Our faculty and staff continue to work hard to provide the learning assets required by the Security Cooperation (SC) Community along with personnel from other U.S. governmental departments, U.S. industry, and partner countries. As the community grows, so does the quantity and quality of resident and non-resident programs offered to meet the varied education and training requirements dealing with SC and international programs. We continue to ensure the effectiveness of our products through high level dialogue with SC Community leadership and the Community at large through venues including its annual Curriculum Review and student feedback mechanisms.

We were selected by and maintain our accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education (COE) because the standards and criteria established by COE correspond with the Institute’s training mission and SC Community development missions. COE also continues to adapt its accreditation standards to maintain the quality of its affiliated institutions to the growing non-resident/online capabilities within the education and training arena. This along with the other standards enforced within COE accreditation assist us in ensuring our quality and assisting in the improvement of our programs.

We were first awarded accreditation by the COE in 2001 and were reaffirmed in 2007, 2013 and 2019, each time for the maximum possible 6 years. The next reaffirmation is scheduled for 2025.

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7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone: 770-396-3898, FAX: 770-396-3790

Campus Info

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DSCU NCR (National Capitol Region)

The Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) NCR is located in the National Capitol 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.
Commercial Telephone: 703-697-9613
Mailing Address: Crystal Gateway II (CG2), 1225 South Clark Street 3rd Floor Suite 301, Arlington, VA 22202

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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.
Commercial Telephone:401-841-6000
Mailing Address: 441 Elliot Avenue, Newport, RI 02841-1531

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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.
Commercial Telephone:+1 831.656.3171
Mailing Address: Naval Support Activity Monterey
1635 Cunningham Road (Bldg. 259), Monterey, CA 93943-5011
FAX:+1 831.656.3351

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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.
Commercial Telephone: 937-713-3300
Mailing Address: 2475 K. Street, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433-7641


Established by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in response to 2017 legislation, DSCU is the center of excellence for Security Cooperation training, education, and academic research. DSCU develops curriculum, provides instruction, and partners with other institutions to train and educate the Security Cooperation workforce and others involved in Security Cooperation. DSCU also oversees and manages the implementation of the Department of Defense Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program to develop an agile, certified, and experienced workforce ready to meet the current and future global Security Cooperation missions.

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 delivers the education, training, research, and analysis to the U.S. Security Cooperation Workforce and the institutional capacity building to our allies and partners to meet the current and future global security cooperation mission.


DSCU is the indispensable institution for security cooperation education, training, research, and institutional capacity building that is universally recognized as the center of intellectual life for the Security Cooperation Community.


  • 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.


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.

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Seal Symbolism


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 excellence.