Mission

DSCU’s mission is to advance the knowledge and practice of Security Cooperation through the education, training, and development of the U.S. Security Cooperation workforce and through the education, training, and institutional capacity building of partner nations; and to produce research, analysis, and lessons learned that expand the intellectual foundations of Security Cooperation.

Vision

DSCU strives to be the center of intellectual life for the Security Cooperation enterprise; we prepare a global network of professionals to achieve outcomes that enhance the security of the United States and its partners and allies.

Values

  • Academic Excellence: Commitment to personal, professional, and SC workforce innovation and growth through academics and integrity.
  • Accountability: Maintaining the highest integrity in meeting the highest standards of the DoD, Congress, and the US taxpayer at a reasonable cost.
  • Agility: Providing education, support, and relevant information in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Collaboration: Leveraging the knowledge of the SC community in order to develop valuable and timely SC academic curriculum.
  • Community: Dedication to building and upholding relationships within the SC community and adding value to the workforce
  • Diversity: Representation of varied experiences through faculty, staff, students, and curriculum content.

Faculty Spotlight

DSCU is especially proud of the quality and diversity of research, achievements, and scholarly work by DSCU’s faculty. DSCU faculty teammates are integral to DSCU being the center of intellectual life for the Security Cooperation enterprise.

Latest News

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DIILS Partners with Thailand

June 13, 2024

A Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) team recently traveled to Thailand to conduct a seminar on Human Rights and the Law of Armed Conflict with members of the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center.

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Civil Military Responses to Terrorism

June 13, 2024

We are proud to announce the successful culmination of the Civil-Military Responses to Terrorism course. This course gives those who drive and are responsive to domestic and international counter-terrorism efforts with tools to develop effective, integrated, and forward-looking measures that go beyond force alone to prevent, combat, and contain terrorism and build resilience to terroristic violence.

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DIILS Congratulates Air Commodore Pramono

June 10, 2024

Air Commodore Agus Pramono, a DIILS resident course alumnus, was recently posted as the Indonesian Air Force Chief of Legal Services.

DIILS Engages with El Salvador

DIILS Engages with El Salvador

June 7, 2024

A Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) team recently met with military members from El Salvador for a discussion on the law of armed conflict and international human rights law.

For more than 30 years, DIILS, located in Newport, Rhode Island, has been the lead U.S. Department of Defense Security Cooperation resource for global legal engagement with Partner Nation security sector institutions and personnel. As a component of the Defense Security Cooperation University, DIILS broad mission is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared security challenges in a responsible, accountable, and legally compliant manner.

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Institutional Capacity Building for Logistics

June 6, 2024

The Defense Security Cooperation University's Institute for Security Governance (ISG) recently concluded the resident course: Institutional Capacity Building for Logistics in Monterey, California. This course educates students from allied and partner nations (civilian ministerial level and senior military leaders) about the importance of increasing the professionalization of their logistics forces to better sustain defense and security force capabilities, from a public administration and civil-military relations perspective.

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DIILS Partners with Morocco

June 5, 2024

A team from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Morocco to meet with members of their military as part of an ongoing Security Cooperation program.

DSCU Co-Hosts FMS Symposium

DSCU Co-Hosts FMS Symposium

May 31, 2024

ARLINGTON, Va. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) and their co-host, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)), facilitated the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Symposium, held May 23-24, 2024, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Approximately 250 policymakers, scholars, practitioners, and defense industry professionals gathered to discuss key issues facing the security cooperation community.

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DSCU’s DSI Completes First SCO Refresher Course

May 31, 2024

The Defense Security Cooperation University’s new Defense Security Cooperation Organization Institute (DSI) hosted the inaugural Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) Operations Refresher Course in Arlington, Va. from May 13-17, 2024.

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DIILS Resident Course Graduation

May 31, 2024

Fifteen students graduated from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) 2024 Law of Military Operations course.

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ISG Lends Expertise to Support Key African Conventions

May 29, 2024

The Institute for Security Governance (ISG) recently sent a team of functional experts and regional advisors to support the second annual African Maritime Forces Summit (AMFS) and third Naval Infantry Leaders Symposium-Africa (NILS-A) in Accra, Ghana. Held in tandem in 2024 for the first time, AMFS and NILS-A provided a platform for over 350 government personnel and military leaders, representing 41 nations, and spanning four continents to expand maritime cooperation and coordination. The Ghana Navy, U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF), and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa (MARFORAF) served as hosts for these gatherings aimed at improving interoperability across domains and continents.

Cyber Policy DASD Eoyang Visits ISG

Cyber Policy DASD Eoyang Visits ISG

May 21, 2024

The Defense Security Cooperation University's Institute for Security Governance (ISG) recently hosted Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy, Ms. Mieke Eoyang, and her team at the Institute’s headquarters in Monterey, Cali., for a productive senior-level meeting. DASD Eoyang shared Department of Defense (DOD) priorities on building ally and partner defensive cyberspace capabilities and provided updates on DOD guidance documents shaping U.S. cyber policy and priorities.

