Country and Mission Seminar (CMS)
SC Workforce Certification Level
CMS provides Defense Advising (DA) Certification candidates, who have successfully completed DA-201, Strategic Advisors Course (SAC), with an expert knowledge of their assigned country and mission, which will enable them to advise effectively at the strategic/executive/ministerial level of their Partner Nation’s (PN) security institutions. By the end of this course, students will have in-depth knowledge of the history, culture, demography, and religion of the PN as well as its relationships with regional actors and international institutions. Of equal importance, they will also gain an appreciation for key strategic and situational factors, and the U.S. mission, goals, and objectives
CMS country study includes providing students with basic language familiarity; in-depth knowledge of culture and customs; and a detailed understanding of PN history, economics, demographics, political geography, governance, rule of law, religion and the different roles of ethnic minorities and women. Mission Study Objectives include: Understand the key policies and plans guiding U.S. and significant international missions; Understand the U.S. National Military Command Structure and how it interfaces with the Department of State and Inter-Agency; Understand funding for national security and PN budgeting processes; Gain an understanding of select PN systems (E.G. finance and human resources); and the structure and organization of key PN military and security ministries. CMS also provides lessons on advance topics including Conflict Theory, Good Governance, Security and Development, and Women, Peace and Security. Finally, students are enabled to evaluate, analyze, and apply the knowledge gained throughout CMS to advancing advising missions in support of broader US National Security goals and objectives.
This seminar course emphasizes directed, individual learning in a hybrid environment. The course begins with 3 weeks of virtual, instructor led training, followed by 1 week in-person on the DSCU NCR Campus.
All personnel designated to serve as ministerial or strategic level advisors in either a named military operation or as part of a Security Cooperation Mission in an Embassy setting.
DA-201, Strategic Advisor Course
3 Weeks VILT and 1 week ILT (4 weeks overall)
Additional Course Information
SC Continuous Learning Hours
DAU Continuous Learning Points
College Credit Recommended
Transfer Credit Available
Constructive Credit Available
This registration button will take you to an equivalent course page on our Learning Management System (LMS), hosted by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). If sessions are scheduled, you will be able to select one from its Upcoming Sessions drop down list.