Sabel Systems developed a Security Cooperation Financial Management Course (SCFMC) for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). The SCFMC is a four (4) day course offered six times a year in the Washington D.C. metro area. Sabel managed all aspects of the course including event planning, communications, content management, curriculum improvement, registration, assessment, logistics, and coordination with DSCA Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and attendees. The course covers key financial management concepts for Security Cooperation programs and activities such as Foreign Military Sales, Foreign Military Financing, and Building Partner Capacity Security. In addition, the course reviews other essential Security Cooperation topics such as Appropriations Law, Major Security Cooperation Stakeholders, and includes a Security Assistance Overview presented by the State Department.
U.S. Government employees selected to attend this course support Security Cooperation and Security Assistance financial management efforts both inside the continental United States (CONUS) and outside (OCONUS). Although the majority of students are affiliated with the Department of Defense (DoD), personnel who support these efforts in other federal agencies may also attend.
Recently, Sabel Systems helped lead efforts to bring the course to a broader audience through the “Going Mobile” initiative. As part of this initiative, Sabel Systems coordinated with various organizations interested in having 25 or more people participate in the course. Sabel worked with DSCA subject matter experts (SMEs) to tailor course content and digitize course materials to make the course conducive to a mobile environment. The mobile course has had two successful beta tests, one of which was for United States Pacific Command (PACOM) in Thailand where approximately 50 people participated over 3 days.
Recognizing the challenges of going mobile with extensive paper course materials, Sabel’s next major initiative helped modernize the course by introducing Android-based tablets into the classroom to replace printed materials. The deployment of tablets has reinforced training objectives by allowing class participants to interact digitally via activities, exercises, and quizzes. Sabel Systems ensured all previously printed course content was loaded onto each tablet, reducing print material by over 90% and thereby decreasing Other Direct Costs (ODCs) by nearly 35%.