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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. Joint Pub 3-20 (Security Cooperation) published in September 2022 provides fundamental principles and guidance for planning, executing, and assessing SC programs and activities.  (JP 3-20 requires CAC for access.)

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-International Acquisition Center faculty has developed Job Support Tools (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:

Performance Learning Support

Upon request, DAU - International Acquisition Center faculty are 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 this email address ([email protected]). if your organization is interested in obtaining Sales and Transfers-related Mission Assistance support.

Related Training

INT 1110 – International Acquisition/Security Cooperation Foundation

INT 2110 – International Acquisition/Security Cooperation Program Management

SC-001 - Security Cooperation Familiarization