Online Learning: Learning Guides

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Acquisition
Designed primarily for DoD personnel whose duties in either FMS or DoD acquisition which involves the procurement of defense articles and services in support of FMS cases for partner governments.
Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements (ACSA) FOGO Essentials
designed for senior officers who have the responsibility to support and implement the ACSA program, which helps ensure the logistical readiness of the U.S. and Multinational Forces.
Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements (ACSA) Overview
Intended for staff officers responsible for supporting and implementing the ACSA program.
Army FMS for SCOs
This learning guide is intended for security cooperation organization (SCO) personnel overseas who manage US Army Foreign Military Sales (FMS) cases.
Civilian Diplomatic Attire
This learning guide is designed for SCO personnel stationed in United States embassies overseas who require the routine or occasional wear of civilian diplomatic attire in the performance of their duties.
Congressional Notifications for FMS
For security assistance personnel in Implementing Agencies (IAs), such as case managers, program managers, policy analysts, etc., whose duties involve FMS case development.
Contracting for FMS
Relevant contracting primer for the acquisition and security cooperation workforce.
DCS and FMS Comparison
Designed primarily for foreign government counterparts who determine whether to procure US defense articles and services via FMS or a direct commercial sale. Secondary audiences include US industry and SCO/other DoD personnel who may advise the foreign government in this regard.
Dealing With The Press
This learning guide is for SCO personnel who may interact with U.S. or host nation media in the course of their official duties overseas.
DSCA International Affairs Certification Program
A voluntary program available to all DoD civil service, military, and Locally Employed Staff (LES) personnel regardless of the billet funding source. Personnel who desire to achieve and maintain certification within one of the three tiers of certification are required to complete International Affairs (IA) specific training and meet basic core competencies, education requirements, and experience thresholds associated with the particular tier.
Ethics for SCOs
This learning guide is primarily for Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) personnel but may also benefit staff officers and other officials at combatant commands (CCMDs) and other DoD organizations which deal with international partners and U.S. industry in an official capacity.
FMS Financial Management
This learning guide is designed primarily for DoD and partner nation personnel whose duties involve the financial management of FMS cases.
FMS Process
This learning guide is designed primarily for all DoD and partner nation personnel whose duties involve management of Foreign Military Sales cases.
Golden Sentry End-Use Monitoring (EUM) Program
Intended for Department of Defense officials responsible for managing and conducting End-Use Monitoring (EUM) activities.
History, Authorities and the Interagency Process
For Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) personnel who are deploying overseas as part of a U.S. embassy country team.
Human Rights and Security Cooperation
The Human Rights learning guide provides insight into international human rights law as it impacts the planning and execution of US security cooperation. This learning guide is particularly beneficial for Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) staff who are charged with implementing programs that support the US policy to promote observance of internationally recognized human rights. It is also useful for International Military Student Officers (IMSOs) who implement Field Studies Program (FSP) activities that illustrate human rights principles and values in US culture and institutions.
ICASS
ICASS is the principal means by which the U.S. Government provides and shares the cost of common administrative support at its more than 250 diplomatic and consular posts overseas.
International Military Student Briefing
This learning guide is designed specifically for international military students (IMS) who are scheduled to attend training at Department of Defense schools or other military-sponsored training in the United States. This guide should be viewed by the international military students before their departure from their home country.
International Military Visitor Briefing
Provides important information to international military personnel scheduled to visit the United States.
International Training Management
This learning guide is designed primarily for SCO personnel and other officials in the DoD international training community. Its secondary audience is those officials of partner governments who manage the IMET and other training programs on behalf of their government.
Intro to SC Management
An entry-level orientation for new members of the security cooperation community, including DoD and other USG personnel, US industry employees, and representatives of partner governments.
Introduction To Contracting For FMS
This learning guide provides a concise introduction to the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) environment that DoD contracting personnel support by awarding and administering contracts for FMS.
ITAR 101 Briefing
An introduction to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), managed by the Political-Military Affairs Bureau of the Department of State. It is designed primarily for State Department and DoD personnel who work in support of Foreign Military Sales. It is also beneficial for U.S. defense contractor personnel who engage in international sales. This learning guide is intended only as a general orientation and should not be considered by itself as the source of official U.S. Government policy.
Letter of Request (LOR) Writing Guide
This learning guide is designed primarily for use by the foreign customer engaged in the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. It provides an overview of the Letter of Request (LOR) prepared and submitted by the foreign nation to the United States Government which requests an FMS case for defense articles, services, and/or training. A secondary audience is U.S. Government personnel who work in security assistance, especially personnel in Security Cooperation Organizations (SCOs) who are often called on to assist their host nation counterparts in preparing LORs.
LOA Interpretation Guide
This learning guide is intended for all DoD personnel and international partners who need to be able to read and understand a Foreign Military Sales case in the course of their duties.
Logistics
This learning guide is designed primarily for DoD and partner nation personnel whose duties involve the logistical support for FMS cases.
MILSTRIP
Military Standard Requisition and Issue Procedures (MILSTRIP) for FMS
This learning guide is designed for FMS customers, SCO personnel, FMS case managers, program managers, transporters, contract administrators, logistics managers, and other personnel involved in the ordering, distribution, and/or movement of materiel to international partners through the DoD supply system.
MILSTRIP Translator
A tool designed for FMS customers, SCO personnel, FMS case managers, program managers, transporters, contract administrators, logistics managers, and other personnel who may be involved in the ordering, distribution, and/or movement of materiel to international partners through the DoD supply system.
Overseas Crisis Readiness
This learning guide is for Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) personnel who are deploying overseas as part of a U.S. embassy country team.
Personnel and Administration
For DoD personnel who serve in a SCO, or in related joint duty positions such as combatant command or component command staffs.
Protocol
This learning guide is designed for SCO personnel stationed in United States embassies overseas who during the performance of their duties require the routine or occasional interaction with foreign and U.S. dignitaries.
SCIP Case Status Demo
This learning guide is designed primarily for SCO, partner nation, CCMD, and implementing agency personnel who use the Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP) for FMS case monitoring and information. Before accessing this learning guide, it is recommended that you access the learning guide entitled Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP) for an overview of SCIP features, including how to obtain access to SCIP and its various communities of information.
SCO Responsibilities
This learning guide is designed primarily for DoD personnel who serve in a SCO, or in related joint duty positions such as combatant command or component command staffs.
Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP)
This learning guide is designed primarily for SCO and partner nation personnel who utilize SCIP for FMS case management, end-use monitoring, and related functions.
Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) Personal Entitlements
This learning guide is designed for DoD personnel who are assigned to work in Security Cooperation Organizations (SCOs) overseas. It is designed to provide information on entitlements and requirements for personnel assigned to a SCO and to address some of the circumstances you may find on station.
Training Plan Analysis
This learning guide is designed for SCO personnel working with a country’s Combined Education and Training Program Plan (CETPP), and Training Managers at the Military Service Training Activity.
Understanding the MAPAD
Target Audience This learning guide is designed for FMS customers, SCO personnel, FMS case managers, program managers, transporters, contract administrators, logistics managers, and other personnel involved in the distribution, and movement of materiel to international partners through the DoD supply system.
US Army Security Assistance Training Program
This is designed for Army Personnel involved in the Security Assistance Training program.
Visitor Management for SCOs
This learning guide is designed for SCO personnel stationed in United States embassies overseas who host DoD official visitors, including distinguished visitors (DVs) as part of their normal duties.



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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.