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The agile approach in armies. How to optimize transformation projects?Published on 28/05/2018

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le Chef de bataillon Olivier GILLOT

The agile approach, by reinforcing the adaptability of projects in companies, has also improved their efficiency. The adoption of its values in the many army transformation projects could be an opportunity to better drive change.

The Armistice GladesPublished on 27/05/2018

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le Général d’armée (2S) Pierre de PERCIN-NORTHUMBERLAND

The Cahiers continue to make their modest contribution to the commemoration of the Great War. In this context, General de Percin evokes here a place so full of history, which has become a place of meditation, that of the signing of the Armistice.

Expanding the external mobility of commissioned officers: an opportunity for the ArmyPublished on 27/05/2018

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Par le Lieutenant-colonel Antoine FLEURET

The author of this article has spent two years of external mobility within the Ministry of the Interior. He gives us a vibrant plea in favour of the perpetuation of this possibility, according to him a vector of incomparable influence of the Army in the ministerial and inter-ministerial concert.

The Spanish Army of today and tomorrowPublished on 26/05/2018

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le Lieutenant-colonel Bertrand MENNESSON

Les Cahiers is returning to the traditional Foreign Army News section. We are therefore leaving, and for the first time, on the other side of the Pyrenees for a two-part visit to the Spanish Army. This issue will be devoted to its general presentation and the transformation underway, while the June issue will focus on synergies and cooperation with the French Army. The Cahiers warmly thank Colonel Calvez, head of the Land Liaison Detachment, and the officers stationed alongside him, including Lieutenant-Colonel Mennesson, the main editor of this article.

Jean Claude Éléonore Le MICHAUD d'ARÇON: the Royal Corps of Engineers and the defence of Vauban's legacy in the 18th centuryPublished on 26/05/2018

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le Capitaine Antoine ROUSSEL

Brilliant officer and engineer of the Royal Corps of Engineers in the 18th century, the Chevalier d'Arçon, a brilliant theoretician of the art of fortifications, but also a tactician and skilful warlord, remains however largely unknown. He was a defender of Vauban's legacy, and his ideas heralded the future Séré de Rivières system. Captain Roussel, a regular contributor to the Cahiers, gives us here a scholarly and enthusiastic biography of this officer-engineer.

Towards a new cyber army? Breton?Published on 25/05/2018

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le Chef de bataillon Arnaud BALLER

Since the publication of the LBDSN 2013 making cyber defence a national priority, a Breton dynamic has emerged, suggesting that a fourth army could be created. However, although many factors legitimize this development in Brittany, it is part of a more global approach aimed at a transversal deployment of cyber capabilities within the Ministry.

3D Printing for Operational SupportPublished on 25/05/2018

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le Capitaine Hervé CAUET

With a view to continuous improvement, the principle of optimising the maintenance in operational condition (MCO) of aeronautical, maritime and land equipment according to the triptych of cost, time and performance seems to be sustainable. Breaking away from existing logistics schemes, three-dimensional printing technologies could become an alternative or complementary solution to the more traditional ones contributing to this optimisation.

"Let's dare LEAN possible"Published on 24/05/2018

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le Chef d’escadron Marc DELAVERNHE

Brutally placing leaders in an unknown, very uncomfortable context, to force them to "face up", is not exclusive to armies. The author gives us a very instructive account of a factory school that implements a pragmatic and innovative crisis management learning method that the institution should draw inspiration from.

Training in the military: deciphering a model systemPublished on 24/05/2018

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le Chef d’escadron Augustin OTTAVI

Even though the education system, which has been declared a national priority, seems to be struggling to get France out of its difficulties, the armedes are deploying a training system which could set an example and which deserves to be preserved despite the current strong budgetary pressure.

Back to Contents Joint Battle Group For a further step towards efficiencyPublished on 23/05/2018

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le Chef de bataillon Frédéric CHAMAUD

Recent operations show that the Inter-Arms Battle Groups (IABGs)[1] are now truly effective. In the difficult budgetary context, the author proposes a number of ideas for maintaining and even improving the power of the IATFs. While operations are increasingly imposing inter-service structures down to the lowest level, the accumulation of resources and therefore of subordinates weighs on the tactical commander. The question of the leader's place in combat and the optimum scope of command remains topical. The author proposes that the chain of command of the ATIGs should be made denser by the adoption of battalion structures.

1] The structure of the AITG respects at least the quaternary structure. The hard core is made up of at least 2 units from the original regiment and gives it its specificity (landed, embarked, air combat). 1 or 2 units from the other components of the operational function "contact", allow for complementary effects. Engineer and artillery elements are also integrated.

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