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SCM-EO

SCO Enterprise Orientation (SCO-301)

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

Objective

The 4-day Enterprise Orientation course (SCM-EO) was designed to meet the educational requirements of U.S. security cooperation office (SCO) leaders. The objective of this course was for the student to build on the knowledge gained in the Overseas (SCM-O) Course by meeting current Washington D.C.-based SC practitioners for briefings, consultations, and panel discussions regarding policy, program, and country-specific issues. Another objective was to expand student understanding of the intelligence and counter-intelligence aspects of the Defense Department missions on station – both Defense Attaché Office (DAO) and SCO. Adding to the basic skills acquired in the Overseas course, student SCOs were given practical advice and best practices from country- and program-specific analysts, managers, and policy drivers on whom the SCOs would subsequently rely in order to accomplish their respective in-country Security Cooperation tasks.

Course Description

Students were required to attend all four days and could not miss more than two cumulative hours. Students on orders to positions as SDO/DATT, SCO Chief, Section Chief, FAOs, and Chiefs of Staff/Operations were required to attend this course in addition to the SCM-O (SCM-351). SCM-O followed by SCM-EO was the preferable order, but exceptions could be made on a case-by-case basis.

Core instruction consisted of briefings and consultations with practicing SC professionals from various U.S. government agencies and offices that held stakes across the Security Cooperation Enterprise:

  • Expert guest speakers gave formal presentations followed by open discussions on SC current issues and challenges.
  • Program managers and functional implementation experts (e.g., Logisticians, Technology Transfer, and Defense Institution Building) addressed current issues and common mistakes and answered student SCOs’ detailed questions in small group discussions and, as available, in one-on-one consultations.
  • Country-specific and/or regional portfolio desk officers from State Department regional and functional bureaus, Office of the Secretary of Defense regional and functional offices, and Joint Staff regional and functional desk officers addressed current issues and common mistakes and answered student SCOs’ detailed questions in small group discussions and, as available, in one-on-one consultations.
  • Student SCOs met their Defense Security Cooperation Agency country program and finance directors and a number of other Integrated Regional Team (IRT) portfolio managers on whom SCOs would ultimately rely when they assume their in-country duties.
  • All sessions focused on the practical knowledge needed to succeed as a SCO and will, to a large extent, address Security Cooperation at the country-specific level which is of the most immediate interest to the student SCOs.