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President of DSCU

Ms. Cara L. Abercrombie

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We bid a fond farewell to our Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) President, Ms. Cara Abercrombie. Ms. Abercrombie first joined the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in 2018 and became DSCU’s first President when it was established in September 2019. During her tenure leading DSCU, the university registered approximately 18,000 security cooperation personnel for online classes, developed 26 new courses, and rapidly transitioned 20 courses to virtual learning platforms in response to the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We honor President Abercrombie for her service and visionary leadership of the Defense Security Cooperation University. With deepest thanks and appreciation, we wish her success in her future endeavors!

Mr. David Sobyra, DSCU Provost, has assumed responsibilities as the Acting President of DSCU.

Important Announcements

President Abercrombie’s Departure from DSCU

We bid a fond farewell to our Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) President, Ms. Cara Abercrombie. Ms. Abercrombie first joined the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in 2018 and became DSCU’s first President when it was established in September 2019. During her tenure leading DSCU, the university registered approximately 18,000 security cooperation personnel for online classes, developed 26 new courses, and rapidly transitioned 20 courses to virtual learning platforms in response to the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We honor President Abercrombie for her service and visionary leadership of the Defense Security Cooperation University. With deepest thanks and appreciation, we wish her success in her future endeavors!

Mr. David Sobyra, DSCU Provost, has assumed responsibilities as the Acting President of DSCU.

Posted: 14-Jan-2021


Course Offerings for FY21!

DSCU is completing the posting of all course offerings for FY21 on the Class Schedule Page. All SCO classes are open for registration through the entire year (SCO-201 will continue to be a virtual course proceeding forward). Other CASE and POE classes are open for registration through March and classes will be opened for registration incrementally as we flow through the coming months and have a better idea of COVID’s potential for continuing impact on the calendar. Note that at this time we are listing all classes as virtual and not in resident/in-person. If, at a time during the year, it is in the best interest to transition a course from virtual to in-person, we will do that on the course/registration page in enough time for both DSCU and potential students to easily facilitate travel as required. Also note that if POE & CASE classes transition from virtual to in-person, the intent would be for them to be one week (full class days) in duration, vice the two-week duration meeting half-days virtually. Please watch the course lists for further actions of opening classes for registration. We are providing these dates so that SCW members have them for their organizational and personal planning purposes. Specifics for each course will be available on the course information page, with general information posted here. We will also push updates out to organizational POCs, as well.

Note that we do have one exception as MoDA certification courses – the Strategic Advisors Course (SAC) and Country/Mission Study (CMS) – are planned to be conducted in-person at an isolated location with limited student numbers and health protection measures including masking, social distancing, and health monitoring. Information on the availability of seats for open registration will be posted in the near future.

Please read the course information page thoroughly to ensure you understand the particulars of the specific course as well as the commitment of time and effort needed to anticipate the rigor of a course. Moving to the virtual environment did not ease the course completion requirements – it often made them more directive to ensure the accomplishment of the course learning objectives. This is important also for supervisors to ensure that they provide the time and environment needed without the expectation of a student being able to accomplish normal duties while still participating in our classes.

Posted: 28-Dec-2020


Highlighting The Success of 2020 Moving Into 2021 Mandatory Certification

Click here  to read the DSCU president's expression of gratitude to everyone within DSCU and the SC workforce for all the work done this year to enable mission success despite the changes necessitated by the global pandemic.

Posted: 17-Dec-2020


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Posted: 17-Dec-2020


One Year Anniversary Message from President Abercrombie

Click here to read the DSCU president's message regarding this momentous and historic milestone!

Posted: 25-Sep-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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