Mr. David A. Sobyra
Dear Security Cooperation Colleagues,
Our mission to train, educate, and develop the Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW) has reached a significant milestone with the May 7, 2021 issuance of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5132.15, which officially launches the mandatory
certification requirements for the SCW.
The Department of Defense established the SCW Certification program in response to the statutory requirement to develop a professional SCW. All SCW members require certification; it is a condition of employment for civilians and constitutes an order for the military. It is my intent that the certification process is relevant, engaging, and conducive to the career development of our workforce.
I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone within DSCU and the SCW for all they have done to develop this DoDI and keep the program moving forward in spite of a worldwide pandemic. At DSCU, we have overcome numerous challenges to ensure the continuity of SCW education and our hard work has paid off by quickly pivoting to an online training environment, allowing us to maintain our academic schedule in spite of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you to all of the SCW members and partners as we strive to advance Security Cooperation as a profession. I am proud to serve as DSCU’s Acting President. I look forward to what we will accomplish together not only as a team, but also as an SC Community to close out in 2021.
President (Acting), DSCU