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MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC CDI WASHINGTION DC//
SUBJ/CY20 DARPA SERVICE CHIEFS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (SCFP)//
AMPN/REF A IS THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT ADDRESSING USMC PARTICIPATION IN THE DARPA SERVICE CHIEFS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM//
POC1/CHANDLER B. HIRSCH/CTR/MCWL FTO/USMC/TEL: (703) 432-1307/EMAIL: CHANDLER.HIRSCH.CTR@USMC.MIL//
POC2/JOHN E. MOORE/CIV/MCWL FTO/USMC/TEL: (703) 432-1594/EMAIL: JOHN.E.MOORE4@USMC.MIL//
REMARKS/1. The purpose of this MARADMIN is to solicit nominations for CY20 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Service Chiefs Fellowship Program (SCFP). The DARPA SCFP convenes quarterly and lasts approximately 12 weeks. The intent of this program is to increase the awareness of key Marine Corps commands of DARPA technology development efforts as well as enhance the professional development of top Marine Corps officers. Upon completion of their assignment to the SCFP, Fellows serve as informal liaisons between DARPA and the Marine Corps based on the close relationships developed during the program and an enhanced understanding of the DARPA technology development process.
2. Background: Marine Corps participation in the formal fellowship program with DARPA was established by the CMC in 2003. The DARPA mission, as the central research and development agency for the Department of Defense, is to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security and to prevent strategic surprise. At DARPA, more than 100 program managers oversee approximately 250 research and development programs. DARPA programs, such as Squad-X, PROTEUS, and OpFires, include emerging technologies relevant to the ground, aviation, and enabling communities. For additional information on DARPA programs, visit www.darpa.mil.
3. Description: The DARPA SCFP was established to expose military officers and government civilians to a unique organization whose mission is to rapidly develop imaginative, innovative, and often high-risk research ideas. The SCFP assists DARPA in understanding service needs based on input from the Fellows into DARPA technology development efforts. Marine Corps participants, along with members from other services and government agencies, gain valuable exposure to DARPA programs and program managers. SCFP members also have the opportunity to choose focus areas for deeper exploration while participating in the program.
3.a. Location: Arlington, Virginia
3.b. SCFP Dates:
3.b.1. QTR 1: 07 JAN – 27 MAR 20
3.b.2. QTR 2: 31 MAR – 19 JUN 20
3.b.3. QTR 3: 23 JUN – 11 SEP 20
3.b.4. QTR 4: 15 SEP – 11 DEC 20
4.a. Rank/MOS: Active duty majors and lieutenant colonels in all military occupational specialty (MOS) are eligible to apply. Captains who are major-selects, and are projected to promote prior to attendance may apply. Civilian personnel (GS14/GS15) may be nominated, but priority will generally be given to active duty personnel.
4.b. Experience: All applicants should be considered highly competitive for promotion. MOS credibility and recent operational experience are beneficial.
4.c. Education: All applicants must possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. Competitive applicants will have both a strong academic and operational background.
4.d. Security Clearance: A secret or higher clearance, is required for all applicants.
4.e. Utilization Tour: There is no formal utilization tour required for this program.
4.f. Applicants should not anticipate resignation or retirement within three years of completing the program.
4.g. Applicants requesting selection for a quarter following their expected rotation date will not generally be considered without prior coordination with their monitor or receiving command.
5. Submission Process:
5.a. Applications will be submitted via AA form (NAVMC 10274), and all supporting documentation is to be included as enclosures. Completed applications may be mailed or sent electronically to the POC(s) listed on this message.
5.b. Instructions for AA Form:
5.b.1. Block 7
To: Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
Attn: Future Technology Office
3255 Meyers Ave
Quantico, VA 22134
5.b.2. Block 8, Subject: DARPA Service Chiefs Fellowship Program Application
5.b.3. Block 11, Enclosures:
5.b.3.a. Military Photograph.
5.b.3.b. Military Biography.
5.b.3.c. Undergraduate Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted, but official transcripts may be requested following selection.
5.b.3.d. Graduate Transcripts (if applicable). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted, but official transcripts may be requested following selection.
5.b.3.e. DAU Transcripts (if applicable).
5.b.4. Block 12, Supplemental Information:
5.b.4.a. Personal statement regarding desire and motivation for participating in the SCFP.
5.b.4.b. Up to three focus areas of interest. Examples include unmanned systems, technology-enabled squads, or electromagnetic spectrum operations.
5.b.4.c. Requested quarter(s) for selection consideration. List requested quarter(s) in order of preference.
5.b.4.d. Primary and secondary MOS.
5.b.4.e. Current assignment, MCC, rotation date.
5.b.4.f. Current security clearance level, adjudication date.
5.b.4.g. Deployment History.
5.b.4.h. Key Billets (Company Commander, Division Head, Battalion Operations Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, or equivalent).
5.b.4.i. Degree type, year, and university.
5.b.4.j. Contact phone and e-mail address.
5.b.4.k. The following statement must be included: “I do not anticipate resigning or retiring within three years of program completion.”
5.c. Endorsement from first Colonel, or higher, in chain of command is required.
6. Submission Deadline:
6.a. 30 September 2019
6.b. The submission deadline is the same for all CY20 SCFP quarters. Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple quarters to increase selection opportunity.
6.c. Following the submission deadline, additional packages may be accepted on a space-available basis.
6.d. An annual selection board will be held to select DARPA SCFP nominees and alternates. Selected applicants will be announced via MARADMIN.
7. Coordinating instructions:
7.a. All costs associated with the SCFP will be funded by DARPA. For Marines traveling from outside the national capital region, DARPA will provide for billeting, per diem, and travel costs. Marines within the national capital region will be reimbursed for mileage between their command and the agency, as well as any additional travel costs required by the program.
7.b. SCFP participants will receive a non-observed, academic fitness report from DARPA for the period.
8. This MARADMIN is applicable to Officers on Active Duty and Active Reserve Status.
9. Release authorized by Lieutenant General Eric M. Smith, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration.//