., Management/Computer Information Systems, Park University, 2002
A.S., Computer Science, Community College of the Air Force, 1996
Gregory Alan Hester Jr.
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
B.A. Psychology CSU San Marcos. San Marcos, CA. 1999
M.A. National Security and Strategy Studies, USNWC, Newport, RI. 2015
African Culture and Politics, Accreditation, USNWC, Newport, RI. 2015
Byron Hinrichsen
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
DoD Acquisition Program Management Level II Certification, 2016
Certificate, Logistics & Technology (LOGTECH), University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, 2014
Air Command Staff College (cor), 2011
Certificate, Executive Supply Chain Management & Leadership, Wright State University, 2009
M.S., International Business, Troy University, 2004
B.S., Industrial Technology, Southern Illinois University, 2000
Sotheavy C. Jenkins
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
I.M.B.A., International Business, Southern New Hampshire University, 2018
B.A., Social Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 2011
Howard G. Jones III
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., Business History, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
B.S., Economics and History, USAF Academy, 1985
Mark Karas
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Director, European Seminar
M.S. Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, 2012
M.A. Russian and Eurasian Studies, Georgetown University, 2001
B.A. Political Science, The Ohio State University, 1988
Sherman "Doug" Kelly
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management (NCR)
M.A., Asian Studies - University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Security Studies - National University of Bangladesh
B.A., Political Science - The Ohio State University
Christopher M. Krolikowski
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.B.A., International Business, Wright State University, 2005
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, 1999
Bill Krueper, LCDR, USN
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., Adult Education and Training,University of Phoenix, 2013
B.S., Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Ball State University, 1999
Shelby L. Lyon
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
International Affairs Professional Certification Program, Level III, 2017
Life Cycle Logistics Level II Certification, Defense Acquisition University, 2017
Program Management Level I Certification, Defense Acquisition University, 2015
M.B.A., International Business, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2015
B.S., Education, Vincennes University, 2009
David Martin
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Ed.D., Adult Education, The George Washington University, 2017
M.B.A., Business and Human Resources, Strayer University, 2014
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2007
M.A., History of Land Warfare, American Military University, 2002
Certificate, Russian Studies, Defense Language Institute, 1999
B.A., History/International Studies, Virginia Military Institute, 1986
Mario D. Matos
Director, Western Hemisphere Seminar
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
International Affairs Certification Program, Level III, 2015
Joint Forces Staff College, JPME II, 2010
U.S. Air Force, Air War College, 2008
M.S., Aviation Management, Embry-Riddle University, 2004
U.S. Army, Command & General Staff College, 2003
A.S., Environmental Sciences, Community College of the Air Force, 1988
B.S., Computer Science, Park College, 1987
Jonathan Maze
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., International & Comparative Politics, Wright State University, 2018
B.A., Political Science, Wright State University, 2013
Ernest B. McCallister, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum Development
Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University, 2007
M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Toledo, 1983
B.S., Marketing and Finance, The Ohio State University, 1982
Susan L. McClure
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Air Command and Staff College (res), 1996
M.P.A., Public Administration, University of Dayton, 1981
B.S., Education, University of Dayton, 1977
Donald J. McCormick
Director of Instruction
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Management, Troy State University, 1981
B.S., Industrial Management, University of Puerto Rico, 1974
Jon Merritt
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
B.A., Political Science, Drake University, IA 1990
B.S., Business Administration, Hawaii Pacific University, HI 2001
MBA (Finance), Naval Post Graduate School, Monterrey CA, 2008
Christian R. Miller, MAJ, USA
Deputy Director of Curriculum Development
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, 2013
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Gordon, GA, 2010
B.A. International Politics, Penn State University, 2000
Kelly Miller
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.S., Management, Park University, 2015
A.A.S., Instructor of Technology and Military Science, Community College of the Air Force, 2002
A.A.S., Contracts Management, Community College of the Air Force, 2000
Jonathan Nixdorf
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., Government, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces New Mexico, 2016
Graduate Diploma, Humanitarian Assistance, Fordham University, 2015
