The 7 challenges Defending the 2022 Presidential in France

Defense issues had been pushed into the background during the previous French presidential election in 2017. The majority of candidates had simply committed to a spending target of 2% at the end of the five-year term, and had striven to debate subjects without real foundation, such as the return to conscription, even though the soldiers themselves constantly warned about the unrealistic aspect of the proposals put forward. Fortunately, and to the surprise of many, the elected president, Emmanuel Macron, respected his commitments by enforcing a Military Programming Law (LPM) allowing the Armies, if not to rebuild their capacities, throughout…

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Electronic Warfare-Cyber ​​Convergence at the Heart of the New US Navy E / A18G Growler Pods

The next generation of jamming pods fitted to the US Navy's E/A 18G Growler, the only modern combat aircraft equipped for active jamming in the Western arsenal, will have capabilities beyond comparison with the already very capable ALQs. -99 that equip the device today. Beyond enhanced jamming capabilities, these pods will also be equipped with cyber warfare functions, according to a convergence between electronic and cyber warfare that is set to prevail in this area. In any case, this is the reading made of it by Rear Admiral John Meier, Commander of Naval Forces Atlantic for the US Navy, during a videoconference with a…

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DARPA is commissioning technologies to reassemble the US electricity grid, victim of cyber attacks

The great vulnerability of the electric grid allowing to distribute the electric current in the whole of the United States, is a major subject of concern for the leaders and the American soldiers. The gigantic blackout of 2003, linked to cascading phenomena originating in procedural errors within the company FirstEnergy, and which deprived nearly 50 million Americans and Canadians of power, confirmed what the authorities Americans had known since 1965, and the great New York blackout. Apart from accidents, mishandling or terrorist acts, one of the main threats to this inherently unstable network is…

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US Special Forces set up Social Warfare Task Force

Special Forces are generally the first units deployed in a theater of operations, and therefore the first to have to deal with the local perception of their intervention. This perception is now regularly manipulated by influence operations carried out by foreign powers or hostile groups via social networks. For Colonel Ed Croot, Corps Commander of the 1st Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg in Northern California, it is now necessary that these special forces also have the means to detect, identify and counter these digital mass manipulation operations. , thanks to what he describes as “…

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Victims of giant computer hacking, US agencies point to Russia

The case caused a stir across the Atlantic. Indeed, several of the most important American government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, were hacked for several months by a team of hackers who potentially had access to all the emails and documents exchanged by these agencies, creating one of the biggest security breaches the United States has seen in decades. In addition to the methods employed by the hackers and the potentially leaked data, the Department of National Security is now trying to determine the origin of the hack, and it seems that all roads lead to Moscow. It is through an Orion software platform…

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What will the war look like in 2035?

Since the end of the Second World War, developments on the battlefield have mainly followed an incremental dynamic, with increasingly powerfully armed and better protected armored vehicles, increasingly fast and precise aircraft, and ships of better and better armed. But fundamentally, the conduct of operations remains largely modeled on that which prevailed during the 50s and 60s, with increased precision and more effective communications. But today a new form of warfare, much more dynamic, electronic, and…

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Britain radically changes strategic doctrine

For several months, declarations coming from London on the subject of the evolution of the British armies follow one another, with very often drastic reductions in the means, in particular heavy, of its forces. There is indeed talk of halving the F35B fleet, as well as reducing the Royal Navy's surface fleet by 5 frigates, and mothballing the Challenger 2 tanks and the Warrior Infantry Combat Vehicles of the British Army. The government of Boris Johnson had, so far, been content to indicate that nothing had been decided today as to the arbitrations which will be carried out at the end of the Strategic Review in…

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Can we still rely on nuclear deterrence?

On November 5, 1956, a Franco-British expeditionary force landed in Egypt to regain control of the Suez Canal recently nationalized by President Gamal Abdel Nasser, in a military operation organized jointly with Israel, which had seized the Egyptian Sinai a few days earlier. early. Despite the military successes of this coalition, the Franco-British troops withdrew after only a few days, when the Soviet Union threatened Paris and London with nuclear strikes. Even if NATO declared at the time that such a Soviet action would lead to a response of the same nature, Washington also pressured its two European allies to obtain their withdrawal, by carrying out an attack...

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How is the Pentagon preparing for the high intensity conflicts to come?

Since the end of the Cold War, and the collapse of the Soviet bloc, many armies around the world, including the United States, have moved away from concepts of symmetrical employment to increase their effectiveness in campaigns where counter-insurgency engagement was strict. Little by little, the armies became lighter, to gain mobility and responsiveness, and concentrated their investments towards immediate needs, such as drones or armored vehicles protected against IEDs, to the detriment of heavy skills, such as heavy mechanized combat, electronic warfare or maneuver beyond the brigade level. As Western armies adapted to engagements in Afghanistan,…

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Will Covid-19 get the better of European intelligence diplomacy?

“It is a question of European sovereignty. As soon as we wish to gain in strategic defense capability, it is necessary to gain in intelligence capability”. It was at the end of February when he officially signed in Zagreb, Croatia. “Unprecedented, long-term cooperation for the security of European democracies”, the Intelligence College in Europe (ICE) wanted to be “the common reply to the complexity of the asymmetrical cyber, terrorist and destabilization threats emanating from Russia or China. via 5G networks. Three months after the pleas of the representatives of internal and external services of the 23 signatory countries[1], the informal “diplomatic” body promoted by Emmanuel Macron is…

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