Our faculty and staff continue to work hard to train and educate the Security Cooperation enterprise to ensure it meets the
Nation’s needs. As our workforce and mission evolve, so does the quantity and quality of resident and non-resident programs offered to
meet our community’s mission requirements.
To help DSCU provide the high-quality training and education that the enterprise demands, we maintain institutional accreditation through
the Council on Occupational Education (COE), which provides the standards and criteria most appropriate to DSCU’s mission and the
professional development needs of the workforce. Through its standards, COE assures “quality and integrity in the career and technical
education” of its members in a student-focused process that aligns the University’s activities with workforce demands.
We were first awarded accreditation by COE in 2001 and were reaffirmed in 2007, 2013 and 2019, each time for the maximum possible 6 years.
Our next reaffirmation is scheduled for 2025.
Council On Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone: 770-396-3898, FAX: 770-396-3790
DSCU NCR (National Capital Region)
The Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) NCR is located in the National Capital Region and conducts executive level education, senior
tutorials as well as courses that benefit the Security Cooperation workforce in the NCR, by leveraging its proximity to DOD and U.S. government senior leaders.
2800 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-2800
Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS), NAVSTA Newport, Rhode Island
DIILS is a Defense Department organization that plans and executes professional legal education and international engagement focused on human rights,
international humanitarian law, and the law of armed conflict. DIILS is a component of the Defense Security
Cooperation University (DSCU) and directly supports the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA)
mission of advancing US national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign
security forces to respond to shared challenges.
441 Elliot Avenue, Newport, RI 02841-1531
The Institute for Security Governance (ISG), NSA Monterey, California
Established in April 2019, ISG is a component of the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) and
directly supports the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) mission of advancing US national
security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to
shared challenges. As the Department of Defense’s lead implementer for Institutional Capacity Building (ICB)
internationally and within the US, ISG's mission and vision are to further align ICB innovation, leadership,
and objectives to maximize DSCA's capacity and flexibility to execute its mission as mandated by Congress
and the Secretary of Defense.
Naval Support Activity Monterey
1635 Cunningham Road (Bldg. 259), Monterey, CA 93943-5011
School of Security Cooperation Studies Ohio (SSCS-OH), WPAFB, Ohio
The School of Security Cooperation Studies (SSCS) is a component element of the Defense Security Cooperation
University (DSCU) and is responsible for training and educating the Security Cooperation Workforce. SSCS professionalizes
the Security Cooperation (SC) enterprise by providing certification courses and professional development to a diverse audience
of U.S. and international military and civilian students. SSCS directly supports the Defense Security Cooperation
Agency's (DSCA) mission of advancing US national security and foreign policy by enabling the SC workforce and building the capacity
of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. Core functional areas include Security Cooperation Case Life Cycle
Management, Sustainment, and Acquisition, SC Security Cooperation Officer training, SC Planning, Oversight and Execution,
International Programs, Execution Support, Executive Education, and Defense Advisor training.
2475 K. Street, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433-7641
To meet the requirements of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Secretary of Defense directed DSCA to establish the
Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program and lead the Department’s education, training, and certification program per 10 USC,
Section §384. In September 2019, DSCA established DSCU to support its requirement to train, certify, and provide for the long-term
development of the security cooperation workforce at home and abroad. DSCU’s role was further expanded in April 2021 when the Institute
for Security Governance (ISG), Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS), and other international training and education
programs, were brought under its umbrella, thus broadening the scope of the university to include program implementation.
Congress provided clear direction regarding the purpose of DSCU, which is listed in Section 384 of Title 10 and the Joint Explanatory
Statement of the 2017 NDAA.
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.
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.
- 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
Defense Acquisition University (DAU)
DAU is a modern learning platform delivering continuous learning and support tailored to the needs of the
Defense Acquisition Workforce. Everything we do at DAU is for you, the acquisition professional — including
formal courses in-person and online, events and workshops, job support tools, consulting and more. As your
learning partner, we will be with you in the classroom, online, and in your workplace — whenever and
wherever you need us. All of our learning assets are meant to help you develop and manage acquisition
programs, projects, and systems that continue to make our nation's warfighters the best-equipped armed
forces in the world.
The shield, swords, and grid-lined globe are derived from the seal of the Defense Security Cooperation
Agency (DSCA), Defense Security Cooperation University’s parent agency. These elements represent
DSCA’s motto, “SECURITY THROUGH GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS.” The two swords come together to
represent strength through Cooperation among the Department of Defense’s academic institutions.
These institutions provide a robust learning environment to address the core needs of a professional
Security Cooperation workforce. The lamp of knowledge, with its eternal flame, symbolizes the enduring
value of the pursuit of knowledge while the laurel wreath signifies triumph in the achievement of academic
DSCU Support Requests
DSCU endeavors to support events across the DoD Security Cooperation community. Please click the button below to complete
the online form to request the support of a DSCU faculty member. DSCU faculty actively supports requests to teach, facilitate, present, or provide
subject matter expertise on SC-related topics or systems either in person or virtually. DSCU faculty members may support conferences, workshops,
panel discussions, and education or training events.
Please use the contact information below if you have questions about the program or would like to verify the receipt of, or check the status of, a submitted request.