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DOD Launches Security Cooperation Certification Program

Jan. 2, 2020

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency yesterday launched the Department of Defense Security Cooperation Workforce Certification Program for civilian and military members of the security cooperation workforce.

''We are proud to elevate security cooperation as a profession through the new Security Cooperation Workforce Certification Program,'' DSCA Director Army Lt. Gen. Charles W. Hooper said.

Security cooperation is the effort to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. That effort involves, among other things, building and maintaining military-to-military relationships, combined training efforts, and foreign military sales.

Sailors drive a small boat toward a beach.
Training Cooperation
Dutch soldiers participate in the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School’s Patrol Craft Advanced Training tactical course at the John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., Dec. 10, 2019. NAVSCIATTS is a security cooperation schoolhouse operating under U.S. Special Operations Command in support of foreign security assistance and geographic combatant commanders' theater security cooperation priorities.
Photo By: Michael Williams, Navy
VIRIN: 191203-N-ZM469-0922

''We will provide our workforce the education and training they need to help the DOD strengthen alliances and build partnerships using our security cooperation toolkit,'' Hooper said. ''As the program matures, we look forward to offering DOD professionals new career path opportunities in the important field of security cooperation.''

The Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act directed DSCA to create a professional workforce development program and career paths for the thousands of DOD civilian and military employees supporting security cooperation programs and activities.

A sailor in camouflage climbs a ladder while sailors in blue uniforms watch from the deck below.
Ladder Climb
Navy Lt. Robert Manzueta demonstrates a defensive ladder-climbing technique during a visit, board, search and seizure workshop with Bruneian troops and police officers in Muara, Brunei, Oct. 28, 2019. The workshop was part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Brunei, a multinational exercise designed to enhance U.S. and partner navies' abilities to operate together in response to traditional and nontraditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza
VIRIN: 191028-N-FV739-0304

In addition to developing the certification program, DSCA opened the new Defense Security Cooperation University in September 2019. With campuses in Arlington, Virginia, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, the university provides training and serves as a center of excellence for security cooperation education and training across the DOD.

Click here for more information on the Security Cooperation Workforce Certification Program.