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Office of Defense Cooperation

Welcome to the home page of the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) France.  ODC France is subordinate to Headquarters European Command and is an integral part of the American Embassy in Paris.

The mission of ODC France is to provide a bridge between US and French militaries and defense sectors in order to enhance partnerships, maintain close cooperation and increase interoperability between our nations and within NATO. 

ODC achieves this mission by:

  • Supporting the U.S. European Command (EUCOM J-5), the Ambassador, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense;
  • Representing U.S. defense interests in France through security assistance, cooperative armament programs and direct commercial sales;
  • Assisting U.S. government and industry in cooperative armaments Research & Development efforts;
  • Identifying off-the-shelf equipment or developments that may satisfy U.S. operational requirements;
  • Increasing standardization and interoperability of weapons and munitions;
  • Facilitating U.S. government and industry participation in international trade shows;
  • Ensuring U.S. technology security through end-use monitoring procedures.

Contact Us For:

Defense Import / Export / Foreign Military Sales / Foreign Schools / Tradeshows

Phone: +33 1 4312 28 31
Facsimile: +33 11 4312 22 72 
From USA: Contact US Embassy, Paris switchboard through: 202-536-2780 (local Washington DC #) and ask for extension #2831

ODC Members

  • Colonel John Walter “Walt” Kennedy, USA, Chief ODC, Director Joint and Army Affairs
  • Lt Col John M. Carros, USAF, Director of Air Force Affairs
  • CDR Matt “Squeak” Somerville, USN, Director of Navy and Marine Corps Affairs
  • Ms. Margaret Flott, Administrative Officer and FMS Training Specialist
  • Ms. Kelly Carrigg, Defense Articles and Executive Support Specialist
  • Mr. Hai-Van Tran, Budget Analyst           


Contact the Defense Attaché Office (DAO) Paris:

For other Defense Representational Events / Operational Missions + Exercises / Protocol / Ceremonies / U.S. Students / Airspace / DOD Country Clearance

Embassy switchboard:  + (ask for DAO)
To call from USA dial (202) -536-2780  (Washington DC area code)
press # 1 for English and then extension # 2222 (allows calls to France at local Washington DC rate)

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