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Directorate of Administration & Management (DA&M)

The Directorate of Administration and Management (DA&M) is responsible for providing comprehensive human capital (Civilian and Military), security, logistics, facilities management, and administrative support to DSCA’s operational components including: management of the DSCA Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program; the internal work-flow and processes of the civilian staff directly supporting the Director, Deputy Director, and their military/civilian assistants; and the enterprise-wide management of the Agency Executive Secretariat.


Building Partner Capacity (BPC) Directorate

The Building Partner Capacity (BPC) Directorate is the focal point within DSCA for planning, execution and management, and oversight of numerous Title 10 Security Cooperation (SC) programs.  Collectively, the BPC team is committed to the planning and execution of programs supporting the full spectrum of capabilities that security cooperation endeavors to deliver.


Directorate of Business Operations (DBO)

The Directorate of Business Operations (DBO) manages all DSCA financial operations including policy, acquisition, and reporting. DBO manages financial aspects of the Foreign Military Sales program and Foreign Military Sales Trust Fund, to include the Foreign Military Financing Program. Additionally, DBO oversees programming, budgeting, financial execution, and reporting for a variety of security cooperation programs. DBO also manages DSCA’s Humanitarian Assistance programs to include Disaster Relief operations and Mine Action programs of the Humanitarian Demining Training Center at Fort Lee, Virginia.



Chief Performance Office (CPO)

The Chief Performance Office (CPO) enables and improves the efficiency and effectiveness of this organization - performance at every level must be tracked and analyzed.  The CPO measures, evaluates, and recommends/enables improvements to the overall performance of the Security Cooperation Community (SCC).  This includes processes associated with planning, management, operations, and execution activities in support of Security Cooperation (SC) goals and objectives.  CPO's span of influence includes not only DSCA, but also its subordinate components and elements within the Department of Defense who are directly responsible for the management and/or execution of Security Cooperation (SC) programs or the policies that impact those programs.  CPO uses a variety of techniques and programs to achieve its mission to include development, implementation and monitoring of Internal Controls; Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) initiatives; Audit Liaison and Tracking; and periodic data mining and analysis of targeted FMS processes.


Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) comprises seven personnel, including civilian attorneys, judge advocates, and paralegals.  The OGC provides legal opinions and advisory counsel to the DSCA Director and Deputy Director, as well as, DSCA staff on all aspects of Agency functions, to include constitutional and statutory interpretations, fiscal law, personnel law (including equal employment opportunity), standards of conduct, post-employment briefings, and general procurement issues.  The OGC is also the Agency POC for the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, Mandatory Declassification and Security Review. Send us an email



Directorate of Information Management & Technology (IM&T)

The Directorate of Information Management & Technology (IM&T) manages a portfolio of IT mission systems and services to efficiently enable the DSCA mission for the Security Cooperation (SC) community as outlined in the DSCA Vision 2020 document. IM&T is working towards integrating the SC community with streamlined mission systems and information sharing practices to provide a near real-time view of enterprise community activities, to facilitate organizational learning, to enable strategic decision making, and efficiently allocate IT resources to successfully support the mission.

IM&T’s organizational structure is aligned by function and highlights IM&T services such as customer and requirements management, portfolio management, application development and support, help desk support, and partner relationship management. IM&T introduced its new organizational structure in 2016, showing a commitment to modernizing their approach, which is critical to improving support for the DSCA mission. By redefining IT roles and aligning them with strategic drivers, IM&T will better understand customer and partner priorities, identify gaps in customer requirements, and plan resources effectively.

IM&T is comprised of the Information Technology Policy and Planning Division (IT/PPD), Business Services Division (BSD), and Enterprise Application Development and Support Division (EADSD).



Integrated Regional Teams (IRT)

The IRTs provide a construct for DSCA to: adapt and flexibly respond to multiple "demand signals" that come from defense priorities and customer expectations; embed more routinized communication across the Agency to develop and synchronize responses in a cohesive, effective, and efficient manner; and increase the accountability of its workforce and those that use DSCA-administered resources.


Directorate of Security Assistance (DSA)

The Directorate of Security Assistance and Equipping (SA&E) provides policy oversight, guidance, planning, coordination, and direction for the execution of and improvements to security assistance and equipping programs. SA&E programs include sale, lease, excess defense articles, Title 10 and Title 22 equipping programs, and drawdown of defense articles and services to foreign governments. SA&E integrates programs into solutions that contribute to the accomplishment of national security objectives. These programs are designed to advance partner nation capacity and capabilities through the provision of training, and defense articles and services; and to accomplish national security objectives through military-civilian engagement.



Directorate of Strategy (STR)

The Directorate of Strategy (STR) develops and disseminates Security Cooperation (SC) policy to the SC community and identifies trends, issues, and resource requirements to meet future challenges and lead transformation.  STR is the DSCA Director's eyes into the future and the problem solvers who bring wide ranging elements of the community together to create innovative solutions to complex problems.



Security Cooperation Workforce Development Directorate (WDD)

The Security Cooperation Workforce Development Directorate (WDD) is responsible for Security Cooperation Enterprise-wide planning, integration, resource development and execution of the Department of Defense Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program administered by the DSCA. The Directorate develops goals and objectives required to integrate competency based SC training and education, skills improvement, training certification tracking, career path development, and workforce management of key billets within the over 18,000 global civilian and military personnel comprising the DoD security cooperation workforce. The Directorate also provides training and education to the SC workforce through the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS) and serves as DSCA’s focal point for the review and approval of all DISCS curricula, course schedules, and the Institute’s operating budget.



Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS)

The Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS) has the mission to educate the Security Cooperation Workforce, enabling the development and execution of innovative Security Cooperation solutions that support mutual U.S. and partner interests. DISCS offers a range of resident, mobile, and online courses, and learning tools for personnel performing security cooperation functions in the DoD and other U.S. government agencies, as well as the U.S. defense industry, and partner countries and organizations. DISCS offers resident courses at the DISCS main campus at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, with selected course offerings also available in the National Capital Region. Core SC subjects such as the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process and Building Partner Capacities (BPC) are included in the DISCS curriculum, as well as Technology Transfer (International Program Security Requirements), the Missile Technology Control Regime, and other related subjects. DISCS is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, and offers courses with recommended college credit through the American Council on Education.



Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS)

The Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) is the lead U.S. defense security cooperation resource for professional legal education, training, and democratic rule of law programs for international military and related civilians, globally. DIILS conducts mobile education and training, resident courses, and other engagement programs to foster the rule of law, including equitable and accountable security and justice sectors, civilian control of the military, and democratic governance.



Regional Centers

DoD Regional Centers are institutions that build partner capacity by addressing regional and global security issues with strategic level military and civilian leaders through courses, seminars, workshops, research and dynamic outreach in an educational environment.

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (GCMC) - Garmisch, Germany, est. 1993 
Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) - Honolulu, Hawaii, est. 1995 
William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (WJPC) - Washington, D.C., est. 1997 
Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) - Washington, D.C., est. 1999
Near East-South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) - Washington, D.C., est. 2000