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SCM-OM (SCM-352)

Security Cooperation Management Overseas Modified Course

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


The 9-day Overseas Modified (SCM-OM) course was designed to meet the educational requirements of U.S. security cooperation organization (SCO) personnel in specific countries with large/unique SCO missions that could not attend the full SCM-O Resident Course at DSCU. The end result of this course was a working knowledge of SCO-relevant security cooperation (SC) policies and procedures unique to a specific country. Graduates received the basic skills to effectively implement SC duties in their respective host countries in support of U.S. foreign policy.

Course Description

Core Instruction is provided on:

  • The many complex and interrelated aspects of security assistance (SA) and SC. The general interrelated aspects of SC and SA at the field (SCO) and operational or geographic combatant command (CCMD) level. DoD Directive 5132.03 (DoD Policy and Responsibilities Relating to Security Cooperation) defines SC as “all DoD interactions with foreign defense establishments to build defense relationships that promote specific U.S. security interests, develop allied and partner nation military and security capabilities for self-defense and multinational operations, and provide U.S. forces with peacetime and contingency access to allied and partner nations.” This course therefore provides practical knowledge and hands-on training designed to enable students to plan, program, and assist in the execution of these interactions within DoD’s regional theaters of operation.
  • The detailed specifics of working in an embassy environment, managing budget and other resources within the SCO, using SC databases, carrying out field-level international training management responsibilities, and executing SCO operational requirements.

The course included lecture and practical exercise. Instruction was provided by DISCS faculty members and guest lecturers, to include senior DoD officials as well as representatives from other U.S. Government (USG) agencies.

This course met international program security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20 (Visits and Assignments of Foreign Nationals).