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.

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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 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.
Commercial Telephone: 703-697-9613
Mailing Address: 2800 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-2800

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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


To meet the requirements of the Fiscal Year (FY) 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 §384. In September 2019, DSCA established DSCU and added the School of Security Cooperation Studies (SSCS) as a DSCU component to support the DSCA 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. In FY2023, in response to the National Defense Strategy Implementation plan, DSCU established the foundation of the Defense Security Cooperation Service (DSCS); developed the Research, Analysis, and Lessons Learned Institute; and launched Security Cooperation Certification 2.0. It also established the College of Strategic Security Cooperation and welcomed the Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) as the fifth DSCU component.

Section 1204 of the FY 2024 NDAA provided critical updates to 10 USC §384, including enshrining DSCU in law. Further, it mandated important refinements to the way the Department organizes, manages, and educates the SC Workforce. Among these reforms was the formal establishment of the DSCS and a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Center of Excellence, as well as the development of a Human Capital Initiative to meet the needs of the workforce and a grants framework to enable research in the realm of Security Cooperation. In response to this landmark legislation, DSCU is refining the training and education of the Security Cooperation Workforce; transforming the way personnel performing Security Cooperation duties in U.S. embassies worldwide are organized and managed; and building robust scholarship and lessons learned capabilities to inform the theory and practice of Security Cooperation. Additionally, DSCU is now charged with the management and implementation of international military training and education Security Cooperation programs and authorities executed by the DOD; management and provision of Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) services executed by the DOD; and advancement of the profession of Security Cooperation through research, data collection, analysis, publication, and learning.


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 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.

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.

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