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Security Cooperation

DoD Security Cooperation is defined in Joint Pub 1-02: All DoD interactions with foreign defense establishments to build defense relationships that promote specific US security interests, develop allied and friendly military capabilities for self-defense and multinational operations, and provide US forces with peacetime and contingency access to a host nation.  DoD Directive 5132.03 provides DoD-wide policy and describes DoD organizational responsibilities regarding Security Cooperation activities.

DoD Security Cooperation includes International Armaments Cooperation (IAC) activities as well as the various elements of Security Assistance, including Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Building Partner Capacity (BPC).  Most DoD Security Cooperation policy, organization, and activities (other than IAC) are led and managed by USD(Policy) rather than USD(Acquisition & Sustainment) and USD(Research & Engineering), but many U.S. Government/DoD Security Cooperation activities are implemented through USD(A&S), USD(R&E), and DoD Component acquisition-related IA&E efforts. 

The primary source of day-to-day guidance on Security Assistance and BPC policies and practices is the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)-issued Security Assistance Management Manual (eSAMM).  FMS transactions are implemented through FMS Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOAs), often referred to as "FMS cases."  BPC transactions are normally referred to as "pseudo-FMS cases".  

DAU Job Support Tools (JSTs)

The DAU/Defense Systems Management College-International (DSMC-I) faculty has developed four JSTs that are specifically designed to assist Program Management Offices (PMOs) and their supporting Integrated Product Team (IPT) personnel in the identification, assessment, development, negotiation, and implementation of Security Cooperation-related defense acquisition workforce efforts:

- Our International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) Assessment JST and companion Acquisition Strategy – International Considerations JST focus on PMO/IPT level IAC, Security Assistance (FMS), and BPC-related planning and implementation efforts.

- Our International Cooperative Program (ICP) JST provides practical advice on how to identify IAC opportunities and establish/implement DoD Component ICPs from a PMO/IPT perspective.

- Our FMS - Systems Acquisition JST provides practical advice on how to integrate FMS systems acquisition-related activities at the PMO/IPT level.

- Our International Business Planning JST addresses PMO/IPT-level Security Cooperation planning and implementation considerations for programs with substantial ongoing/anticipated Sales and Transfers-related activity.

Performance Learning Support

Upon request, DSMC-International is also available to provide Mission Assistance support on a space-available basis to DoD Component International Program Organizations (IPOs) and PMOs/IPTs involved in Sales and Transfers efforts.  DAU does not charge DoD Components for faculty and staff time spent on Mission Assistance support efforts; it only asks that the organization requesting the assistance fund any travel or other incidental costs involved.  Contact DSMC-I at the following e-mail address -- InternationalHelp@dau.mil -- if your organization is interested in obtaining Sales and Transfers-related Mission Assistance support.


  
  
  
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TSFD Pipes Chart (.pdf version).pdfTSFD Pipes Chart (Aug 2020 Revision)
  
Revised version Department of Defense (DoD) Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) 'Pipes' chart which graphically displays key U.S. Government and DoD TSFD processes.  This updated version adds the Military Intelligence Disclosure Policy (MIDP) process, highlights those TSFD processes that have Interagency and Title 50 Intelligence Community involvement, and shows the respective "pipe" responsibilites of the new USD/Acquisition & Sustainment (A&S) and USD/Research & Engineering organizations
8/19/2020 10:45 PMReference
DSCA Memo Pre-LOA Acq Planning Activities (Aug 19).pdfFMS Acq Planning Activities -- DSCA Policy Memo 19-10 (Jul 19)
  
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) published Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Acquisition Planning Activities Policy Memo 19-10 (SAMM E-Change 386) on July 31, 2019.

