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About Us

The Global Center for Security Cooperation (GCSC) centralizes the management oversight of International Education providers and allows asset visibility for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and associated organizations.

Mission

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.

Concept

The GCSC was formalized on October 6, 2006 as an OSD entity under the Executive Agency of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), and formally opened as an operating entity with a staff of four personnel on 1 October 2007. The Center was established in response to DoD’s challenge to develop more efficient means for OSD policy dissemination and provide greater awareness of DoD international education and training providers. The GCSC is an OSD tenant activity located at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) with NPS providing administrative and base operations support.

The Global Center supports and coordinates the activities of 23 members of the Global Center consortium. The GCSC maintains a Common Operating Picture for these institutes by providing a consolidated events calendar, course descriptions, reporting functions, and databases of Subject Matter Experts and lessons learned & best practices. All of these functions are available through a password-protected internet site, using the Regional International Outreach (RIO) system. These functions also provide the RCSSs and their Combatant Commands added capacity and one-stop shopping for educational programs and resources such as in-residence short courses, METs, and faculty exchanges.

The GCSC has no direct authority over its members; it serves as a streamlined coordinator and capabilities provider and not as a layer of bureaucracy. It does, however, ensure that international education is consistent with and responsive to OSD and DSCA priorities.

More information about the GCSC is provided below: