The pilot session of DOD’s 2019 Industry Exchange Program (IEP) wraps up soon with a capstone event at the Pentagon hosted by Hon. Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment (USD(A&S)), on July 30 – 31. The Office of the USD(A&S), which leads and administers the program, plans to increase the level of participation from Army, Navy, Office of the Secretary of Defense and private sector companies for the 2020 session.

Many corporations have already agreed to be a part of the program, including Deloitte, Unisys Corp., CACI International Inc., Clark Construction Group, Northrop Grumman Corp., Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., General Motors Co., Jacobs Engineering Group, Guidehouse, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. and Raytheon Co.

The six-month IEP targets acquisition civilian professionals between GS-13 and GS-15 (or equivalent pay band level) who have 10-15 years of experience, display strong leadership potential, are high performers, and are in the acquisition career fields of program management, engineering, life cycle logistics, science and technology manager, and contracting. Selections and a kick-off orientation session will take place in October 2019. Selectees’ exchange assignments run from January 2020 to June 2020, and a capstone event at the Pentagon is scheduled for July 2020.

Hon. Ellen M. Lord with the DoD Public-Private Talent Exchange program participants after a mid-point feedback session held March 28.
(Photo DOD HCI)

Interested Army civilians can apply through July 31 via the Army Acquisition Personnel and Position Development System at Candidates should be prepared to complete an application form and submit a biography, an Acquisition Career Record Brief and a Command Endorsement Memorandum endorsed by the first general officer or SES member in the candidate’s command.

To read more about the program, go to If you have any questions, contact Harry Ward at 703-664-5663 or


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