SAP Mid-Level Security Management VILT SA201.10

Description: This course offers an in-depth explanation of Special Access Program (SAP) security management.  The course focuses on the student’s ability to determine enhanced security requirements based on the threat and vulnerability of SAPs.  Students will use scenarios to practice adjusting security countermeasures throughout the SAP lifecycle in response to the changing threat.  Students review, revise, or write security-related supporting documentation such as a treaty, physical security, and transportation plans.  

Learning Objectives: This course is designed to enable students to:

  • Define the security requirements and responsibilities for the protection of DOD SAPs throughout the SAP lifecycle.
  • Prepare and/or present a select number of documents, plans, and guides required for DOD SAPs.
  • Discuss the potential foreign intelligence threats to the continuation of the DOD SAP, assess a problem’s vulnerabilities, and recommend appropriate countermeasures to diminish the threat. 
  • Identify activities, regulations, sources, and references that contribute to DOD SAP security management.
  • Identify agencies and organizations that provide support to DOD SAPs.
  • Identify the role of oversight agencies involved with DOD SAPs.   

Delivery Method: Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT)

Length: 15 days

Target Audience: The target audience is DOD civilian, military, and contractors with multidiscipline responsibilities for the management, oversight, and support to DOD SAPs with a minimum of two years of experience.  Approval for course attendance is required through procedures established by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and DOD SAP Central Offices (SAPCO).

Number of Students per Course:  24 


  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: Full-time attendance at all sessions and participation in practice exercises. Students must be present for all live webinars throughout the entire course and complete homework assignments, practical exercises, and examinations to receive a certificate of training.
  • Exam Requirements: Students must obtain 80 percent of the accumulative point total for the course calculated from scores on graded homework assignment, practical exercises, quizzes, and final examination.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the:

  • Introduction to Special Access Programs (SAPs) SA101.01
  • Risk Management for DOD Security Programs GS102.16
  • Introduction to the Risk Management Framework (RMF) Course CS124.16

Also Note:  A minimum of two years of experience in a DOD SAP is required to attend this course.  A waiver for this requirement must come from the student’s respective SAPCO.

Credits Recommended/Earned:

Notes:  Students desiring attendance in this course must register via STEPP, request nomination from POC/Training Officer of their sponsoring Government agency, and await an approval notification.

If approved to attend this course, students will receive an email from the CDSE SAP Mid-Level Course Manager, approximately 45 days prior to the course start date, identifying the mandatory read-ahead materials.  If you do not have the read-ahead materials identified, please contact your respective SAP Training Coordinator:

  • Army DOD civilians, military, and contractors supporting the Army call: 703-685-4059
  • Navy DOD civilians, military, and contractors supporting the Navy call: 202-284-1597
  • Air Force DOD civilians, military, and contractors supporting the Air Force email:

All others please send an email to

Ensure that your STEPP account reflects your most up-to-date information; your e-mail address and phone number are critical for course approval and communication prior to attendance of the course.

System Requirements: Check if your system is configured appropriately to use STEPP.

CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.

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