Army researchers build partnerships through international assignments

Dr. Gordon Videen, a U.S. Army Research Laboratory physicist, participated in the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program at the Spanish National Institute of Aerospace Technology. (U.S. Army photo by Doug LaFon)

Dr. Gordon Videen, a U.S. Army Research Laboratory physicist, participated in the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program at the Spanish National Institute of Aerospace Technology. (U.S. Army photo by Doug LaFon)

By Dan Lafontaine, RDECOM Public Affairs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Aug. 18, 2015) — U.S. Army scientists and engineers combine forces each year with America’s allies to advance the state of military technology.

The Army bolsters its relationship with foreign partners and promotes international research cooperation through the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program, officials said.

ESEP is a professional-development program that provides career-broadening work assignments for U.S. government employees in foreign defense establishments and vice versa.

Mid-career level Army engineers and scientists in Career Program 16 can apply through ESEP to work with an American ally for a year, with the possibility of an extension. Applicants may arrange for an assignment to one of 17 countries. Nine ESEP participants from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command returned to the United States in June 2015 after a year abroad.

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