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What ethics of new technologies in warfare?Published on 26/06/2020

military-Earth thinking notebook
le Chef de bataillon Xavier DUBREUIL

At a time when research is constantly advancing in new technologies, there is an urgent need for more reflection on the ethical consequences of their use in warfare. Indeed, human beings are gradually disappearing from the battlefield and from the decision-making loop, while the difficulties linked to discrimination and collateral damage are regaining their full acuteness.

Greater government involvement in research and the introduction of appropriate employment doctrines in conjunction with industry should make it easier to understand the ethics of new equipment. In any event, the soldier must remain at the heart of the conflict and master the application of fire.

Civilian versus military schooling: is military education "higher"?Published on 25/06/2020

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le Chef d’escadrons Marc BONNET

In its ability to accept and even encourage pure criticism, whether positive or negative, military education differs positively, according to the author, from civilian education in its capacity for improvement and transformation. For him, the army implements a form of This is achieved through "real-edukation", by being open-minded, constantly adapting and pragmatic; also by questioning commonly accepted and comfortably consensual patterns.

Forward-looking reflections on the operational superiority factor Mass Published on 24/06/2020

Foresight Letter
Pôle Etudes et Prospective (CDEC/PEP)

Future Land Action (ATF) retains the mass among the eight factors of operational superiority (FSO) declined from the principles of warfare. It was, contrary to the American doctrine, neither a principle nor a factor retained in French doctrine until then. The definition used in ATF is as follows: "Beyond the mere balance of power, mass is understood as the capacity to generate and maintain sufficient volumes of force to produce the effects of strategic decisions over time, taking into account the imperatives dictated by the space/time framework of each operation. "6 Mass, which has its own value, is only well understood within the FSO system. It is a necessary but not sufficient condition for success.

"Who dares to win? »Published on 23/06/2020

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre n° 42
le Chef d’escadrons Bertrand DIAS

In military history as in its mythology, daring is a virtue. Praised in unit mottos or emphasized as a quality that characterizes non-standard leaders, it seems anachronistic in many ways today. In this article, the author questions - with regard to the nature of the commitments, the stakes and the general functioning of the military institution - the topicality and relevance of audacity as a military virtue in the current context.

The use of UAVs in the field of logistics: a potential to be exploited ...Published on 22/06/2020

Earth Thought Notebooks
Commandant Yann PANAGET

UAVs have been used successfully in armies since the 1960s. The French Army has engaged various weapon systems of this nature in external operations, notably in Afghanistan. Their use is currently being tested in the field of logistics for which they offer interesting prospects.

Review and outlook for Operation BarkhanePublished on 22/06/2020

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces - Thursday 18 June 2020
Mme Florence Parly, ministre des armées

France intervened at the request of Malian President Diacounda Traoré in Mali in January 2013 to stop terrorist groups and prevent them from taking the capital, Bamako. Operation Serval, which was a success, ended in July 2014 to give way to an operation on a completely different scale: Barkhane. We needed a regional approach to prevent the formation of terrorist sanctuaries. It was also a gesture of solidarity with friendly countries.

KOREA: back to the futurePublished on 21/06/2020

or the importance of certain operational superiority factors
Colonel Benoit de LA RUELLE

The current parameters of Korean conflictuality: des forces armées nombreuses  et capables de mener un combat asymmetrical

La force militaire de la Corée du Nord se situe dans le haut du spectre des capacités. Le pays détient l 'arme nucléaire ce qui implique, en cas  de conflit, une menace d 'emploi de cette dernière. Il possède des armes bactériologiques et. Il est doté de offensives.

Ses capacités balistiques massives sont une réalité.

How to act as a project accelerator?Published on 20/06/2020

Mr. Emmanuel Chiva, Director of the Defence Innovation Agency
Commission de la défense nationale et des forces armées

M.Emmanuel Chiva, Director of the Defence Innovation Agency: Madam President, ladies and gentlemen of the Committee on National Defence and the Armed Forces, I am very pleased to be able to appear before your committee as a whole for the first time since the creation of the Defence Innovation Agency in September 2018. Naturally, we would all have preferred this hearing to take place in a different context; nevertheless, it is a great pride to present to you today the action taken by our Agency, particularly during this unprecedented crisis.

The Lion and the Tiger: The Commander-in-Chief's Relationship to Political PowerPublished on 19/06/2020

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Monsieur Matthieu MEISSONNIER

Ferdinand Foch and Georges Clemenceau have remained in the collective memory as the two inseparable pillars of the 1918 victory, brought together by exceptional events, their fierce will to win and their patriotism. M. Mathieu Messonnier explains Foch's relations with the political power; multiple and marked by a style that is his own: frank and direct. But the trust that should accompany them is not always there.

Characteristics to be met by future ground-based systems to ensure operational superiorityPublished on 18/06/2020

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le Lieutenant-colonel André HENKEL

In addition to a reinforced infantry component as part of the adoption of the Heer 2011 structure (German Army), the Bundeswehr forces capable of conducting ground combat consist mainly of an armoured core of mechanised units.

There is no consensus in security policy circles on the need to maintain mechanized components that are capable of holding their own in high-intensity duels over the long term.