Security Assistance Management Course Executive and Industry (SAM-E) Course

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Security Assistance Management Course Executive and Industry (SAM-E) Course


Bourgeois, Mark, DISAM Journal


The Security Assistance Management Executive and Industry (SAM-E) course is designed to meet the dual educational requirements of U.S. government senior-level security assistance executives and U.S. defense industry personnel involved in international sales. The objective of the course is to increase the student's understanding of U.S. governmental policies and procedures for the transfer of defense articles and services, and to provide an appreciation of the international environment in which they function.

This class creates the ideal opportunity for both senior defense leaders and defense contract executives to study, learn and exchange ideas about U.S. defense policy with regard to security assistance. An equal amount of learning occurs during informal discussion as well as during formal presentations. Student knowledge, classroom interaction, and sharing of information and management practices provide for a dynamic class environment.

During the early eighties the SAM-E was actually developed from two separate courses, one for U.S. government executives and the other for U.S. defense industry personnel. The executive course evolved into a formal course about 1984 to accommodate those individuals who were assigned to security assistance billets but who did not need the subject matter detail provided in other DISAM offerings. About the same time, a course for defense contractors conducting security assistance business was first offered. During the years that followed, there were suggestions about the synergy which could be achieved by combining the two courses. This resulted in the early nineties in a merging of the executive and industry into a single SAM-E curriculum.

The curriculum provides an overview of the entire security assistance management process and addresses the many facets of security assistance policy, planning, and programming. Also covered are topics related to security assistance legislation, financial management, transportation, logistics, and training management. Where possible, guest speakers who are recognized authorities in their fields will be used to enhance the learning experience in the course.

The course is intended for U.S. personnel who now occupy (or are selected to occupy) executive management positions in program offices, functional offices supporting program offices, or high echelon offices supervising security assistance management within DoD. It is also intended for defense industry personnel who are currently occupying positions in international sales or related positions in financial management, international logistics, operations, or customer support. Persons in related positions in other federal agencies, such as the Department of State, may also attend this course. Class composition is approximately half each of government and industry personnel.

Who may attend the SAM-E course?

United States Government Personnel: Grades O-6/GS-15 and above, programmed for or assigned to security assistance activities, or in related positions in international logistics, financial management, and training activities. Requests for the waiver of these criteria, properly supported, will be considered individually. Address waiver requests to DISAM/DAS, Building 125, 2335 Seventh Street, Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7803.

Selected SAO chiefs and section chiefs at the O-6 grade level, based on their country of assignment and prior experience, may, with the recommendation of the unified command and the approval of DSCA, attend this course in lieu of the longer SAM-O Course.

U.S. Defense Industry Personnel: U.S. citizens representing the U.S. defense industry companies are admitted on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of a request for admission. The cost for U.S. industry personnel is $1,520 (subject to change).

What does the course curriculum look like?

During the five day course the following subject areas are discussed.

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