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President of DSCU

Mr. David A. Sobyra

Greetings from Arlington. We are proud of Ms. Cara Abercrombie’s move to the National Security Council as the Senior Director for Defense; her leadership and vision brought us to this point. I am honored and proud to assume the roles and responsibilities as Acting President of Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU). I am eager to bring 23 years of active duty USMC service and my experiences as a Joint Staff action officer, 15 years as a civilian in OSD Policy, and the lessons from leading a research center at the National Defense University to bear on the challenges ahead. I look forward to meeting our students and alumni, learning who they are, and hearing their thoughts about how the profession of security cooperation advances our national security objectives. To the incredible and dedicated team of faculty and staff, I am humbled to lead you. This is an exciting time to be at DSCU, and I look forward to sharing what lies ahead with you.

The Year Ahead. DSCU is a place to learn, a place to share, and a place where diversity, equity, and inclusion are valued. At DSCU, we are security cooperation thought leaders about its contributions to our national security. We are committed to making DSCU an innovative and agile university ready to deliver an educational experience that is relevant, engaging, and conducive to the career development of the workforce. There is a lot for DSCU to look forward to in 2021 including: the initiation of the mandatory certification for the Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW); a return to resident instruction at our campuses in Dayton and Arlington (COVID-dependent); and significant improvements to our Security Cooperation Organization/Office (SCO) program. DSCU’s primary focus is to provide the education and training for the certification of the SCW. Please take a few minutes to visit our Certification Page to learn more about the workforce certification program, and view our certification video.

Get Certified. The Security Cooperation certification program brings together the major structures, policies, and processes of Security Cooperation as a DoD instrument for enhancing the U.S. strategic edge and bolstering our robust network of allies and partners. Thank you to those workforce members who have already begun their certification journey. For those who have not yet begun, the certification program is about developing the SC workforce as a professional community and developing and enhancing your career. So, I encourage you to “Get Going, Get Online, and Get Certified!”

Important Announcements

Course Offerings for FY21!

Update: DSCU has posted all course offerings currently available for FY21 on the Class Schedule Page. These classes are now open or registration through the end of the FY. All courses are listed as virtual. However, if conditions allow and it is in the best interest to transition a course from virtual to in-person, we will make applicable changes to the course/registration page in enough time for both DSCU and potential students to easily facilitate travel as required. Also note that if POE and/or CASE courses transition from virtual to in-person, these classes will be one week of full day classes rather than the two weeks normally spent in the virtual environment. This update is provided for organizational and personal planning purposes. Specifics for each course will be available on the course information page. We will also push updates out to organization POCs as well.

Exceptions to the above are the MoDA certification courses, the Strategic Advisors Course (SAC) and Country/Mission Study (CMS), which are planned to be conducted in person at an isolated location with limited student numbers and health protection measures including masking, social distancing, and health monitoring. Information on the availability of seats for open registration will be posted in the near future.

Please read the course information page thoroughly to understand the time commitment, and the level of effort required for course completion. Moving to the virtual environment did not ease the course completion requirements, instead, this approach is more directive to ensure the accomplishment of the course learning objectives. Note to supervisors: We are requesting you provide the time and environment required for student participation in classes, without the expectation of accomplishing normal duties.

Posted: 21-Jan-2021


President Abercrombie’s Departure from DSCU

We bid a fond farewell to our Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) President, Ms. Cara Abercrombie. Ms. Abercrombie first joined the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in 2018 and became DSCU’s first President when it was established in September 2019. During her tenure leading DSCU, the university registered approximately 18,000 security cooperation personnel for online classes, developed 26 new courses, and rapidly transitioned 20 courses to virtual learning platforms in response to the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We honor President Abercrombie for her service and visionary leadership of the Defense Security Cooperation University. With deepest thanks and appreciation, we wish her success in her future endeavors!

Mr. David Sobyra, DSCU Provost, has assumed responsibilities as the Acting President of DSCU.

Posted: 14-Jan-2021


Highlighting The Success of 2020 Moving Into 2021 Mandatory Certification

Click here  to read the DSCU president's expression of gratitude to everyone within DSCU and the SC workforce for all the work done this year to enable mission success despite the changes necessitated by the global pandemic.

Posted: 17-Dec-2020


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Get started on your path to Security Cooperation certification by completing Introduction to Security Cooperation (SC-101).

Posted: 17-Dec-2020


One Year Anniversary Message from President Abercrombie

Click here to read the DSCU president's message regarding this momentous and historic milestone!

Posted: 25-Sep-2020

President's Message

Dear Security Cooperation Colleagues,

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. As we move into 2021, I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone within DSCU and the SC workforce for all they have done this year to enable mission success despite the changes necessitated by the global pandemic. The SC workforce has impressively risen to the occasion and continues to do so. At DSCU, we have achieved tremendous success in our rapid pivot to virtual based learning to ensure the continuity of SC workforce education. In 2021, our mission continues with the addition of the mandatory certification requirement for SC workforce members. It is my intent that DSCU delivers an education experience throughout your certification process that is relevant, engaging, and conducive to your career development. Thank you to all of our SC workforce members and partners as we strive together to advance Security Cooperation as a profession and a key pillar of the United States National Defense Strategy.

Best Regards,
Cara Abercrombie
President, DSCU

President's Message

To the Security Cooperation Workforce,

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. As we move into 2021, I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone within DSCU and the SC workforce for all they have done this year to enable mission success despite the changes necessitated by the global pandemic. The SC workforce has impressively risen to the occasion and continues to do so. At DSCU, we have achieved tremendous success in our rapid pivot to virtual based learning to ensure the continuity of SC workforce education. In 2021, our mission continues with the addition of the mandatory certification requirement for SC workforce members. It is my intent that DSCU delivers an education experience throughout your certification process that is relevant, engaging, and conducive to your career development. Thank you to all of our SC workforce members and partners as we strive together to advance Security Cooperation as a profession and a key pillar of the United States National Defense Strategy.

Best Regards,
Cara Abercrombie
President, DSCU

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