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Introduction to Fundamentals of International Acquisition
This course teaches the fundamentals of international acquisition and its relationship to Security Cooperation including relevant laws and policies and the roles of involved U.S. Government organizations. It covers International Armaments Cooperation (IAC) and Security Assistance programs, how they relate to the Defense Acquisition System, and the processes and procedures used on these forms of international acquisition. The course also covers international contracting, international logistics, systems engineering activities as they relate to program protection and interoperability, and technology security basics. Upon completion of this course, students will have a broad foundation on all forms of international engagement conducted by the Defense Acquisition Workforce and how they can be employed to enhance acquisition outcomes and improve allied and friendly nation interoperability.
This course equips the student to describe Security Cooperation, major enabling legislation, and its relationship to international acquisition; describe key State Department and Commerce Department players in Security Cooperation and international acquisition and their roles; describe key Department of Defense (DoD) players in Security Cooperation and international acquisition and their roles; describe international considerations in defense capabilities and in initiating defense acquisition programs; describe international considerations within the Defense Acquisition System; describe the objectives of International Armaments Cooperation (IAC) and the foundation and infrastructure upon which IAC is based; describe IAC agreements and enabling programs; describe International Cooperative Programs, legal authorities, types of international agreements, and major considerations; describe the processes and documentation requirements that the DoD uses to manage the negotiation and signature of international agreements, including coordination requirements; describe the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process and major considerations in each stage; describe the role of Security Cooperation Organizations (SCOs); describe domestic preference legislation and contracting considerations on FMS and International Cooperative Programs; describe international logistics considerations and forms of logistics cooperation; discuss the role of systems engineering in protecting technology and facilitating interoperability with allied and friendly nations; and discuss basic technology security principles, processes, documents, and planning.
Target Attendees
Security Cooperation Workforce personnel performing acquisition-related duties in support of security cooperation programs.
Substitute Course(s)
PMT 202 , All Years
Course Length
15 hours distance learning
Additional Course Information
Delivery ModeDistance learningSC Continuing Learning Hours15 hours
Equivalent CoursesACQ 120DAU Continuing Learning Points15
College Credit Recommended3 (see note)FM Continuous EducationNot evaluated
Available Classes
ClassNumberDistance LearningIn-ResidenceLocationStatus 
ACQ-120E0203/01/2020 - 12/31/2020OnlineScheduledRegister
ACQ-120E0110/01/2019 - 12/31/2020OnlineIn-SessionRegister
This course is identical to the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) ACQ 120, Fundamentals of International Acquisition course which was developed for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment [USD(A&S)] International Acquisition Career Path (IACP). Completing SC-101 and DAU ACQ 101 prior to registering is recommended. The course is being provided through DISCS to members of the Security Cooperation Workforce. DAU instructors will act as facilitators for this course. All exams in this course must be passed with a minimum score of 80%. Students have 2 opportunities to take an exam for each lesson in its entirety. After a 3rd failure, students will be required to retake the lesson and its exam before continuing in the course. Recommend that students contact the Help Desk for referral to the assigned DAU instructor prior to attempting an exam for the third time. There is no time limit for completing this course.

COLLEGE CREDIT: American Council on Education recommends 3 semester hours undergraduate credit when completed with ACQ130. See