Contracting for FMS

Contracting for FMS

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Target Audience

Designed for DoD personnel directly involved in procuring defense articles and services in support of FMS requirements. This includes FMS case managers, program managers, procuring contracting officers, administrative contracting officers, and contract auditors.


This learning guide examines each of the acquisition topics discussed in the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s Security Assistance Management Manual (SAMM) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Subpart 225.73 - Acquisitions for FMS. The range of acquisition topics include: acquisition authorities, preparing solicitations & contracts for FMS, contracting officer’s role in LOA preparation, pricing acquisitions for FMS, FMS customer involvement, sole source procurement, offsets, contingent fees, warranties for FMS, contract clauses, limitation of liability, and FMS customer contractual data requests.

This learning guide is for reference or professional development only. No certificate is awarded for completion.


This learning guide includes audio narration and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

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Course Login

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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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