Our Team

About Our Leadership

DSCU, a directorate of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), 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. DSCU leadership is a cross-functional team of Security Cooperation scholars and practitioners. DSCU principals work in concert to lead more than 470 DSCU personnel who plan, develop, and deliver Security Cooperation education, training, and advising in support of the National Defense Strategy (NDS) and America’s allies and partners. Click any photo to read the corresponding biography.
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About Our Faculty

The DSCU faculty consists of civilian personnel, and officers from the three military departments. All faculty members, regardless of specific assignment, are required to contribute to the overall educational aims of the entire university. In addition to classroom instruction, they may be charged with performing supporting roles, writing for publications or conducting research in response to the changes occurring in the field of security cooperation management.
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Dr. Celeste Ward Gventer

DSCU President

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Dr. Jason Fritz

Vice President

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COL Elizabeth F. Allen

Director, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies

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Dr. Robin L Bowman

Dean, College of Strategic Security Cooperation

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Saul Bracero

Deputy Assistant Director for Strategic Workforce Programs

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Isaac Eagan

Chief of Staff

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Dr. Howard "Hadd" Jones

Dean, School of Security Cooperation Studies

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Kareem Oweiss

Director for Research and Lessons Learned

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Steven Peterson

Deputy Assistant Director for Institutional Capacity Building

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Dr. Natalie J. Webb

Executive Director, Defense Resources Management Institute

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Ian Wexler

Director, Institute for Security Governance

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Gregory M. Arndt

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., National Security Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, 2008
  • Arabic Language Studies, Defense Language Institute, 2005
  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, 1999
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Denver, 1994
Campus: SSCS OH

Patrick J. Barry

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.S., Leadership Development, Wright State University, 2020
  • B.S., Business Management, University of Nevada, Reno, 2008
Campus: SSCS OH

David Bennett

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, 2007
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, Florida International University, 1997
Campus: SSCS OH

John Chere

Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Mangement
Instructor, Joint Special Operations University - Security Cooperation
  • US Army War College, 2006
  • US Army Command and General Staff College, 1998
  • Masters of International Affairs, Columbia University, 1991
  • B.A., University of California, 1982
Campus: SSCS OH

David C. Cutter

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • Executive Leadership Program, NATO Defense College Rome, 2010
  • M.B.A., Defense Finance, Conrat Scholar, Naval Posgraduate School, 2004
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1986
Campus: SSCS OH

Douglas Davids

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., Security Studies, Kansas State University, 2016
  • M.A., Liberal Arts with a concentration in International Studies, Louisiana State University, 2000
  • B.A., History, Purdue University, 1986
Campus: SSCS OH

Jeannette Dennis

Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • Financial Management Level III Certification, Defense Acquisition University, 2019
  • Squadron Officer School, Correspondence, Air University, 2013
  • Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM), American Society of Military Comptrollers, 2012
  • M.B.A, Wright State University, 2011
  • B.S., Accounting, Wright State University, 2010
Campus: SSCS OH

Jenifer Dinwiddie

Instructor, SCO Spouse Orientation
  • C.V.T. Certified Veterinarian Technician, D.E.I.V.A. 1999
Campus: SSCS OH

Nancy Donnelly-Ivy

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.S., International Affairs, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Medford, MA) May 2005
  • B.S., International Studies, Miami University (Oxford, OH), May 1982
Campus: SSCS OH

Carla Garay

Faculty Developer
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Nebraska
Campus: SSCS OH

Rosalind Greene

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.B.A, University of Phoenix, 2011
  • B.S., Business Management, Park University, 2003
Campus: SSCS OH

Walter Grissom

Department Chair (acting), Planning, Oversight, and Execution Management
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.B.A., George Mason University, 2014
  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2006
  • M.A., National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, 2003
  • B.S., Finance, University Nevada Reno, 1992
Campus: SSCS OH

Chea Hale-Hernandez (LCDR, USN)

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., Community Counseling, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, 2004
  • B.S., Sociology and Psychology, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, 1998
Campus: SSCS OH

James P. Hensley Jr.

Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • B.S., Management/Computer Information Systems, Park University, 2002
  • A.S., Computer Science, Community College of the Air Force, 1996
Campus: SSCS OH

Gregory Alan. Hester Jr.

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • B.A., Psychology CSU San Marcos. San Marcos, CA. 1999
  • M.A., National Security and Strategy Studies, USNWC, Newport, RI. 2015
  • African Culture and Politics, Accreditation, USNWC, Newport, RI. 2015
Campus: SSCS OH

Byron Hinrichsen

Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • DoD Acquisition Program Management Level II Certification, 2016
  • Certificate, Logistics & Technology (LOGTECH), University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, 2014
  • Air Command Staff College (cor), 2011
  • Certificate, Executive Supply Chain Management & Leadership, Wright State University, 2009
  • M.S., International Business, Troy University, 2004
  • B.S., Industrial Technology, Southern Illinois University, 2000
Campus: SSCS OH

Timothy Hodge

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.S., Strategic Studies, United States Army War College, 2012
  • M.S., Biology, Florida State University, 1995
  • B.S., Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1983
Campus: SSCS OH

Howard "Hadd" Jones

Dean, School of Security Cooperation Studies
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • PhD, Business History, John Hopkins University, 2000
  • B.S., Economics and History, USAF Academy, 1985
Campus: SSCS OH

Arpad Kisch

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., Military History, Norwich University, 2008
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Maryland, 1992
Campus: SSCS OH

Christopher M. Krolikowski

Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.S., Organizational Studies, Wright State University, 2019
  • Certificate, Instructional Design, Wright State University, 2017
  • M.B.A., International Business, Wright State University, 2005
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, 1999
Campus: SSCS OH

Tamara Lasky

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., Security Policy Studies, George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, 2010
  • B.A., Comparative Literature and Russian Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2002
Campus: SSCS OH

John Madsen

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • B.S., Business and Management, University of Maryland, 1997
  • M.B.A., Bellevue University, 2002
Campus: SSCS OH

Susan L. McClure

Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • Air Command and Staff College (res), 1996
  • M.P.A., Public Administration, University of Dayton, 1981
  • B.S., Education, University of Dayton, 1977
Campus: SSCS OH

Kelly Miller

Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • B.S., Management, Park University, 2015
  • A.A.S., Instructor of Technology and Military Science, Community College of the Air Force, 2002
  • A.A.S., Contracts Management, Community College of the Air Force, 2000
Campus: SSCS OH

Eric Mulleavey

DSAMS Instructor
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Digital Forensics - Troy University, 2020
Campus: SSCS OH

John O'Connor

Associate Professor of Security Cooperation
  • M.S., Information Systems (Distinguished Graduate), Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), 1991
  • Naval Aviator, Naval Air Training Command, 1981
  • B.S., Resources Management (Distinguished Graduate), U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), 1980
Campus: SSCS OH

Tamara Phillips

Associate Dean, Operations
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., Leadership and Management, Liberty University, 2014
  • B.S., Organizational Leadership, Wilberforce University, 2000
  • A.A.S., Information Management, Community College of the Air Force, 1998
Campus: SSCS OH

Kimberly Polston

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 2010
  • M.S., Nursing, University of Missouri-St Louis, 2006
  • Squadron Officer School (in-residence), Air University, 2003
  • B.S., Nursing, University of Evansville, 1996
Campus: SSCS OH

Aaron M. Prince

Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.S., Administration, Central Michigan University, 2010
  • B.A., Marketing, Miami University, 1990
Campus: SSCS OH

Erik Rangel (CDR, USN)

Department Chair, Enterprise
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, 2011
  • B.S.B.A., Operations Management, University of Arizona, 2000
  • JPME 1, U.S. Naval War College, 2010
Campus: SSCS OH

Barbara Salera

Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Washington State University, June 2013
Campus: SSCS OH

Jamie Schackmann

Instructor of Security Cooperation
  • M.A., Military Strategy - Joint Warfare, Air Command and Staff College, 2021
  • B.A., Accounting and Financial Mangement, Franklin University, 2011
Campus: SSCS OH

Beth Schubert

Instructor, SCO Spouse Orientation
  • M.A., Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, 2003
  • B.S., History, Dartmouth College, 1999
  • A.A., Spanish Language Studies, Defense Language Institute, 2005
Campus: SSCS OH