E-Change 386 updates Chapter 6 of the Security Assistance Management Manual (SAMM) to allow DoD Component FMS Implementing Agencies (IAs) to conduct certain FMS Administrative Surcharge-funded acquisition planning activities after offering an LOA, rather than waiting until the LOA is implemented in certain circumstances.
8/29/2019 3:41 PMReference
(L04) Policy Update Overview 05032019.pptxACQ 380 IA&E Policy Update (Jun 19)
  
This ACQ 380 International Acquisition & Exportability (IA&E) Policy Update provides a comprehensive overview of recent changes to U.S. Government/DoD laws, regulations, and policies that affect the DoD International Acquisition Career Path (IACP) and USG Security Cooperation communities.
6/26/2019 9:04 AMLearning Material
FY 2020 NDAA Section 861 Excerpts (DSMC-I Kenlon) 12-29-19.pdfFY 2020 NDAA Section 861 (DAW) Excerpts (Dec 19)
  
This Section 861 excerpt from the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act contains provisions on Defense Acquisition Workforce Certification, Education, and Career Field modifications enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President.
12/29/2019 10:02 PMReference
Certification Guidelines_final_Dec2019.pdfDoD Security Coop Workforce Cert Program Guidelines (Dec 19)
  
These DoD Security Cooperation Workforce Certification Program (SCWCP) Implementation Guidelines (21 pages), which are attached to the DSCA Memo of Dec 23, 2019 on this subject, describe the SCWCP and how it will be implemented by within DoD.  It is a follow-up to the “DoD Final Guidance for the Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program,” which was signed on February 18, 2018.

This Certification Program, a mandatory element of the DoD Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW) Development Program (SCW), will help ensure that DoD personnel assigned to identified positions in the SCW have the training and experience necessary to carry out their responsibilities more effectively.  Implementation of the SCWCP begins on January 1, 2020.
12/27/2019 10:44 PMReference
Memo for Certification Program Implementation 23 Dec 19.pdfMemo - DoD Security Coop Workforce Cert Program (Dec 19)
  
LTG Hooper, Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), signed out this Memorandum establishing the DoD Security Cooperation Workforce Certification Program (SCWCP) on December 23, 2019.

This Certification Program implements a required element of the Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP) prescribed by 10 U.S.C. 384 which was enacted FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act.  Implementation will begin on January 1, 2020. 
12/27/2019 10:28 PMReference
DAU ICD Tool -- JROCM 025-19 Learning Content (Jun 19).pdfDAU ICD Tool -- Building Exportability Micro Lesson Chart (Sep 19)
  
This chart -- which is included in the DAU ICD Tool, Section 1 Operational Context Micro Lesson -- provides recommendations on how to address JROCM 025-19 Building Exportability guidance in JCIDS Initial Capabilities Documents (ICDs) for new DoD acquisition programs.

Visit the DAU.mil Requirements Management Community of Practice (RM COP) to access the tool or click on/paste in the following URL

https://www.dau.edu/cop/rqmt/Pages/RM-Tools,-Guide,-and-Videos.aspx
11/7/2019 10:12 AMLearning Material
ACQ101 Fund of SysAcqMgmt Lesson Summary Sep 19.pdfACQ 101 Systems Acq Mgmt IA&E Summary (Sep 19)
  
DAU's ACQ 101 Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition online course contains a short, introductory lesson on DoD International Acquisition & Exportability (IA&E). 

This document summarizes the key aspects of this lesson, including a description of the six key interrelated functional areas that comprise DoD's IA&E framework, and how DoD IA&E efforts relate to overall DoD/U.S. Government Security Cooperation activities with allied/friendly nations and international organizations.
10/25/2019 4:28 PMLearning Material
DAU DSMC-I Lunch and Learn (pdf) - 8-9-19 Final.pdfDAU Lunch & Learn -- IA&E Hot Topics (Aug 2019)
  
This Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Defense Systems Management College (DSMC)-Int'l presentation was broadcast as a Webinar on August 7, 2019.  It covers a wide variety of DoD International Acquisition & Exportability Hot Topics of interest to the Defense Acquisition Workforce as well as DoD International Acquisition Career Path and Security Cooperation Workforce members.
9/3/2019 4:44 PMPresentation
DoD Int’l Acquisition Transactions -- DAU Overview (Aug 19) FINAL.pdfDAU Int'l Acquisition Transactions Overview (Aug 19)
  
This Defense Acquisition University (DAU) presentation provides an overview of the primary types or forms of DoD international acquisition transactions that are established with allied/friendly nations and international organizations.
9/1/2019 8:56 PMPresentation
State Dept ITAR 126.4 REV -- 4-19-19.pdfState Department ITAR 126.4 Exemption Revision (Apr 19)
  
The State Department published a long-awaited International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) 126.4 revision in the Federal Register on April 19. 2019.

