Quietly and without undue noise, France is creating a digital defense
PARIS, (BM) – Armed Forces Minister Florence Parley told lawmakers on May 4: The amendment to the Military Programming Act 2019 to 25 will place even greater emphasis on cyber and digital through the ARTEMIS program, which aims to create, in favor of the armed forces, a “sovereign information structure” for massive data storage and processing, by capturing innovations from laboratories, SMEs and other start-ups specializing in big data and artificial intelligence.
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More generally, digital technologies are one of the priorities of LPM 2019-25, with the objectives of “ensuring operational superiority and control of information in operating rooms” and “enhancing the efficiency of maintenance” [Logistics, maintenance, health, etc.]. This requires the development of new applications aimed, among other things, at facilitating operations, improving the use of intelligence, or even encouraging a disabled battle. All this while monitoring technological advances such as 5G, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence
This digital transformation of the Ministry of the Armed Forces falls within the Directorate-General for Digital Technologies [DGNum], established in 2018, replacing the Directorate-General for Information and Communication Systems [DGSIC].
The following year, the Directorate-General for Armaments [DGA] set up a digital base management unit [UM SNum] to develop overall coherence between design/development activities. […] And the implementation/operation of digital instruments and services carried out by DIRISI [Joint Directorate of Infrastructure Networks and Information Systems], which acts as a telecommunications operator within the armed forces.
This system has just been completed by the Digital Defense Agency [I], which has just been set up under the auspices of the DGA.
“Florence Parley, Minister of the Armed Forces, welcomes the establishment on April 23, 2021, of the Digital Defense Agency [I], which will have a mission to meet the challenges of modernization and overall digital coherence within the Ministry,” the Ministry of the Armed Forces announced on May 6.
Attached to the DGA, this new agency heads by first-class weapons engineer [IGA] Dominique Luzot, who graduated from the École Polytechnic and the École Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées National School of Education. Holder of the DEA in Theoretical Computer Science and a Ph.D. from the Paris XI University of Artificial Intelligence, he was then Deputy Director of Plans at DIRISI.
Under the oversight of an orientation and command council chaired by the General Arms Delegate [DGA], this DNA will bring together about 400 soldiers and civilian agents. He will be responsible for three main missions. These missions are: consolidate the existing capacity in terms of conducting digital projects and disseminating best practices; providing a consultative role for the armed forces, departments, and services; and the implementation of the industrial policy of the Ministry of the Armed Forces in the field of digital systems information technology.
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