New University to Train Security Cooperation Workforce in Defense Department; Cara Abercrombie Quoted

Jeff Brody
Cara Abercrombie

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has opened a new institution designed to train and build a workforce of security cooperation experts.

The new Defense Security Cooperation University aims to ensure that all involved personnel have a grasp of security cooperation's alignment with the national security strategy, according to DSCU President Cara Abercrombie, the DSCA said Thursday.

DSCU will cover work to sustain inter-military relationships, joint training initiatives and foreign military sales engagements.

''DSCU will teach the security cooperation workforce, with a focus on meeting the requirements of the certification program,'' Abercrombie said.

The university will offer an online course on security cooperation basics, and provide higher levels of certification for a combination of in-class and internet-based work.

John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, joined other defense officials for the university's ribbon cutting ceremony that took place near the Pentagon.

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