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President of DSCU

Dr. Celeste Ward Gventer

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SC Colleagues,

I am thrilled to be coming on board as the new DSCU President on December 1, 2021. After more than two decades working as a national security professional, with service in government, academia, and the private sector, this role is especially exciting to me, as it brings together my experience as a practitioner with my academic background and interests.

Most recently, I worked in the Advising and Consulting Division as a Senior Lecturer and Regional Program Lead for Europe at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s Institute for Security Governance (ISG). In this role, and as a subject matter expert for ISG’s predecessor organizations, I engaged with several partner nations in the Balkans and Eastern Europe on Institutional Capacity Building, work that has shown me first-hand the vital role Security Cooperation plays in safeguarding the nation’s security. As an academic, I studied the history of defense organizations and had the pleasure of teaching national security policy at the University of Texas and at Texas A&M, so I am excited to be a part of an organization committed to training the next generation of SC professionals.

DSCU’s work is vital to supporting the SC community, and to assisting the Department of Defense and Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the implementation of our national security and defense strategies. DSCU also bears a special and central responsibility to implement the Congressionally-mandated Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP), which supports training, certification, and career paths for the thousands of DOD civilian and military employees executing SC programs and activities around the world. To support the SCWDP, DSCU has worked steadfastly over the past several years to develop programs and curricula across core areas of concentration to prepare the SC workforce for the evolving SC mission.

Beyond the SCWDP, DSCU’s International School of Education and Advising (ISEA) and International Military Education and Training (IMET) portfolios include critical institutional capacity building programs and training programs. As I step in as DSCU President, I am committed to ensuring these programs continue to provide value to DSCU’s military personnel and international partners. I am also committed to professionalizing and upskilling the Institutional Capacity Building workforce to ensure we are developing and implementing the most innovate and effective approaches to this vital mission.

My vision for DSCU is that it continues to develop into one of the finest overall training programs in DoD, that it creates new knowledge in SC and vastly expands the SC community of interest, and that it continues to develop highly skilled, motivated, and mission-focused professionals that materially advance the national security of the United States every day by building and sustaining our vital alliances and partnerships.

I look forward to engaging with DSCU’s partners to hear your perspectives, gather your advice, learn from you, and deepen our collaboration in service of our common missions. Thank you for all of the support and assistance you have already provided to DSCU.

Yours in partnership,
Dr. Celeste Gventer
President, DSCU

Important Announcements

New Resident Advising (MoDA) Opportunities

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) has multiple Resident Advising opportunities available. Please go to Resident Advising (MoDA) Opportunities for more information.

Posted: 26-Oct-2021


ISG Wins Third Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) was awarded the 2021 Secretary of Defense Award for Sustainment Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Military Forces for the third year in a row.

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ISG’s Colombia Project Team, working side-by-side with the Colombian defense and security sector logistics enterprise, facilitated the development and ongoing implementation of the Ministry of National Defense’s logistics modernization plan, setting the conditions for enhanced Colombian logistics interoperability with the US Department of Defense and with NATO. Colombia is now positioned to become a regional defense logistics leader. ISG’s collaborative approach and direct involvement with Colombia’s Ministry of National Defense, General Command of the Military Forces, Public Forces, and National Police logistics stakeholders is driving efforts to improve sector-wide logistics functions and increasing national sustainment capacity to produce a better return on investment for US security assistance and cooperation. These extraordinary accomplishments reflect great credit upon the Institute for Security Governance Colombia Team, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and the US Department of Defense.

The ISG Colombia Team, headed by Regional Program Lead Darryl L. Long, also includes Denny Wetherald, Hal Laughlin, Dan Georgi, Kathy Conley, Michael Boomer, Gordon Grant, and Rick Powell. This award represents years of hard work and bilateral cooperation in support of the Colombian Ministry of National Defense that have significantly advanced the strategic interests of the United States.

Posted: 25-Oct-2021


 The Defense Security Cooperation University has a new student experience!

On 30 June 2021, the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) transitioned to the CornerStone OnDemand (CSOD) learning management system to better support our students’ learning experience. Click HERE to go to the new CSOD login page. For additional information, OPEN A BROCHURE that will thoroughly explain important features, dates, and other information that may impact you.

Posted: 30-Jun-2021


Sign Up For SC-101

Get started on your path to Security Cooperation certification by completing Introduction to Security Cooperation (SC-101).

Posted: 17-Dec-2020

President's Message

Dear Security Cooperation Colleagues,

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. As we move into 2021, I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone within DSCU and the SC workforce for all they have done this year to enable mission success despite the changes necessitated by the global pandemic. The SC workforce has impressively risen to the occasion and continues to do so. At DSCU, we have achieved tremendous success in our rapid pivot to virtual based learning to ensure the continuity of SC workforce education. In 2021, our mission continues with the addition of the mandatory certification requirement for SC workforce members. It is my intent that DSCU delivers an education experience throughout your certification process that is relevant, engaging, and conducive to your career development. Thank you to all of our SC workforce members and partners as we strive together to advance Security Cooperation as a profession and a key pillar of the United States National Defense Strategy.

Best Regards,
Cara Abercrombie
President, DSCU

President's Message

To the Security Cooperation Workforce,

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. As we move into 2021, I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone within DSCU and the SC workforce for all they have done this year to enable mission success despite the changes necessitated by the global pandemic. The SC workforce has impressively risen to the occasion and continues to do so. At DSCU, we have achieved tremendous success in our rapid pivot to virtual based learning to ensure the continuity of SC workforce education. In 2021, our mission continues with the addition of the mandatory certification requirement for SC workforce members. It is my intent that DSCU delivers an education experience throughout your certification process that is relevant, engaging, and conducive to your career development. Thank you to all of our SC workforce members and partners as we strive together to advance Security Cooperation as a profession and a key pillar of the United States National Defense Strategy.

Best Regards,
Cara Abercrombie
President, DSCU

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Registration for DSCU courses is completed using the Cornerstone on Demand (CSOD) Learning Management System (LMS) hosted by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). You will access the LMS using a dialog similar to that shown to the left. Click the "Need help signing in?" link (indicated by the arrow) if you need help.

If you are a student who currently occupies a Security Cooperation Workforce position, you should be immediately redirected to DSCU’s instance of the CSOD learning management system after logging into the DAU hosted site. If you do not see any DSCU courses available after login, you will need to take one of the following actions:

  1. Register for the Introduction to Security Cooperation Course (SC-101).
  2. Change your organization in your CSOD profile. Follow these Directions for Changing your Organinization so you can view your DSCU courses.

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