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Posted 11/21/2014 Printable Fact Sheet

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Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP)

Program Description:
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.  It provides on-site working assignments for US military and civilian engineers and scientists in allied and friendly governments' organizations and the reciprocal assignment of foreign engineers and scientists in US defense establishments. A prerequisite for establishing the program is a formal international agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with each participant nation.  Currently, DoD has signed agreements with Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Chile, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Primary goals of ESEP are:
  • 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 expertise, methods, organizational structures, procedures, production, logistics, testing, and management systems
  • Cultivate future international cooperative endeavors
  • Avoid duplication of research efforts
Air Force personnel are selected on a competitive basis for a 2-year tour which may be preceded by 24-28 weeks of language training.  SAF/IA advertises the program to the USAF at large to recruit applicants, usually in October with an application due date in the following February.  Ad hoc placements (non-competitive) can be initiated by research sites; however these are funded solely by their initiators.  Foreign S&Es are usually assigned to DoD organization for 12 month periods.  AFOSR/ION is responsible for managing placement of ESEP exchanges within the Air Force.  SAF/IAPC (Armaments Cooperation Division, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs), the program Executive Agent, provides policy guidance.  AFOSR/ION 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/ION,
(703) 696-7323
DSN 426-7323
FAX: (703) 696-8450
E-mail: esep@afosr.af.mil

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