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European Security and Defence Policy: is it possible to tune European violins?Published on 17/04/2018

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre No. 43
le Commandant Stéphane REIX

The author wonders about the difficulties the European Union faces in speaking with a single voice on issues relating to its security and defence in the absence of a real common political vision.

The financing of the extra cost opex (and opint...)Published on 12/04/2018

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre No. 43
le Chef de bataillon François LORVOIRE

The issue of financing the additional costs of OPEX and OPINT is a burning and yet unavoidable political issue; recent events have made this clear, and no solution can fully satisfy all parties. However, an improvement of the system could be decided on, and there is no shortage of ways of doing so.

Concentration of effort and balance of powerPublished on 09/04/2018

mili-Terre thought book n°50
le Lieutenant-colonel Emmanuel DUBOIS

By approaching the principle of concentration from the point of view of the balance of power, Lieutenant-Colonel Emmanuel Dubois shows that this has been a permanent concern of all great captains throughout the centuries. In the end, concentration is, of all principles, the one that seems most self-evident. Yet its application has always mobilized impressive energy and intelligence.

Modern sand and concrete sentriesPublished on 05/04/2018

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre No. 43
l’ingénieur en chef de 2ème classe Jean-Marc COLLIOU

Preserving the integrity of the Force means preserving its potential as well as its operational capability and freedom of action. As such, protection is a constant concern of the military command, essential to the success of the mission. As such, the hardening of the parking infrastructures in operation is a major component of the mission and must be the object of all attention. The author gives us an original situation report on this subject, based on the principles adopted and the techniques implemented within Operation Barkhane..

Marshal Foch in 1918 Interallied Command and operative artPublished on 04/04/2018

mili-Terre thought book n°50
Colonel (r) Claude FRANC

Lieutenant-Colonel (H) Claude Franc shows us the actual conditions of the exercise of the inter-allied command exercised by Marshal Foch.

Knowing that he would not obtain any results through a directive form of command, Foch always acted flexibly. Moreover, he is credited with the aphorism, in fact from Sarrail to Salonika, according to which "he admired Napoleon much less since he had commanded a coalition".

Thus Foch, as Supreme Allied Commander in 1918, always advocated persuasion as the only method of command, which, it is true, was hardly in keeping with his character!

Cyberwar: A New Face of War? Published on 03/04/2018

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre No. 43
le Commandant Jean-Sun LUIGGI

Many States, terrorist or mafia organizations continue to develop or improve their cyber' capabilities, with the most advanced among them devoting very significant human and financial resources to this. France has taken up this challenge by making the necessary intellectual and material investments. The author of these lines, however, argues for a more ambitious reflection: cyber defence must be comprehensive, it must concern offensive aspects; it must become cyber warfare.

The SCORPION fightPublished on 31/03/2018

Planning and conducting the maneuver - part 3 / 4 -
Lieutenant-colonel Sébastien de PEYRET

Understanding at the heart of Scorpio doctrine

At a time when big companies are mainly concerned with big data management and when part of the work of command posts consists in feeding "reporting", information management is at the heart of concerns. The conduct of the manoeuvre at Fontenoy in 1744 seems quite simple: Maurice de Saxe looked across the entire battlefield and, based on his observations and experience, quickly decided where and when to launch his fatal counter-attacks.

The SCORPION fightPublished on 30/03/2018

The Expectations of the SCORPION Exploratory Doctrine - Part 2 / 4 -
Colonel (r) Claude FRANC

The infovalorisation goes further than the previous scan. It can be defined in three ways:

. the internet of things on the battlefield (web 3.0), or interconnection of equipment in a collaborative combat logic without human intervention;

. the operational exploitation of the added value provided by information resources ;

. the combination of the SCORPION Combat Information System (SICS), new radio systems, and even vetronics and on-board simulation.

Youth and National ResiliencePublished on 29/03/2018

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre No. 43
le Commandant Aurore LEVASSEUR

A large part of French youth is plagued by multiple problems of societal origin. In this constraining context, they can nevertheless show great resilience and enthusiasm. National defence is legitimate to support the youth in this effort through traditional recruitment in the active forces supplemented by the reserve forces. Civic service is also a promising avenue. However, for the author of these lines, nothing will be possible without "a re-founding act of our educational system".

Evolution and Revolutions in TacticsPublished on 28/03/2018

Free Reflection
Colonel Christophe de LAJUDIE

The tactician is not in charge of crisis resolution and does not care about the global approach. His art, "simple and all-embracing," is summed up as implementing the means of the moment in combat. It is a matter of geometry, topography, ranges, cadences, speeds; of devices, formations, manoeuvres, fronts and intervals...

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