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Global Center for Security Cooperation. Monterey, CA. BLUF: A Unique OSD Asset.

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BLUF: A Unique OSD Asset

  • The Global Center is the only entity within DoD that tracks International Partner Education events of all kinds (resident and non-resident courses, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.) conducted by numerous schools/centers, using all fund sources.
  • Aggregating information allows GCSC to support collaboration efforts among providers and identify potential overlaps, conflicts, or undesired redundancies.
  • GCSC provides more effective, efficient, and valuable application of DoD International Education resources in accordance with Defense Security Cooperation Guidance.


The Global Center for Security Cooperation organizes and manages a consortium of the Defense Department’s International Partner Education providers in order to coordinate, integrate and deconflict their efforts, to enhance OSD policy dissemination, and to increase awareness of DoD partner nation education and training resources, consistent with OSD priorities.



Dr. Jim Wirtz




Thomas F. Ellzey




Warren Hoy


Academic & Knowledge Manager

Chamnan Lim



“The Global Center, which is a small entity, has an impact much larger than its size.”

Joseph A. Benkert,


Dean, NPS/SIGS is dual-hatted as Director, GCSC


Specialist x 2


Small team delivers big efficiencies at little cost


The Global Center is:

  • An entity of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).
  • A subordinate organization of the Defense Security Cooperation
  • Agency (DSCA).
  • Resident at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
  • A Coordinating Authority for OSD-P and DSCA.
  • An advocate for Consortium members’ interests.
  • A conduit for Security Assistance information.
  • A policy disseminator.
  • A force multiplier for numerous DoD educational institutions.
  • The Global Center is not:
  • A command headquarters.
  • A tasking or funding authority.

“You have the broadest and deepest understanding of what’s happening in Security Cooperation in DoD.”

VADM William Landay,

Director, DSCA

Regional Centers for Strategic Studies

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies

Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

Center for Civil-Military Relations

NATO School

Joint Special Operations University,Tampa, FL

USAF Air University, Maxwell AFB, FL


“I’m excited about the global security initiatives that grow and extend out to the whole world as a result of the Global Center. The future is in how we use our existing resources to build a much stronger base and capacity through mutual collaboration.”

Congressman Sam Farr



  • Marine Corps Training and Education Command, Quantico, VA
  • Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, Newport, RI
  • Defense Institute for Medical Operations, San Antonio, TX
  • Defense Resources Management Institute, Monterey, CA
  • COE in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Honolulu, HI
  • Defense Language Institute English Language Center, San Antonio, TX
  • Inter-American Air Forces Academy, San Antonio, TX
  • Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Ft. Benning, GA
  • Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School, Stennis, MS


  • US Army Medical Department Center and School, Ft. Sam Houston, TX
  • Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  • Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Monterey, CA
  • USAF International Health Specialist Program, Washington, DC
  • Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity, Pensacola, FL
  • Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, Bethesda, MD
  • US Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group, Ft. Story, VA
  • USAF Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, FL
  • Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute, Ft. Sam Houston, TX




Event Locations

GCSC Global Reach in FY13

  • 1544 Events in

129 Countries

  • 1143 MET Events
  • 401 Resident Courses
Curriculum Reviews

Ensure curricula are current, properly focused, and IAW OSD and other guidance

GCSC builds teams of appropriate SMEs, coordinates visits and reviews, prepares reports

Reviews generally offered to smaller schools that do not have independent accreditation processes

Reviews are conducted at the request/invitation of member institutions

Functional Reviews

Ensure entire programs are conducted IAW with OSD and other guidance and priorities (“The right material, on the right topics, in the right places, at the right times”)

GCSC conducts reviews in cooperation with institutions

Communities of Interest

Allow collaboration among members’ SMEs (and others) to increase efficiency of IPE efforts

GCSC develops initial membership, establishes COI, hosts on GlobalNet

Global Center Activities & Services

Coordination and Deconfliction

Ensures efficiency of overall IPE efforts across several schoolhouses

GCSC tracks the Common Operating Picture to identify potential overlaps, conflicts, redundancies, and shortfalls

GCSC works with members to address possible problem areas

Has no authority to direct changes

Information Clearinghouse

Disseminates to consortium members information regarding policy changes, upcoming events, requests for assistance or information, and general interest

Policy documents, AARs, Best Practices, schedules, etc. also posted on GlobalNet

Members also exchange information directly via email, phone

Global Center Activities & Services

Increased Visibility of Member Activities

Allows easier oversight for OSD, DSCA, COCOMs, Services

Provides marketing tools for members seeking to increase their visibility or grow student loads

Products include:

Weekly Snapshots

Emailed directly to over 1500 subscribers throughout DoD

Semi-Annual Newsletter with member highlights

Emailed directly to over 500 subscribers, including senior DoD leadership

Catalogue of International Partner Education Resources

Distributed to OSD, COCOMs, and schoolhouses

Also available online via GlobalNet at

Common Operating Picture

Global Center Activities & Services

Calendar of Events

Includes over 1500 member courses, seminars, conferences, etc. annually

Searchable by subject area, date, location (country, city), course title, fund source

Viewable in calendar, spreadsheet, or timeline views

Database of Professional Resources

Hundreds of professionals in numerous fields, concentrations, and geographic regions

Available for faculty exchanges, collaboration, conference presentations, etc.

Catalogue of International Partner Education Resources

Includes course descriptions, SMEs, contact information for 29 Consortium members

Archives of After-Action Reports, Lessons Learned, and Best Practices

Online library of Defense Department policy and guidance documents

Common Operating Picture

Products Available via GlobalNet System

Provides more effective and valuable application of DoD resources (International Education) to worldwide “customers” (COCOMs, Regional Centers, Partners and Allies).

Provides Common Operating Picture via GlobalNet

Provides total asset visibility of supporting capabilities

Provides linkages with training and education providers at institutes/schools integrated within GCSC consortium

Provides educational and subject matter experts

Promotes application of Defense Security Cooperation Guidance

Benefits to COCOMs

Provides more efficient IPE effort by deconflicting and harmonizing courses and events

Provides more effective application of DoD’s IPE resources to worldwide “customers” (COCOMs, Regional Centers, Partners and Allies)

Provides Common Operating Picture via GlobalNet

Provides total asset visibility of supporting capabilities

Consolidates information for ready reference and reports generation

Promotes application of Guidance for Employment of the Force (GEF), Defense Security Cooperation Guidance, and other policy documents

Develops new data via survey process

Benefits to OSD & DSCA

Membership has no dollar cost and minimal personnel costs

Access to Common Operating Picture via GlobalNet web portal

Vast information consolidated for ready reference

Means of communication with other providers

Total asset visibility of supporting capabilities

Access to professional educational resources in numerous disciplines

Access to archives of After-Action Reports and Lessons Learned

Access to training and education events conducted by Consortium members

Access to a curriculum review process which ensures that planned courses are thorough and effective, and that stakeholders and DSCA are kept up-to-date on proposed course curricula

Linkages with nationally recognized educational institutions

Benefits of Consortium Membership

The Global Center provides savings and efficiencies for DoD by ensuring an effective, collaborative International Partner Education effort across DoD and Service institutions. We provide a clear Common Operating Picture, and have a structure in place to support requirements of OSD, DSCA, the COCOMs, the Regional Centers, and all our Consortium members.

The Global Center Consortium is greater than the sum of its parts. It is a force multiplier, strengthening OSD’s International Partner Education programs by facilitating coordinated efforts by IPE providers.