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!”