Course Catalog: Overview

General

We currently offer a variety of resident courses categorized into four distinct groups working in Security Cooperation-related positions:

  • USG CONUS
  • USG OCONUS
  • International Purchaser
  • Industry

From the main menu above, click Course Catalog, and then click Course Listing to see the complete list of courses currently being offered. Each course varies in length from 2 days through three weeks and is offered a number of times annually. The curriculum is designed to provide the highest quality education and tailored to meet student-specific needs at all levels of security assistance management.

Course content is a blend of instruction on the governing policies concerning security assistance, implementation and execution by various government agencies, and associated management processes. Throughout the curricula there are subjects intended to broaden the scope and depth of a manager's knowledge of the total security assistance spectrum. This concept is emphasized in contrast to a more narrow functional specialist approach. The objective is security assistance managers with a broad understanding of security assistance programs, policies, procedures responsibilities and organizations -- individuals capable of using advanced concepts and techniques in their respective managerial areas.

Our educational program quality is maintained by:

  1. Limiting the number of students per class offering, thereby fostering an effective seminar environment.
  2. Integrating current policies and management concepts with practical security assistance problems.
  3. Using management exercises.
  4. Using advanced technology for instruction.
  5. Selecting faculty with extensive practical knowledge, and a strong desire to be instructors.
  6. Using guest lecturers recognized as authorities in their field by virtue of their official position or long years of study and experience, or both.

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 or 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.

Academic Freedom

We firmly support a policy of academic freedom. Guest lecturers, faculty and students are encouraged to state their opinions, support or criticize any objective, policy, or procedure, in the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, or improvement of the management of security assistance. Such comments made by individuals or groups in the academic forum will be safeguarded through the practice of non-attribution.

Grievances

The Department of Defense has established procedures for relief of matters of personal concern or dissatisfaction that are within the control of our management. If you have a grievance for which you seek redress for any dissatisfaction, the Class Manager should be notified. If this manager is unable to resolve your problem, your concerns may be addressed in turn by the appropriate DISCS director, the DISCS commandant, the Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and the Department of Defense Inspector General. As an avenue of last resort, grievances may be sent to:

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



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DISCS is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education

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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

The reaffirmation process began with the institution completing a comprehensive Self-Study, which began in 2018 and resulted in final submission to COE in early 2019, and the hosting of a reaffirmation team visit during April 2019. The team visit resulted in NO FINDINGS OF NON-COMPLIANCE and TWO COMMENDABLE STANDARDS.

Congratulations and thank you to all who contributed to this effort. Most of all, we thank the many students who have placed, and continue to place their trust and confidence in our institution.

Sincerely,
Dr. Ron Reynolds
Commandant

Posted July 10, 2019

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International Affairs Certification Program Ended!

This ends the International Affairs Certification Program (IACP). No new IACP certifications will be authorized. 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. 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 Jul 1, 2019

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Sweeping Curriculum Changes in Progress

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 currently under Alpha testing. The updated curriculum is DoD SC competency based and support Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert levels of certification.

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.

Please see our online catalog for further details on each course. We will continue to add course information as the courses are developed.