SCM-O (SCM-351)

Security Cooperation Management Overseas Course

NOTE: The following information is offered for archival purposes only. This course is no longer offered by DSCU.

This course has been replaced by SCO-201. Please resister for SCO-201 instead.


The Overseas course (SCM-O) was designed to meet the educational requirements of U.S. security cooperation organization (SCO) personnel and geographic combatant command (CCMD) staff personnel directly supporting SCOs. The objective of this course was for the student to attain a working knowledge of SCO-relevant security cooperation (SC) policies and procedures. Graduates received the basic skills to effectively implement SC aspects of U.S. foreign policy.

Course Description

All students were required to attend the core portion of the course (4 weeks). All students identified by their sponsoring CCMD to participate in this course attended specialized electives during Days 8 through 19 of the core course. In addition, select students will were required to attend additional training in the National Capital Region (NCR), sponsored by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

Core Instruction was provided on:

  • The general interrelated aspects of security cooperation (SC) and security assistance (SA) at the field (SCO) and operational (CCMD) level. DoD Directive 5132.03 (DoD Policy and Responsibilities Relating to Security Cooperation) defines SC as “all DoD interactions with foreign defense establishments to build defense relationships that promote specific U.S. security interests, develop allied and partner nation military and security capabilities for self-defense and multinational operations, and provide U.S. forces with peacetime and contingency access to allied and partner nations.” This course therefore provides practical knowledge and hands-on training designed to enable students to plan, program, and assist in the execution of these interactions within DoD’s regional theaters of operation.
  • The detailed specifics of working in an embassy environment, managing budget and other resources within the SCO, using SC databases, carrying out field-level international training management responsibilities, and executing SCO operational requirements.
  • The geographic focus area of the student’s follow-on assignment. This includes instruction on SC-related regional/country-specific political, military, economic, geographic, security, and cultural topics impacting the historic and current defense relationships of the United States.

Specialized training for selected students was provided on:

  • Advanced international training management.
  • Advanced SCO resource management.
  • The preparation of letters of request (LORs)/memoranda of request (MORs), the conduct of end-use monitoring (EUM), and financial billing procedures related to Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program cases.

The course included platform lecture, seminars, and practical exercises. Instruction was provided by DSCU faculty members and guest lecturers who may have included senior DoD officials as well as the representatives of other USG agencies, civilian universities, and private organizations. This course met International Program Security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20 (Visits and Assignments of Foreign Nationals).

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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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