SCM-O (SCM-351)
Security Cooperation Management Overseas Course
15-19 Days

Objective

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.

This course meets International Program Security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20.

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.

CYBER AWARENESS TRAINING VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To complete this course, all students must access the Internet, and specialized course materials available only on the DISAM intranet, using assigned classroom computers. Because the DISAM intranet resides on the Air Force Network (AFNET), DISAM is only authorized to create computer accounts for students who have completed annual DoD Cyber Awareness training within 12 months of the course’s end date. Additionally, all computer security training must be documented in the Air Force’s Active Directory.

Air Force students should have their DoD Cyber Awareness training completion loaded within the Advance Distributive Learning System (ADLS). DISAM does not have access to the other services’ training records.

Students not affiliated with the U.S. Air Force should be prepared to upload an electronic copy of their DoD Cyber Awareness training completion certificate during registration. Acceptable formats are Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), and Microsoft XPS Document (.xps). This will enable DISAM network technicians to update their training status in Active Directory after manually reviewing the submitted training certificate.

Alternatively, students can simply take the DoD Cyber Awareness course (Cyber Challenge) after creating an Air Force ADLS account, and then email a copy of the training certificate to DISAM.NetworkOps@us.af.mil instead of uploading a copy of their equivalent training during registration.

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

  • 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.
  • In accordance with DoDI 5132.13, para 3c (2)(b), SCO and DAO personnel assigned security cooperation/assistance program management functions shall attend the SCM-O course at DISAM. Attendance at DISAM is mandatory, unless the course has been completed satisfactorily within the previous 5 years.
  • US Government employees and contractor equivalents are eligible for attendance.
  • 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.

Official Review Conducted On: 11/1/2016

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Commandant's Message

Welcome to the DISAM website – this as we work to make more mobile accessible! I have limited space here, but want to highlight a few items about DISAM and the website as well.

DISAM has revised its mission and vision statements – only a part of an ongoing Strategic Review of DISAM which has us looking at much of what we do in terms of business processes (everything from accreditation to personnel issues to curriculum review). Speaking of Curriculum Review, we just concluded our annual meeting on 18 February 2016 with about 45 reps from organizations most likely including yours. We are switching gears a bit and creating a more formal process which will pair DISAM and various constituency subject matter experts in a more deliberate review of courseware and courses. This will also work in concert as DISAM deals with DSCA leadership in prioritization of resources to make the biggest dent possible in ever growing training requirements.

I’d also note that our Headquarters, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, continues its “Vision 2020” initiatives, with progress being noted in a variety of areas. I’d encourage you to check those out on the DSCA website!

DISAM endeavors to make our website more viable and user friendly for all who reference it for course information, publications, or other features serving the SC Enterprise. I’ve noted our “Ask An Instructor” feature previously – and that continues to be a crowd-pleaser. In CY2015, we responded to 335 questions (and 1800 in the past 5 years) which wouldn’t include those who have been helped by a large Frequently Asked Question database. One new feature on the website now gives you the opportunity to recommend changes/corrections to the DISAM “Greenbook”. We solicit any feedback you have to make DISAM better meet your needs! I’d also simply add that I hope that you are familiar with our “SC Programs Handbook” which now provides information on over 100 SC programs. Although certainly not all-inclusive, it outlines many of our tools to Build Partner Capacity!

Many thanks for your support of DISAM as we reach more people doing more work in Security Cooperation as the programs and authorities continue to grow. Never hold back on information that helps us better serve you. We truly want to help you make a difference!

Sincerely,
Dr. Ron Reynolds