Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP)
The Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP) is a DOD effort to promote international cooperation in military research, development, and acquisition through the exchange of defense scientists and engineers (S&E). A prerequisite for establishing the program is a formal international agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with each participant nation.Currently, DoD has signed ESEP agreements with Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The primary goals of ESEP are to:
Air Force personnel are selected in a competitive process and are assigned for a 2-year tour. This may be preceded by 6 months of language training. Ad hoc placements (non- competitive) can be initiated by research sites; however, these are funded solely by their originators. Foreign S&E are usually assigned to US DoD organizations for 12 month periods; although assignments can be for shorter or longer duration. Each country bears the cost of supporting its participants in the program. AFOSR/IO is responsible for managing placement of all ESEP exchanges within the USAF, and is the "one face to the customer" for all USAF ESEP actions. SAF/IAPQ (Armaments Cooperation Division, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs), the executive agent, provides policy guidance. The Asian and European Offices of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD/EOARD) are AFOSR field offices located in Tokyo and London. These offices act as overseas program liaison offices for US ESEP personnel working in Asia and Europe.
- Broaden perspectives in research and development techniques and methods.
- Form a cadre of internationally experienced professionals to enhance USAF research and development programs.
- Gain insight into foreign research and development methods, organizational structures, procedures, production, logistics, testing, and management systems.
- Cultivate future international cooperative endeavors.
- Avoid duplication of research efforts among allied nations.
AFOSR/IO implements all actions for USAF participants once their selection is approved, and for the placement of foreign ESEP participants in Air Force organizations.
Phil Gibber, AFOSR/IO,
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