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May On-Site

May 15, 2024

The Institute for Security Governance Team just wrapped up an action-packed, three-day, in-person on-site at its headquarters in Monterey, California. Drawing over 100 participants from across ISG’s mission, this bi-annual onsite aimed to strengthen the bond between personnel and the Institute; to foster stronger relationships among colleagues; and to achieve tangible process- and implementation-related improvements.

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DIILS Engages with Timor Leste

May 14, 2024

A team from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Timor Leste to meet with members of their military as part of an ongoing Security Cooperation program.

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DSCA Announces Launch of DSCU’s Young Institute

May 10, 2024

(Arlington, Virginia) – On April 29, 2024, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) officially launched the Brigadier General Charles Young Research, Analysis, and Lessons Learned Institute within the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU), one of five offices reporting to the Director of DSCA.

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Students from 13 Countries Attend SSCS International Partner Course

May 9, 2024

The Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU’s) School of Security Cooperation Studies (SSCS) conducted a resident International Partner Security Cooperation course at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, April 15 – May 3, 2024.

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DIILS Partners with Mexico

May 9, 2024

A team from the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Mexico to conduct a seminar on Human Rights and the Law of Armed Conflict with members of the Mexican military.

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Blaire Harms: Panelist at Africa Land Forces Summit (ALFS)

May 8, 2024

ISG Regional Program Lead Ms. Blaire Harms recently participated in the plenary session on Human Trafficking and Migration Impacts on Security hosted by the African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) in Livingstone, Zambia. During the session, Ms. Harms provided expertise on Women, Peace, and Security impacts related to human trafficking and migration to U.S., partner, and ally community members. ALFS 2024 brought together senior leaders from across Africa and other partner nations to solidify relationships, exchange information on current topics of mutual interest, and encourage cooperation in addressing challenges. Kudos to Blaire for contributing to this important forum.

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DSCU SCO Update: Graduation, DSI, and DSCS

May 7, 2024

The Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) is addressing legislative mandates, National Defense Strategy (NDS) initiatives, and the needs of Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) personnel.

FY25 Calendar

FY25 Calendar

May 6, 2024

ISG is pleased to announce the FY25 resident course schedule. Resident courses are primarily conducted at ISG headquarters in Monterey, California in an adult-learning style with breakout groups, interactive exercises, student-led presentations, and related approaches — providing adaptable, scalable, and tailored education programs across a wide array of functional areas to address U.S. and partner nation security objectives.

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International Defense Acquisition Negotiations

May 2, 2024

Congratulations to the latest cohort of International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM) "International Defense Acquisition Negotiations" graduates. This course focuses on planning for and negotiating complex issues related to international defense contracts. Particular emphasis is placed on the strategies, techniques, and characteristics of good negotiators.

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DIILS Congratulates Ms. Paula Gilevska, Republic of North Macedonia, on Her Appointment

May 2, 2024

Ms. Paula Gilevska was appointed to a diplomatic position to the Republic of North Macedonia’s Permission to the Office of Security Cooperation for Europe, United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna, Austria. Ms. Gilevska is in charge of the cyber security portfolio, cooperation with Asian partners and UNODC programs.

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SSCS Faculty Engages with NATO Professionals

April 25, 2024

A Mobile Training Team (MTT) from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU’s) School of Security Cooperation Studies (SSCS) recently conducted an International Partner Security Cooperation Finance and Logistics course in Capellen, Luxembourg.

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Dr. Whitney Grespin Published on Private Security Assistance Activity in the Horn of Africa

April 23, 2024

ISG Africa Regional Program Lead Dr. Whitney Grespin recently contributed a chapter on “Private Security Assistance Activity and Oversight in the Horn of Africa” to the policy brief series published by Addis Ababa University’s Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS).

Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief

Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief

April 22, 2024

We are proud to announce the successful culmination of the Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief course. This course develops a comprehensive understanding of how national governments organize and use their armed forces to support domestic and international disaster response operations. The course emphasizes cross-community understanding and communication skills that improve the ways that armed forces, government civilian agencies, and non- and inter-governmental organizations can work more effectively alongside one another in disaster relief.

Objectives include:
♦ Deepen their understanding of disaster response communities 
♦ Develop knowledge of national systems for coordinating disaster responses 
♦ Explore the methods used by the international community to support national governments during disaster response 
♦ Exercise their capacity to build trust, identify shared objectives, and promote collaboration 
♦ Explore emerging concepts and initiatives from various communities 
♦ Build cross-community professional networks

Students Complete DIILS Legal Aspects of Combating Terrorism Course

April 17, 2024

Twenty-one students graduated from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DIILS) 2024 Legal Aspects of Combating Terrorism course.

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Liberia’s First Female MINDEF – ISG Alum

April 17, 2024

Retired Brigadier General Geraldine Janet George, who was recently appointed as the new Acting Liberian Minister of Defense, is the first woman to serve in this role in the country’s history, making this appointment an historic step forward for the country and the continent.

BG George is also a graduate of several Institute for Security Governance (ISG) Resident & Mobile Education Training courses.