B.S., Independent Studies, New Mexico State University, 2007
John B. O'Connor
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
DoD Defense Acquisition Corps Member, 2011
DSCA International Affairs Level III Career Certification, 2010
DoD Acquisition Program Management Level III Certification, 2006
DoD Acquisition Test and Evaluation Level I Certification, 2000
M.S., Computer Information Systems, Naval Postgraduate School, 1991
Naval Aviator, Naval Air Training Command, 1981
B.S., Engineering Management, United States Naval Academy, 1980
Andrew Overfield
Africa Seminar Director
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Joint Forces Staff College, 2004
U.S. Army Command and Staff College, 2003
M.A., African Studies, Ohio University, 2000
B.A., Geography, University of Vermont, 1989
Tamara Phillips
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., Leadership and Management, Liberty University, 2014
B.S., Organizational Leadership, Wilberforce University, 2000
A.A.S., Information Management, Community College of the Air Force, 1998
Joseph Piontek, CAPT, USN
Deputy Director of Instruction
Senior Military Instructor
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies w/Distinction, U.S. Naval War College, 2013
JPME Phase II, U.S. Naval War College, 2013
M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2006
M.M.A.S., Strategy, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1999
JPME Phase I, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1999
B.S., History w/Distinction, United States Naval Academy, 1987
Aaron M. Prince
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Administration, Central Michigan University, 2010
B.A., Marketing, Miami University, 1990
Ira C. Queen
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA, 2001
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, 1998
M.A., International Studies, University of Washington, 1997
Romanian National Defense University, Bucharest, Romainia, 1995
B.S., Chemistry, Columbus University, 1984
Timothy E. Reardon
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.S., Management, Park College, 1989
A.S., Business Administration, Sinclair Community College, 1985
Christopher D. Reed
instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, 2012
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2002
M.A., Liberal Arts/History, Louisiana State University, 1998
B.S., United States Military Academy, 1986
Barbara Salera
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., Political Science, Washington State University, June 2013
Beth Schubert
SCO Spouse Orientation Instructor/Course Manager
CFP, Financial Planning Board, 2011
M.A., Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, 2003
B.S., History, Dartmouth College, 1999
A.A., Spanish Language Studies, Defense Language Institute, 2005
Erich Schubert, CDR, USN
Senior Military Instructor
Deputy Director for Instruction of Security Cooperation Management
JPME Phase I, Air Command and Staff College, 2005
M.S., in Global Leadership, University of San Diego, 2003
B.S., Oceanography, United States Naval Academy, 1997
Roger A. Scott
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A. Human Resources Development, Webster University, 1992
B.S. Communications (Journalism Emphasis), University of Southern Indiana, 1987
Air War College by correspondence, U.S. Air Force War College, 2010
Assistant Professor, Indiana University, 2000-2003 and 2006-2008
Business Communication Certificate, Duke University, 2015
Advanced Specialized Certificate in Intercultural Management, University of Notre Dame, 2014
Monica Sollmann
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.P.A., Public Administration, University of Dayton, 2000
B.A., Organizational Communications, Wright State University, 1983
Nicole R. Stompor Davis
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Project Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2011
B.S., Journalism, Ball State University, 2008
James P. Toomey
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., Political Science with Certificate in African Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2000
A.A. Asian Studies, University of Maryland, 1994
M.B.A., International Business, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, 1991
B.S., Business Administration/Marketing, Wright State University, 1986
Robert J. Weber, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Technology
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Cybersecurity, Liberty University, 2016
Ph.D., Computer and Information Science, University of Minnesota, 2004
M.S., Computer Systems, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1999
M.S., Administration, Central Michigan University, 1995
B.A., English/Language Arts, St. John's University, 1984
Patricia A. White
Librarian
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.L.S., Kent State University, 1991
B.A., History, Glenville State College, 1983
B.A., Education, Social Studies, Glenville State College, 1983
Rolfe. White
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.H.A.,University of Missouri, 2018;
B.S., Legal Studies, William Woods University, 2015;
M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2008
Defense Language Instute, Basic Spanish, 2003
JPME Phase II, U.S. Joint Forces Staff College, 2003
JPME Phase I, U.S. Naval War College, 2002
M.P.A., California State University Northridge, 1998
B.A., Communications, University of Central Florida, 1976

