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SCM-SP (SCM-371)

Security Cooperation Management State Partnership Course

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


The objective of the 5-day Security Cooperation Management – State Partnership Program (SCM-SP) course was to provide mid-level security cooperation education and an introduction to security assistance for U.S. military and civilian personnel serving within the DoD State Partnership Program (SPP) community which supports U.S. international security cooperation/assistance programs. The general course objective was to furnish students with a basic understanding of the SPP, emphasizing security cooperation administration, planning organization, and operations, as well as emphasizing the interaction and constraints of the SPP with DoD security assistance activities. The course met International Program Security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20.

Course Description

Instruction was provided on the State Partnership Program (SPP) and the many interrelated aspects of the SPP with security assistance and security cooperation activities. These included the role of the Department of State in foreign policy, that of the Department of Defense in national defense, and that of the Congress in the areas of authorization, appropriation, and oversight. The functions and responsibilities of the National Guard Bureau and the State Guard headquarters, the Combatant Commands, Component Commands, DSCA, and the Military Departments (MILDEPs) were also addressed.