DSCU Presents Newest Course: Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response

Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response(CHMR) Practitioner Course students read scenario in preparation for a course of action group exercise December 7, 2023

Posted on: 12/20/2023

The Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) hosted 25 U.S. Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW) students at the National Capital Region campus December 4-8, 2023, for the first Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response (CHMR) Practitioner Course. The course was led by renowned CHMR practitioner and DSCU College of Strategic Security Cooperation faculty member, Ms. Sahr Muhammedally.

The CHMR practitioner-level course is designed for U.S. SCW professionals involved in security cooperation efforts. The students from the first iteration of the class represented the Joint Staff, Geographic Combatant Commands, military services, and several Defense Agencies.

Key CHMR related policies and requirement for security cooperation were taught via group exercise, vignettes, videos, case studies, guest speakers, and reading materials. A few of the dynamic guest speakers included experts from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, International Committee of the Red Cross, Center for Naval Analyses, the Irregular Warfare Initiative, and DSCU Institutional Capacity Building.

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. This includes bespoke CHMR training, education and advising for the U.S. SCW that spans the full spectrum of security cooperation programs and activities. As DSCU updates its new, innovate curriculum as part of Certification 2.0, key CHMR related policies and requirement for security cooperation professionals are being integrated across the Certification 2.0 curriculum.

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