Adjunct Faculty

Individuals who have repeatedly distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to our mission.

John Duke Anthony, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., International Relations and Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
B.A., History, Virginia Military Institute
M.S., Foreign Service, Edmund A. Walsh Graduate School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Alan Beyerchen, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.A., German, University of California
M.A., History, University of California
Ph.D., History, University of California, 1973
Michael Braun
Adjunct Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.S., Management, Park College, 1992
M.A., Political Science - International Affairs, Catholic University, 1998
William Cavanaugh
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Juris Doctor, University of Dayton
John E. Chere Jr.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A. International Affairs, Columbia University
B.A. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Gregory J. Cook
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
B.A., History, The Citadel
M.A., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
Brian J. Gerling
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.S., Material Logistics, Naval Post-Graduate School
B.S., Food Science, Kansas State University
Mr. Dan Honken
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.S., Adult Education, Kansas State University
B.S., Business/Finance, Northwest Missouri State University
LTC James R. Johnson
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.A., Security Studies, Georgetown University
B.A., Communications, Furman University
B.A., Political Science, Furman University
Shawn Kalis, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
BGS, University of Texas
M.A. University of Texas
Ph.D., Salve Regina University
Jennie Lincoln, Ph.D
Adjunct Professor of Security Cooperation
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
LTC David Lopes
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.A., South Asian Studies, University of Hawaii>
M.Sc, Art and Science of Warfare, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan
B.A., Psychology, Wheaton College
LTC Keith Madere
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.A., Management, Webster University
B.A., Sociology, Louisiana State University
LTC Darrin Olinger
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.B.A., New York University
B.A., Economics, South Dakota State University
Scott Rosenberg, Ph.D
Adjunct Professor of Security Cooperation
Ph.D., African History (with minor in African Studies), Indiana University
M.A., International Affairs and African Studies, Ohio University
B.A., History and Sociology, Kenyon College
Donna Schlagheck, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Gene Swanger, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.A., Capital University
B.D., Capital University
S.T.M., Oberlin College
Ph. D., University of Iowa
Robert H. Van Horn
Adjunct Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.S. Economics, Iowa State University, 1973
M.A. Political Science, University of Arizona, 1978
M.B.A. University of Kansas, 1997
Alex Vatanka
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.A., Sheffield University
M.A., Essex University
Molly Williamson
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.A., University of Maryland
M.A., University of Maryland
LTC Jon Young
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.A., Latin American Affairs, University of South Florida
B.A., History, University of Texas at Arlington

Professors Emeritus

John Duke Anthony
Professor Emeritus of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., International Relations and Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
B.A., History, Virginia Military Institute
M.S., Foreign Service, Edmund A. Walsh Graduate School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Frank J. Campanell
Professor Emeritus of Security Cooperation Management
M.A. Logistics and Management, Central Michican University
B.S. Business and Economics, Upsala College

Staff

The day-to-day operation of DISCS programs is handled by a support staff that is responsible for overall administration as well as academic support. These functions include budget, graphics, library, network operations, technical support, registrar’s office, publications, graphics, guest speaker, webmaster and technical support.

Don Bailey
IT Specialist
Kaleigh Bennett
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Patrick Best
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Support
Connor Boyle
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Adrienne Bullard
Contractor, TiER1 Performance Solutions
Online Learning Developer
Anthony Campbell
Network Admin
Michael Cottrell
Contractor, TiER1 Performance Solutions
Blackboard Support
Kathy Creager
Contractor, General Dynamics
Associate Editor
Terrell Cummings
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Rebecca Dakin
Budget Analyst
Alyssa Dean
Library Technician
Deborah Eisnaugle
Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Eley
Administrative Assistant
Jeff Fourman
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Jessica Fourman
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Amanda Haupt
Contractor, General Dynamics
Budget Analyst
William Hodgkinson
IT Specialist
Robert Holbrook
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Specialist
Scott Hunter
Contractor, General Dynamics
Director of DISCS Services
Patricia Jones
Contractor, General Dynamics
Registration Technician
John Kitchen
Contractor, General Dynamics
Logistics Technician
Amber Knowlton
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Support
Rodney Lake
Registrar
Steven Lane
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Support
Jesse Lewis
Budget Analyst
William Mack
Operations Manager Supervisor
Ramon Marques
IT Specialist
Amy Moran
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Marla Richardson
Registrar Support
Dewey Richmond, Jr.
Quota Manager
Christopher Roby
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Support
Chelsea Salyer
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Melissa Shrader
Guest Speaker Program Coordinator
Barbara Stephens
Contractor, General Dynamics
Registration Technician
Constance Stokesbury
Administrative Assistant
Patrick Thompson
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Specialist
Timothy Zink
Network Admin

Research Assistants

Research Assistants assist with research projects of benefit to the security cooperation management enterprise. They have an educational background in an international-related field of study and can either be a senior in undergraduate school or participating in (or have graduated from) a Master's program. In return, they gain considerable understanding and expertise as they participate as facilitators, students, and eventually presenters in several of our courses. Their primary focus is within the regional studies programs, thus gaining a better understanding of the U.S. Government's (primarily DoD) interaction with international partners. They are recruited, hired, and paid by General Dynamics Information Technology Corporation.

Amanda Baker
Rahima-nour Hamadi
Daniel Thomas


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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.