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This quarter our cover story features our sister institution, the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. Following the statutory creation of expanded international military education and training in 1991, the Navy Justice School stepped up to the challenge of developing a program on the rule of law. As the program's popularity grew, the school expanded and in 1997 became DIILS as we know it today. In 2000, DIILS became a Joint Agency Activity under the direct command of DSCA. Since the end of the Cold War, the rule of law in the military and the role of the military in the international community have become increasingly complex. Consequently, the training offered at DIILS has expanded to include developing rules of engagement, creating investigator and prosecutor guidelines to prosecute war crimes, drafting legislation to integrate women into the armed forces, and creating a model maritime service code. Today, DIILS is the largest provider of E-IMET training, having taught nearly 14,000 students in 75 countries.

A major initiative of DSCA is to create a culture within the security cooperation community that is based on performance and results. Programmatic guidance from DSCA will provide specific information on how DSCA and the implementing agencies will conduct business in the future. The first step is to use a new approach, performance based budgeting, that will allow the security cooperation budgets to be linked to corporate strategy, planning, and performance measures. In this issue, we present the guidance for the preparation of the FMS administrative budget for fiscal years 2002 and 2003.

Each year the Department of State produces the country reports on human rights practices, a comprehensive look at human rights infractions in 195 countries. The expansion of democracy and human rights rests on a fundamental belief that there are rights and freedoms to which every human is entitled, no matter where he or she lives. In this issue we offer the introduction to the report that summarizes conditions throughout the world.

Each year representatives of the DISAM Policy and Advisory Council meet to review the DISAM curriculum. In this manner, all of our stakeholders have an input into what we teach here at DISAM. The results of the 2001 curriculum review are included inside.

As the educational world moves towards heavier reliance on internet and telecommunications technologies, we at DISAM have studied the possibilities of presenting some of our courses through distance learning. This quarter we report on the results of the survey many of you participated in by giving us your opinions on your willingness to engage DISAM through some electronic medium.

Our training managers have moved to take greater advantage of web technology by creating the international training management web site. By capitalizing on techniques employed by corporate universities, our trainers have expanded our educational role beyond the classroom by making available a variety of policy messages, best practices, and other key references to the entire security cooperation training community.

Finally, this will be the last Journal I will introduce as the Commandant of DISAM since my retirement after 29 years in the Army is scheduled before the next issue comes out. My years at DISAM working with the security cooperation community have been a wonderful way to end my career. I leave my best wishes for all of you engaged in this key component of our national security strategy.


Colonel, USA

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