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Ms. Cara L. Abercrombie

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It is hard to believe that a year has passed since former Under Secretary Rood, Lieutenant General Hooper (ret.), and I cut the ribbon that opened the doors to the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU). At that time, no one would have predicted the challenges that would face us all in our personal and professional lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to adapt to a new reality that has demanded extreme flexibility. The Security Cooperation (SC) Workforce has risen to this challenge and excelled. I am proud to serve you and your University.  Read more

Important Announcements

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


DSCU Blackboard Has Migrated to DSCU.Blackboard.com!

The DSCU Blackboard site has migrated to a new, cloud-based platform. Due to a permissions issue, some existing course material will not operate correctly under the new URL; new material and future material will not operate correctly under the old URL. So, to mitigate the issue, please follow these guidelines:
- For Class IDs ending in -2021 (such as SC-101-E01-2021) please log in through dscu.blackboard.com.
- For Class IDs ending in -2020 (such as SC-101-E01-2020) please log in through discs-dsca.blackboard.com.
- If you have active classes ending in both -2020 and -2021, please contact the Help Desk at DSCU-DLTechAssist@tier1performance.com to have your classes consolidated into one login link or the other.
Please also be aware that progress that saves on either site will be reflected on the other site. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Posted: 21-Sep-2020


Course Offerings Posted!

DSCU has posted the course offerings for the first quarter of FY21; those classes are open for registration – and the good news is that they are filling up quickly. We are working the schedule for the final three quarters with plans of those course dates being posted and classes to begin being open for registration in early November. All classes in the first quarter are virtual and our plan is for classes to continue to be virtual through the second quarter (likely at least through April) as we will do our best to plan for a smooth transition to a post-COVID environment and the opportunity for resident/in-person classes. In that meantime, pending post-COVID, likely almost all DSCU courses will be offered as virtual courses– whether on-line self-paced CBT, more in-depth asynchronous instruction or synchronous instruction that is now taking place in our Intermediate level courses. As the mission and situation requires, courses may occasionally be taught at a DSCU campus or via MTT. Specifics for each course will be available on the course information page, with general information posted here. We will also push updates out to organizational POCs, as well.

Note that we do have one exception as MoDA certification courses – the Strategic Advisors Course (SAC) and Country/Mission Study (CMS) – 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.

Note that for POE-201 and CASE-201, there will not be the two-phases of classes (that previously included POEH/CASEH). Those phases have been combined into a single class incorporating both phases as we begin FY21.

Please read the course information page thoroughly to ensure you understand the particulars of the specific course as well as the commitment of time and effort needed to anticipate the rigor of a course. Moving to the virtual environment did not ease the course completion requirements – it often made them more directive to ensure the accomplishment of the course learning objectives. This is important also for supervisors to ensure that they provide the time and environment needed without the expectation of a student being able to accomplish normal duties while still participating in our classes.

Posted: 22-Oct-2020

President's Message

Dear Security Cooperation Colleagues,

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since former Under Secretary Rood, Lieutenant General Hooper (ret.), and I cut the ribbon that opened the doors to the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU). At that time, no one would have predicted the challenges that would face us all in our personal and professional lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to adapt to a new reality that has demanded extreme flexibility. The Security Cooperation (SC) Workforce has risen to this challenge and excelled. I am proud to serve you and your University.

DSCU was established in response to the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which cited the need to “establish and maintain a school to train, educate, and certify the security cooperation workforce.” From this call to action grew the SC Workforce Development Program, an ambitious initiative to certify and professionalize the entire SC Workforce. After one year, and despite the obstacles placed in our way by the pandemic, our workforce and University should be proud of what we have achieved together. Below are a few highlights from the past year.

● Twenty-six new Basic- and Intermediate-level courses were developed to provide you with the best and most current knowledge for your professional development. Over 25,000 discrete courses have been completed, over 13,000 personnel are in progress toward certification, over 2,000 personnel have already completed their basic level certification, and over 500 are certified at the highest level required for their position. These are impressive numbers for this transition year!

● DSCU partnered with the Defense Acquisition University, Naval Postgraduate School, and the Joint Military Attaché School to develop and deliver courses for our SC workforce. Additionally, DSCU faculty supported the George Washington University’s Elliott School training for Foreign Area Officers, under the auspices of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office.

● Despite COVID-19, SC leadership and action officers from across the enterprise maintained positive forward momentum and participated virtually in all scheduled governance events (SC Workforce Development Program Working Group Meeting, Annual Summit, and Senior Steering Board).

An anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on our journey so far. Though we have accomplished much, there is still much to do. DSCU’s first year has been highlighted by standing up the University, initiating the transition year of the Workforce Certification Program, and adjusting to a completely virtual environment. Now we need to focus on the strategic and more difficult goals of advancing SC as a profession and further strengthening our curriculum and knowledge base while continuing to support those within our SC workforce as they move towards mandatory certification starting in January 2021.

Finally, I would like to announce the launch of the DSCU LinkedIn page. I envision this to be a location to highlight the latest topics of interest for the SC community. Please follow this site and be on the lookout for DSCU and SC updates. www.linkedin.com/company/defense-security-cooperation-university/

Thank you for your strong support and dedication in continuing to make this a professional workforce. DSCU will continue to adapt and modernize to ensure we remain a center of excellence for our SC Workforce. I look forward to what we will accomplish together as a team over the next 12 months. Stay safe!

Very Respectfully,
Ms. Cara L. Abercrombie

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Posted September 25, 2020

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