Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs


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Mark M. Karas
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

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Mark Karas is the acting Dean of Education at the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) – the Defense Department’s university for education and research on military issues relating to the management of military-to-military security cooperative efforts.

Mr. Karas joined the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS), now DSCU, in September 2018 as an instructor. In January 2020 he assumed duties as DSCU’s Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development until tapped to serve as the acting Dean of Education in December 2020. He previously served as a military instructor at the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (DISAM) from 2009-2010.

Mr. Karas retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Colonel in 2018. As a former Eurasia Foreign Area Officer (FAO), he served most recently as the Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché (SDO/DATT) to Budapest, Hungary and to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Also served as the Security Cooperation Office (SCO) Chief in Baku, Azerbaijan.



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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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