SCM-P3 (SCM-361)

Security Cooperation Management Policy, Programs, and Planning Course

Attendance in this class is by invitation only from a partner organization. This course is no longer offered by DSCU.


The 5-day Security Cooperation Management Policy, Programs, and Planning (SCM-P3) Course provides a functional knowledge of security assistance/security cooperation planning considerations, authorities, funding and roles of the Department of State (DoS), Department of Defense (DoD), and other members of the U.S. government interagency.

This course meets International Program Security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20.

Course Description

Instruction is provided on the many complex and interrelated aspects of security assistance and security cooperation. These include the role of the Department of State in foreign policy, that of the Department of Defense in national defense, and that of the Congress in the areas of authorization, appropriation, and oversight. The functions and responsibilities of the geographic combatant commands, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), and the Military Departments (MILDEP) are also addressed. The syllabus (below) lists the various topics covered in this course. The emphasis of the curriculum is on the roles, planning considerations, authorities, funding, policies and procedures involved in the management of security assistance and security cooperation programs/activities in a headquarters staff environment.

Classes sponsored by a geographic combatant command or one of its components tend to have a regional focus and emphasis. It includes guest speakers from the command and integrate presentations from headquarter staff personnel on the practical application of the various programs/activities in a particular region.

Eligibility Criteria

Only USG employees and contractor equivalents are eligible for attendance. Officials of other federal government agencies, such as the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development and Department of Commerce, may also enroll in the course.

All DoD personnel assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) staff, Joint Staff (JS), Military Department (MILDEP) Headquarter staffs, Geographic and Functional Combatant Commands, DoD component commands, other DoD entities (i.e. including training and education institutions) and interagency staffs who have a role and/or responsibility in Security Assistance / Security Cooperation are encouraged to attend.

This course is NOT intended for personnel who have been selected to fill overseas Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) positions responsible for security assistance and security cooperation management. SCO personnel are required by DoDI 5132.13 to complete the SCM-O course. Selected SCO personnel may, with the recommendation of their Geographic Combatant Command and the approval of DSCA, attend this course in lieu of SCM-O.

This class is NOT open to Locally Employed Staff.

This course can be repeated every three years as a refresher and to obtain updates on new policies and procedures.



English Comprehension Level

Not applicable to this course.

Continuous Learning Points

Graduates of this course may use the hours associated as Continuous Learning Points (CLPs, CEPs, etc.) for various professional development programs.

SCWD Database levels of training are:

  • Level One - Security Cooperation Familiarization (online training)
  • Level Two - Security Cooperation Orientation Course (primarily online training)
  • Level Three - Security Cooperation Management courses (resident and non-resident)
  • Level Four - Security Cooperation advanced courses (resident)

SCM-P3 is a Level THREE Course.

Security Clearance

None required.

Available Classes

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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).
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