10/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/12/2018 10:19
By: Aaron Mehta
WASHINGTON - At last year's Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper announced he was seeking to create a new university structure specifically focused on growing and educating the security cooperation sector.
A year later, those plans are still being formulated, but some details are starting to emerge.
'When I announced this last year, there were a lot of people who misperceived my comments to say we were going to build a brick-and-mortar university,' Hooper said Oct. 9 at this year's AUSA conference. 'That's not what we were talking about at all. What we're talking about is knitting together a new curriculum that will serve as a strong foundation for our security cooperation career field, and our personnel, moving forward.'
Hooper described the plan as a 'virtual university' that will connect the Defense Acquisition University, the service professional military education institutions and other existing institutions, bound together with a 'robust' digital presence to address core needs for the security cooperation workforce.
That office will also work hand in hand with another initiative Hooper announced: the expansion of the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies, an existing educational arm of DSCA based out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
DISCS will stand up a satellite campus in D.C., focused on 'the training needs of the security cooperation personnel based here,' Hooper said.
The benefits of that are two-fold, he said; first, they allow training for local personnel, as well as 'executive-level' presentations for key stakeholders in the region; and second, not having to send personnel out to Wright-Patterson for education can help reduce costs for DSCA across the board.
In addition to the educational announcements, Hooper confirmed that DSCA had put in place a change to lower transportation costs for partners who buy American defense goods, something he first brought up to Defense News in a July interview.
'That has been changed. It's done. The structure has been changed,' Hooper said this week. 'We're looking for ways to work with our partners in a creative fashion to make the best equipment in the world affordable for any of our partners that may have resource challenges.'