The previous version ITAR 126.4 was most often used as a DoD International Cooperative Program (ICP) ITAR exemption based on the DoD ITAR Exemption Guidelines issued by the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) in 2004/2007 (Note:  these DTSA ITAR Exemption Guidelines memos are available on this ICOP website.)

In addition to updating and clarifying several areas regarding use of ITAR 126.4 for ICP-related ITAR exemptions, the revised version of ITAR 126.4 also addresses non-FMS Security Cooperation efforts as well as the U.S. Government Customer and Border Protection (CBP) reporting requirements for the use of this exemption.

Consult your DoD Component International Program Organization (IPO) or local Foreign Disclosure Officer (FDO) regarding potential use of the revised ITAR 126.4 provisions in support of your Int'l Acquisition program's implementation.


4/25/2019 10:41 AMReference
International_Acquisition Taxonomy Input - FINAL - 12-5-18 (DSMC-I) (Clean).xlsxDAU Int'l Acquisition & Exportability (IA&E) Taxonomy (Dec 18)
  
DAU (DSMC-Int'l)  was asked to develop an IA&E Taxonomy as part of an overall DAU effort to improve the organization and searchability of all DAU.mil websites.

This MS Excel SS IA&E Taxonomy contains four levels of IA&E terms and definitions based on DoDI 5000.02 and DAG IA&E provisions.  Both the source document(s) for each IA&E term -- and a 'short form' definition for each term -- are included in the Taxonomy.   
12/28/2018 11:02 AMReference
Conventional Arms Transfer Policy Implementation Plan Update (Nov 18).aspxUSG Conventional Arms Transfer Policy (CAT) Implementation Plan Update (Nov 18)
  
The USG CAT Policy Implementation Plan addresses the increasingly competitive global arms sales environment described in the National Security Strategy, and seeks to modernize the U.S. Government’s policies and processes regarding arms transfers.

This updated Dept of State Fact Sheet describes three ongoing CAT Policy Implementation Plan Lines of Effort (LOE) designed to achieve USG CAT Policy goals. Each LOE is supported by a number of tasks that are currently being pursued by the relevant U.S. Government agencies, including USD(A&S), USD(R&E) and the Defense Acquisition Workforce.
11/9/2018 2:15 PMReport
DFARS Final Rule on TINA Exemption for FMS Offset Costs 2018-14045 (6-29-18).pdfDFARS Final Rule on TINA Exemption for FMS Indirect Offsets (Jun 18)
  
The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS) Final Rule that exempts Foreign Military Sales (FMS) from the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) requirements in U.S. law was published on June 29, 2018 in the Federal Register.
7/17/2018 6:19 PMReference
USA001568-18-DPAP (Class Deviation FMS KR Type) - Jun 18.pdfSection 830 FMS Firm Fixed Price Contracting - Class Deviation - DPAP (Jun 18)
  
This Office of SecDef/Acquisition & Sustainment/Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy (DPAP) Memo of June 28, 2018 provides guidance to the DoD acquisition workforce on the implementation of Section 830 of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) regarding Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contracting.

This DPAP Memo authorizes deviations from the Section 830 FMS FFP contracting guidance in two circumstances:

1) The FMS customer nation requests use of a different contract type in writing (which, in normal practice, would most likely be included in the FMS Letter of Request (LOR)).

2) It would be in the best interest of the U.S. and U.S. taxpayers as determined by the "Chief of the Contracting Office" based this DPAP Memo and DFARS PGI 216.403-l(l)(ii)(B) (e.g.., in situations where U.S. and FMS contracting requirements are being combined in a U.S. contracting action using contract type other than FFP to achieve optimal performance, cost, or schedule outcomes for the U.S.)  OSD/A&S/DPAP staff has confirmed that the "Chiefs" of local commands' Contracting Offices within the DoD Components (e.g., the various Army, Navy, and AF acquisition commands that routinely award US and FMS contracts) are authorized to make such determinations.

