SCM-O (SCM-351)
Security Cooperation Management
Overseas Course
15-19 Days
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Reviewed/Updated On: 3/17/2014


This course is designed to meet the educational requirements of U.S. Embassy Security Cooperation Office (SCO) personnel, and primary geographic combatant command (CCMD) personnel directly supporting the SCO. The end result of this course is a working knowledge of SCO-relevant Security Cooperation (SC) policies and procedures. Graduates will have the basic skills to effectively implement SC aspects of U.S. foreign policy.

Course Description

All students are required to attend the core portion of the course (3 weeks). Most students as identified by the CCMD will attend specialized training in the fourth week.

Core Instruction is provided on:

  • The many complex and interrelated aspects of SA and SC. The DoDD 5132.03 defines Security Cooperation (SC) as those activities undertaken by DoD to encourage and enable international partners to work with the U.S. to achieve strategic objectives. It includes all DoD interactions with foreign defense and security establishments, including all DoD- administered Security Assistance (SA) programs building defense and security relationships that promote specific US security interests.
  • The embassy environment, counter-intelligence, human rights, management of budget and other resources within the SCO, SC databases, international training management responsibilities, and other SCO operational requirements.
  • The region of assignment. This includes SC-related regional and country-specific political, military, economic, geographic, anti-terrorism and force protection, cultural considerations, and historic and current relationships with the U.S. The regional studies seminars utilize presentations.

Specialized Training for CCMD selected students is provided on:

  • Advanced international training management.
  • Advanced SCO resource management.

The course includes platform lecture, seminars, and practical exercises with typical scenarios for SCO personnel. Instruction is provided by DISAM faculty members and guest lecturers which include senior DoD officials as well as representatives of other USG agencies, civilian universities, and private organizations.

Continuous Learning Points

Graduates of this course may use the hours associated as Continuous Learning Points (CLPs, CEPs, etc.) for various professional development programs. Specific hours, by course, are listed at Continuous Learning Points.

Ace Equivalency Course Information

Visit the Ace Equivalency Course Information page to see the American Council on Education recommendation for this course.

Eligibility Criteria

  • US Government employees and contractor equivalents are eligible for attendance.
  • All DoD personnel assigned to overseas positions responsible for security assistance and security cooperation management are required by DoDI 5132.13 to complete this course. The SDO/DATTs shall, if in the grade of O-6 or below, attend the SCM-O at DISAM. SDO/DATTs in the grade of O-7 and above should, at a minimum, attend the SCM-E (or SCM-AO) at DISAM.
  • A SECRET clearance is required for all students.
  • Personnel selected for attendance should be assigned to occupy security assistance or security cooperation management positions. These include billets in SCOs or Defense Attaché Offices (DAO) overseas, CCMDs and their component commands. Students must have at least one year remaining in their security cooperation assignment to be eligible for DISAM training. Exceptions to this minimum retention standard require the approval of the DISAM Commandant.
  • Spouses of students are welcome to attend SCM-O, space permitting. Contact the registrar to determine if space is available. The curriculum in the regional seminars, which address historical, political, economic, social, religious, and cultural issues, is typically quite beneficial for family members. The DISAM library also has current holdings on these subjects, including audio-visual media. DISAM assumes no financial responsibility for travel costs or living expenses for spouses.
  • Note for personnel deploying to the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A)
    • All personnel assigned to CSTC-A will attend Afghanistan-specific curriculum during the third week. DISAM attendance for all CSTC-A personnel is determined by the CSTC-A Reachback Cell in Washington, DC.