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International Programs Security Requirements

NOTE: The following information is offered for archival purposes only. This course is no longer offered by DSCU.


The International Programs Security Requirements Course (IPSR) was designed to train DoD employees and US industry personnel in the laws, policies, and procedures that protect sensitive and classified US technology and information. In 1999, the Deputy Secretary of Defense mandated training for “all DoD personnel responsible for negotiating, overseeing, managing, executing or otherwise participating in international activities…” (subsequently codified in DoD Directive 5230.20, Visits, Assignments, and Exchanges of Foreign Nationals). The DoDD 5230.20 training requirement for international programs security could be satisfied by any of he following courses: graduation from the IPSR or IPSR-Online course; graduation from SCM-C, SCM-O, or SCM-OM (post October 2000); or, graduation from SCM-AO, SCM-SP, SCM-LO, SCM-E, or SCM-TM, SCM-TO/TM, or SCM-STC tutorial (post October 2012).

The Defense Acquisition University course PMT 203, International Security and Technology Transfer or ACQ 130 Fundamentals of Technology Security/Transfer (FTS/T), could also be used to fulfill the training requirement of DoDD 5230.20.

Course Description

The International Programs Security Requirements Course - Online (IPSR-OL) covered the principles and procedures that govern and facilitate international technology transfer, export controls, and foreign disclosure. Specific lessons addressed processes for international program security, controlled unclassified information (CUI), foreign government information (FGI), the National Disclosure Policy (NDP), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The export approval and license process was covered along with the role of the Defense Security Service (DSS). Other topics included visits and assignments of foreign nationals, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI), and the transfer of classified information.