For further information regarding implementation of this guidance, consult the OSD/A&S/DPAP website, your DoD Component Contract Policy organization, and/or your DoD International Program Organization (IPO) .
7/3/2018 5:56 PMReference
USA001568-18-DPAP (SS KR Negotiations US - FMS) - Jun 18.pdfSole Source Contract Negotiations (US and FMS) -DPAP (Jun 18)
  
This Office of SecDef/Acquisition & Sustainment/Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy (DPAP) Memo of June 28, 2018 provides guidance to the DoD acquisition workforce on U.S. 'domestic' and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) sole source contracting efforts.

For further information regarding implementation of this guidance, consult the OSD/A&S/DPAP website and/or your DoD Component Contract Policy organization.
7/3/2018 3:44 PMReference
Obs - Insights on US CoC Recommendations (Jun 18).pdfDAU Observations and Insights -- US CoC Recommendations on U.S. CAT Policy
  
This Defense Acquisition University (DAU)/DSMC-Int'l analysis provides observations and insights on U.S. Chamber of Commerce (CoC) recommendations on the revised Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy published by the White House on April 19, 2018.

The U.S. CoC issued a memorandum on June 8, 2018 with thirty (30) specific recommendations in thirteen (13) different CAT Policy -related areas for consideration by the White House and U.S. Government/Industry national security and defense organizations.
6/24/2018 5:00 PMLearning Material
FY19 SenateDefAuthBill As Passed (HR 5515).pdfFY 2019 NDAA -- Senate Version (Jun 18)
  
The Senate passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in mid-June.  The International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) impact areas include:

Section 1639:  Mitigation of Risks from Foreign Information Technology Providers (Int'l Contracting)

Section 1654:  Israeli Iron Dome, David's Sling, and Arrow 3 Title 10 guidance and funding authorizations (Missile Defense Agency)

Title XVII, Sections 1701 - 1733:  Comprehensive modifications to the USG Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) and Defense Production Act modifications (Tech Security & Foreign Disclosure and Int'l Contracting)

Many observers are also surprised that the Senate failed to act on Administration proposals to change prior year NDAA provisions in the Security Cooperation acquisition and contracting areas that are problematic from a DoD acquisition workforce implementation perspective.

The DoD Security Cooperation community and U.S. industry are awaiting passage of the House Version FY 2019 NDAA to see if their change proposals in this area will be addressed.
6/22/2018 10:20 AMReference
RAND RPV Exports Report Announcement (June 18).aspxRAND Report -- Proliferation of Certain Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Jun 18)
  
RAND recently announced publication of a report on the "Assessment of the Proliferation of Certain Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems" (Response to Section 1276 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017) on its website. 

This RAND Report explores five (5) research questions on RPV (aka Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) or "drone") proliferation in the global defense market, including the impact of U.S. Goverment (USG) interpretation of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) requirements and current USG export controls on RPV/UAS sales and exports.
6/20/2018 5:18 PMReport
NSPM on Conventional Arms Transfer Policy.aspxNew Presidential Policy on Conventional Arms Transfers
  
The President issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) on the U.S. Government's Conventional Arms Transfer Policy on April 19, 2018.  Most informed observers consider this a more "forward leaning" Conventional Arms Transfer policy than the previous version.  The US Department of State (DoS) also issued a revised US Policy on the Export of Unmanned Aerial Systems on April 19th in support of the Administration's revised Conventional Arms Transfer Policy's implementation (also available on the ICOP).
4/24/2018 9:42 AMReference
US Policy on the Export of Unmanned Aerial Systems.aspxUS Policy on the Export of Unmanned Aerial Systems
  
The US Department of State (DoS) issued a revised policy on the export of Unmanned Aerial Systems -- also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones -- on April 19, 2018.  The revised DoS UAS export policy was issued in concert with the Administration's revised Conventional Arms Transfer Policy also published on April 19, 2018 (also available on the ICOP).
4/24/2018 9:32 AMReference
DAU Defense Exportability Teaching Note - DSMC-I.pdfDAU Defense Exportability Integration (DEI) Teaching Note - Feb 2018
  
Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Teaching Note on Defense Exportability Integration (DEI) updated by the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) International Acquisition Center in February 2018.  This DAU Teaching Note is used in various DAU International Acquisition Career Path (IACP) courses and is a useful reference on this subject.
2/19/2018 10:55 PMReference
DAU IA E Teaching Note - DSMC-I.pdfDAU IA&E Teaching Note - DSMC-I (Feb 2018)
  
Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Teaching Note on DoD International Acquisition & Exportability (IA&E) updated by the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) International Acquisition Center in February 2018.  This DAU Teaching Note is used in various DAU International Acquisition Career Path (IACP) courses and is a useful reference on this subject.
2/19/2018 10:51 PMReference
DSMC-I Update and Best Practices Overview - Feb 2018 (pdf Version).pdfDSMC-I IA&E Update and  Best Practices Overview (Feb 2018)
  
Most recent Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Defense Systems Management College - International (DSMC-I) presentation on DoD International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) Learning Content and Best Practices Overview.  This 'about an hour' IA&E presentation -- which also includes background and reference charts -- is derived from various DAU DSMC-I course lessons and workflow learning materials.
2/17/2018 12:35 PMLearning Material
DAU Tech Security Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) Teaching Note - DSMC-I.pdfDAU Tech Security Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) Teaching Note - Feb 2018
  
Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Teaching Note on DoD Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) updated by the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) International Acquisition Center in February 2018.  This DAU Teaching Note is used in various DAU International Acquisition Career Path (IACP) course and is a useful reference on this subject.
2/8/2018 5:45 PMReference
00 - FIRST for DAU - all audiences.pdfAF Security Assistance & Cooperation Directorate FMS Introduction to Security Assistance Training (Dec 17)
  
This Air Force LCMC Security Assistance & Cooperation Directorate presentation (Rev 1, Dec 2017) provides comprehensive Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Introduction to Security Assistance Training (FIRST) learning material useful to the Air Force and DoD Security Cooperation workforce.
12/12/2017 3:29 PMLearning Material
ATL Lord Article on Workforce Training - DN -11-10-17.docxAT&L Lord Remarks on Security Cooperation University - 11-10-17
  
AT&L Lord's discussion with Defense News on workforce training matters included a discussion of her views regarding DSCA's idea of establishing a "Security Cooperation University" as part of the SC Workforce Development Program (SCWDP) initiative (part of the FY 2017 NDAA's SC reform provisions).
11/16/2017 9:43 AMReport
FY18 NDAA Floor Summary Draft vFinal_0 p16.pdfFY18 NDAA Conference Report Summary (Nov 17)
  
Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee Report Summary published on Nov 9, 2017.  The FY 2018 NDAA contains additional provisions on Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Security Cooperation 'reform' on page 16.  One of the provisions would require DoD to "establish specific milestones and standard timelines" for future FMS transactions.  The Conference Committee version of the FY 18 NDAA is awaiting Congressional and White House action before it becomes law.
11/15/2017 9:45 PMReport
FY 2018 NDAA - CRPT-115hrpt404 11-14-17.pdfFY 18 NDAA - Conference Cmte Version - 11-14-17
  
Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee version text of Nov 14, 2017.
  
- See Section 887 for a new provision on NOTIONAL MILESTONES AND STANDARD TIMELINES FOR CONTRACTS FOR FOREIGN MILITARY SALES.
- There are a number of provisions related to country/region specific Security Cooperation activities, including a new provision in Section 1259A. on NORMALIZING THE TRANSFER OF DEFENSE ARTICLES AND DEFENSE SERVICES TO TAIWAN.
- There is also a new provision, Section 1268., COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES REPORT ON PRICING AND AVAILABILITY WITH RESPECT TO FOREIGN MILITARY SALES that establishes new Congressional reporting requirements in this area

This Conference Committee version of the FY 18 NDAA is awaiting Congressional and White House action before it becomes law.
11/15/2017 9:44 PMReference
Defense News Article - DSCA Security Coop Univ Plans (Oct 17).docxDefense News Article - Security Cooperation University Concept (Oct 17)
  
Defense News recently published an article on Defense Security Cooperation Agency's (DSCA's) 'Security Cooperation University' concept as part of DoD's overall efforts to enhance enterprise-wide security cooperation performance. 
10/23/2017 11:56 AMReport
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