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Towards a ban on autonomous lethal weapon systems?Published on 30/06/2017

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre n° 47
Lieutenant (CR) François GORRIEZ

While the European Parliament has just adopted a resolution calling for the adoption of civil law rules on robotics[1], the US and Europe are still waiting for the adoption of a new civil law on robotics.Member States of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) are seeking to regulate the use of 'soldier robots', referred to as Autonomous Lethal Weapons Systems (ALWS). Several States and non-governmental organizations are advocating a ban on SALA.

1] European Parliament resolution of 16 February 2017 containing recommendations to the Commission on civil law rules on robotics.

Great War Signals and the NEB: Two Military Communications RevolutionsPublished on 30/06/2017

Earth Thought Notebooks
Chef de bataillon Pascal VIRET

The digitisation of the battle space (NEB), made possible by the technological evolution of the means of communication, constitutes a real digital revolution in military affairs. The technological revolution in communications during the Great War can be compared to the digitization of the battlefield today. Both periods mark a major technological change in the means of communication and open up new prospects for the employment of the armed forces.

International delivery of war materiel in 2016Published on 22/05/2017

859 companies exported for 8.308 billion euros

In 2016, France delivered war materiel and equipment to the international market in the following areas 8.3 billion, compared with 6.1 billion euros in 2006. 7.3 billion in 2014 and 7.3 billion in 2015. This equipment contributed 6.6 billion to France's trade balance in 2016.

Defence Statistical YearbookPublished on 22/05/2017

2016 Edition
Observatoire économique de la défense

The years 2015 and 2016 are marked by strong national and international security tensions. These tensions have had consequences at the operational level - including the unprecedented deployment of military personnel on national territory - at the social level linked to the increased sensitivity of citizens to defence issues, and at the budgetary level.

Defence key figuresPublished on 22/05/2017

Edition 2016

This booklet is a summary of the main figures concerning defence. It presents budgetary data, personnel numbers, equipment available in the armed forces as well as the forces deployed outside metropolitan France.

Driant, between science fiction and anticipationPublished on 23/02/2017

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre n° 45
Général (2S) Henry-Jean Fournier

General (2S) Henry-Jean Fournier, secretary of the promotion of Saint-Cyr "Lieutenant-Colonel Driant", gives us a portrait of this original hero, officer, writer, and who was also a Member of Parliament.

A new legal framework for the opening of fire in the event of a murderous journey on national territoryPublished on 21/02/2017

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre n° 45
Lieutenant (R) François Gorriez

Self-defence and the state of necessity are two existing legal regimes that can justify the criminal irresponsibility of a soldier who opens fire during a terrorist attack on national territory. The author therefore questions the relevance of a new provision in the Criminal Code creating a specific legal framework for the opening of fire in the event of a deadly attack.

Media management of the attacks: role of the media and the political classPublished on 01/12/2016

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre n° 45
Colonel (CR) Bruno MISSET

It is a favorite of Colonel (CR) Misset that the Notebooks publish below. A member of the editorial board of our magazine, usually working in the shadows as deputy editor-in-chief, he takes up the pen to defend a certain vision of the attitude of the media in this prolonged period of attacks.

Without in any way calling into question their freedom and independence, which are guaranteed by the Constitution, he nevertheless advocates a radical change in their behaviour towards terrorists.

The Paris fire brigade: a national testing laboratory?Published on 01/12/2016

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre n° 45
Chef de bataillon Nicolas PLEIS

At the time of the establishment of the National Territorial Command (TN COM), the author asks about organizational transferability and levels of exchange between TN COM and BSPP.

Towards the use of institutional MOOCPublished on 01/12/2016

Cahiers de la pensée mili-Terre n° 45
Commandant Alain FAIVRE

While online self-study courses are in vogue and abound on the web, the question of the use of MOOC for the benefit of military training arises. Institutional MOOCs could usefully complement the current training offer, provided that they are piloted by indispensable trainers whose missions would then be redefined.