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SCM-CS (SCM-421)

Security Cooperation Management Logistics Support Course

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

Objective

The 5-day Logistics Support Course (SCM-CS) was designed to provide personnel who were directly involved in or concerned with foreign military sales (FMS) requisitions and materiel movement with a comprehensive understanding and application of the policies, procedures, systems, and actions necessary to move FMS materiel from its initial requisition through shipment to the customer's final destination. The objective was to understand the functions of key organizations involved in materiel distribution, to include the International Logistics Control Organizations (ILCOs), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), contractors, and freight forwarders. Students were taught to identify the proper procedures for processing requisitions, and the handling and movement of security cooperation (SC) program materiel, with an objective of reducing or preventing deficiencies in the FMS materiel distribution process.

Course Description

This was an advanced course in two parts. The first part was an online refresher course. The second part was a one-week resident course. The online refresher course could be completed no more than 60 days prior to the start of the resident course. Students were required to have attended an introductory course and be familiar with FMS programs and procedures. The course focused on specific aspects of logistics such as the integration of the elements of the total package approach, requirements determination, requisition processing, with an emphasis on shipping and transportation considerations throughout the FMS case and requisition life cycle. The course emphasized the responsibilities and relationships between the case managers at the ILCOs with the weapon system program manager, the contract administrative office, the DLA and military department (MILDEP) item managers, the transportation coordinators, the freight forwarder, and the FMS customer. The course focused on how to reduce frustrated and misdirected shipments, reduce supply discrepancy reports, and plan for material movement during LOR development. Students were required to complete an online refresher course prior to being accepted for registration, and must have passed a final examination at the end of the course with a minimum score of 75 percent to receive a certificate of graduation for SCM-CS Logistics Support Course.

The SCM-CS Logistics Support Course was structured to provide a diverse sample of logistics-oriented topics presented using various methods to suit most adult learning styles. Several lessons included practical exercises which involved individual and group activities and assignments. Learners were expected to actively participate in all activities and complete all learning assessments to successfully graduate from this course, in addition to achieving a passing score on the final examination. Successful completion of the course was based on a minimum score in each of two categories: Exercises and assessments earn a maximum of 100 points, and the final examination is worth 100 points. A minimum of 150 points was required to successfully complete the course.