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President of DSCU

Cara Abercrombie

I am proud to officially announce the establishment of the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU), our new Department of Defense center of excellence for security cooperation education and training.

Security cooperation has been elevated to a tool of first resort in United States foreign policy. Now, more than ever, it requires an institution dedicated to creating and advancing a comprehensive understanding of security cooperation principles, processes, resources, and tools to respond to U.S. and partner nation shared challenges. DSCU is that institution. Read More...

DSCU Mission

The Defense Security Cooperation University is the Department of Defense’s Center of Excellence for security cooperation education and training. DSCU supports the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s mission of training, educating, and providing for the long-term development of the security cooperation workforce. DSCU accomplishes its mission by:

  • Delivering a competency-based curriculum to train, educate, and develop the security cooperation workforce in support of the Security Cooperation Workforce Certification Program.
  • Offering educational and training opportunities to non-security cooperation workforce U.S. Government, U.S. industry stakeholders, and foreign government military and civilian personnel.
  • Leveraging a virtual consortium of stakeholder education and training institutions and subject matter experts to serve as a security cooperation enterprise-wide resource for developing and advancing security cooperation.
  • Partnering with the Joint Staff, other Department of Defense and U.S. Government organizations, and civilian academic institutions to advance security cooperation education and training.

DSCU Vision

DSCU delivers the education and training required to develop an agile, certified, and experienced security cooperation workforce ready to meet the current and future global security cooperation mission.

Academic Partners


Institute for Security Governance

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Defense Acquisition University

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Defense Institute of International Legal Studies

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DSCU Institutions


Ministry of Defense Advisors

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Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies