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President of DSCU

Mr. David A. Sobyra

Dear Security Cooperation Colleagues,

Our mission to train, educate, and develop the Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW) has reached a significant milestone with the May 7, 2021 issuance of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5132.15, which officially launches the mandatory certification requirements for the SCW.

The Department of Defense established the SCW Certification program in response to the statutory requirement to develop a professional SCW. All SCW members require certification; it is a condition of employment for civilians and constitutes an order for the military. It is my intent that the certification process is relevant, engaging, and conducive to the career development of our workforce.

I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone within DSCU and the SCW for all they have done to develop this DoDI and keep the program moving forward in spite of a worldwide pandemic. At DSCU, we have overcome numerous challenges to ensure the continuity of SCW education and our hard work has paid off by quickly pivoting to an online training environment, allowing us to maintain our academic schedule in spite of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you to all of the SCW members and partners as we strive to advance Security Cooperation as a profession. I am proud to serve as DSCU’s Acting President. I look forward to what we will accomplish together not only as a team, but also as an SC Community to close out in 2021.

Very Respectfully,
Dave Sobyra
President (Acting), DSCU

Important Announcements

Updated! The Defense Security Cooperation University will unveil a new student experience on June 30th!

In June 2021, the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) is transitioning to the Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) learning management system to better support our students’ learning experience. Click here to open a brochure that will thoroughly explain important features, dates, and other information that may impact you.

Posted: 18-May-2021


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


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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

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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