Some of the Escort skills apply to Maneuver-system skills (IE: Attack Pattern Omega).
I'd say this bit needs some testing to be sure.
Today, I decided to blow 400 points on my cruiser using character on 2 levels of Escort Captain, because Attack Pattern Beta rocks. According to Attack Pattern Beta, skill levels in Tactical Team Leader, Escort Captain, and Heavy Escort Captain should increase the duration of both the debuff and the buff on you.
A change of 14 points left the duration of the debuff at 3.2s and the duration of the buff at whatever it was, think 13s.