Roger A. Scott

Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., Human Resources Development, Webster University, 1992
  • B.S., Communications (Journalism Emphasis), University of Southern Indiana, 1987
  • Air War College by correspondence, U.S. Air Force War College, 2010
  • Assistant Professor, Indiana University, 2000-2003 and 2006-2008
  • Business Communication Certificate, Duke University, 2015
  • Advanced Specialized Certificate in Intercultural Management, University of Notre Dame, 2014
Campus: SSCS OH

Jason Siler (LTC, USA)

Department Chair, Security Cooperation Office/Officer (SCO)
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2015
  • M.A., International Public Policy, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington D.C., 2014
  • A.A., Russian Language Studies, Defense Language Institute, 2010
  • B.A., History and Political Science, Seattle Pacific University, 2004
Campus: SSCS OH

Douglas Simmons

Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • Bachelor of Science and Administration, Wright State University, 1986
  • Masters of Science and Administration, Central Michigan University, 1992
Campus: SSCS OH

Charnay Smith

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • Master of Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan 2013
  • Bachelor of Science and Health service Administration, Wilberforce University 2011
Campus: SSCS OH

Monica Sollmann

Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.P.A., Public Administration, University of Dayton, 2000
  • Air Command & Staff College, 1998
  • B.A., Organizational Communications, Wright State University, 1983
Campus: SSCS OH

Daniel Stoica (CDR USN)

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., Diplomacy, Norwich University, 2013
  • B.A., Communication - Journalism, University of Washington, 2005
  • A.S., Professional Aeronautics, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 2001
  • A.A., Spanish Language, Defense Language Institute, 2014
  • JPME 1, Uruguayan Naval War College, 2017
Campus: SSCS OH

Michael F. Tedesco

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, US Naval War College (Newport, RI)
  • M.A., Computer Resources & Info Mgmnt, Webster University (St Louis, MO)
  • B.A., Political Science/French, Berry College (Rome, GA)
  • Graduate (SC-105), NATO Defense College Senior Service School (Rome, IT)
  • Certifcat Moyen; Language, Civilization, & Fine Arts, University of Paris, FRA (Sorbonne)
Campus: SSCS OH

Tanya Tercero

Assistant Dean, Operations
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona, 2020
  • M.A., English Language and Linguistics, University of Arizona, 2010
  • B.A., Spanish and Russian, University of Arizona, 1993
Campus: SSCS OH

Timothy Walker

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • Life Cycle Logistics, Level III Certification, Defense Acquisition University, 2018
  • M.B.A., Financial Management, Naval Postgraduate School, 2013
  • Naval War College, JPME I, 2013
  • B.S., Business Management, Maranatha Baptist University, 2003
Campus: SSCS OH

Douglas Weaver

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • Professor, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, WV, 1995-2013 (Retired)
  • Graduate Certificate, French Language, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
  • M.R.E., Education, Grand Rapids Seminary
  • B.A., Cedarville University
Campus: SSCS OH

Rolfe White

Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.H.A.,University of Missouri, 2018;
  • B.S., Legal Studies, William Woods University, 2015;
  • M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2008
  • Defense Language Instute, Basic Spanish, 2003
  • JPME Phase II, U.S. Joint Forces Staff College, 2003
  • JPME Phase I, U.S. Naval War College, 2002
  • M.P.A., California State University Northridge, 1998
  • B.A., Communications, University of Central Florida, 1976
Campus: SSCS OH

Jeff Yago

DSAMS Instructor
  • B.A., Speech Communication, George Mason University (GMU), 1996
  • A.S., Education, J. Sargeant Reynolds C.C. (JSRCC), 1993
Campus: SSCS OH

John J. Zavage

Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
  • M.A., Strategic Studies, U.S. Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL, 2017
  • M.A., Regional Studies Middle East, Harvard University, 2013
  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Belvoir, VA, 2008
  • B.S., Political Science, United States Military Academy, 1994
  • A.A., Arabic Language Studies, Defense Language Institute, 2006
Campus: SSCS OH