The Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management International Mobile Education Team Visits Estonia

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Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management

Donna Ellenberger, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) case manager for Estonia, joined the DISAM mobile education team of Frank Campanell, Bob Hanseman, and Craig Brandt when it conducted a security assistance course in Tallinn, Estonia, the week of February 10, 2003. This was the first time that USASAC had participated in a DISAM course conducted for a foreign purchaser. This was also the test for a new DISAM overseas offering. The purpose of the course was to focus on the flow of products and information between Estonia and the U.S. It was aimed at developing the skills of those in the Estonian Defense Forces who are dealing directly with American agencies in carrying out their security assistance program. In December, DISAM made a short site visit to discuss the presentations with the course sponsor, Kairi Raudsepp of the logistics department of the Ministry of Defense and to gather an array of foreign military sales (FMS) cases, billing documents, requisition reports and discrepancy reports. T he latter were then used in class to teach the principles of the FMS process with specific reference to Estonian situations with which the students were familiar. Training manager Merje Peri of the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) coordinated all the preparations for the class AND insured its final success.

Classes were conducted at the Border Guard School in Suurupi, a beautiful wooded site on the coast. The course was opened with presentations by Tanel Ringo, head of the logistics department in Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Major Jim Zink, USA, Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation Tallinn. After a one-day overview of the entire process, the students were broken into three seminars on the basis of their daily work: case management, finance, and logistics. …