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A New Professional Army for France
Protection, towards a new concept (Part 9)
The Armed Forces carry out permanent missions on the grounds of national protection and security
- surveillance and control of air and sea approaches,
- support of public authorities,
- intervention in the event of a serious crisis at the request of the civil authorities.
At home threats of a military nature have been replaced by violent threats on public security : terrorism, drugs, all types of traffic, which are now very much to the fore.
These threats are not of a military nature, so the notion of security is greater than that of defence.
The surveillance of sea approaches and air security operations remain indispensable and continue to be carried out by traditional methods.
As far as land security is concerned, it is primarily down to the Gendarmerie Nationale (National Military Police Force) to carry out security missions jointly with the other security forces.
The Air Force will maintain an airspace detection and control network which is to be modernized (SCCOA system).
When the contribution of the Armed Forces is deemed necessary, each zone of defence will benefit, in the first instance, from the means supplied by the Armed Forces stationed in that zone. The increased mobility of land forces will improve their ability, where required, of transferring means between zones.
Furthermore, the Armed Forces will continue to assist populations, particularly in the event of natural catastrophes.
Sources: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence
French Embassies in London and Washington.
For more information, go to French National Defense.