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A New Professional Army for France

A New Professional Army for France

Prevention, a new priority (Part 7)

The considerable forces installed close to our borders which were a permanent and immediate threat to the very survival of the Nation have disappeared.

They have been replaced by widespread insecurity and multiple dangers both in Europe and throughout the world. The proliferation of mass destruction weapons, in particular, is a major concern for our security.

It is for this reason that prevention is a priority.

Prevention is aimed at avoiding the return or emergence of threats to our interests and our security, the outbreak of conflicts, or even the development of situations, which may in the long run give rise to the reappearance of major threats.

There are two main means of prevention : intelligence and the prepositioning of forces.

Intelligence

This means foreseeing, understanding and apprehending continuously more complex situations in order to anticipate the appearance of dangers and to take the necessary political or military steps.

In this context, human intelligence (Military Intelligence Headquarters (DRM), Foreign Security General Headquarters (DGSE)) along with spatial intelligence are to be promoted. Plans for the modernisation and the reinforcement of both DRM and DGSE are provided for in the military programming bill.

Consequently, new spatial programmes will be jointly developed with our European allies:

  • HELIOS II in continuation of the HELIOS I programme (Italy, Spain and Germany)
  • HORUS radar satellite, with Germany and perhaps other European countries.

Prepositioned forces

The propositioning of suitable means both on land and at sea is to be maintained in or nearby sensitive zones.

These means facilitate a local analysis of the situation, the treatment of low-level crises and the accommodation of reinforcements where required. Such amenities contribute to the settlement of potential crises in the best conditions.

Rationalization of our military apparatus is under examination in order to reach the best possible organisation of the strong points indispensable for carrying through our engagements.

The prepositioned apparatus calls on all three Armed Forces: combined battalions belonging to professionalised regiments, cruisers, combat and transport aircraft, etc.

Sources: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence

French Embassies in London and Washington.

For more information, go to French National Defense.

 

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
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