F Gouttefarde, JC Lagarde, JL Thériot: these outgoing deputies necessary for the National Defense and Armed Forces Commission

Within the French National Assembly, the Commission for National Defense and the Armed Forces is far from being the most popular commission among deputies. The sovereign function par excellence being a reserved domain of the Elysée, it is difficult to shine there, or to assert an alternative or simply constructive voice, in the face of the doxa imposed by the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of the Armed Forces. . In fact, it is rare for MPs, whether from the majority or the opposition, to play a significant role. However, during the previous magistracy, several deputies knew, by their…

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President Macron announces the re-evaluation of the Military Programming Law and an increased effort in defense

During the inaugural speech of the Eurosatory exhibition, the French President announced that the work in view of an increase in the French defense effort to deal with the geopolitical developments of the latter had been started, and that the results should emerge from a few weeks here. While the vast majority of European chancelleries had announced a significant increase in their defense investments following the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the French authorities had, for their part, remained surprisingly discreet on the subject. On the occasion of the inauguration of the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition, the most important world meeting concerning land armaments which is held…

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US parliamentarians save 5 of 24 ships the US Navy wants to retire from service in 2023

Parliamentarians from the Seapower Panel of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress reached a consensus to reject the request for the withdrawal from service of 5 of the 24 ships requested by the US Navy as part of the 2023 budget, while the future of the 19 remaining ships will be discussed by the Armed Services Committee on June 22 After several years of wanderings and contradictory decisions, the US Navy decided, at the beginning of the year, to profoundly change its strategy in terms of naval programming, including in its way of negotiating with the American Congress which, in this area, has more decision-making powers than the…

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Indian Navy cleared to order 8 new corvettes for 36.000 crore

The Indian Defense Acquisition Council has authorized the financing of a program of 8 new generation corvettes for the Indian Navy, for an amount of 36.000 crore or €4,5 billion. The new class of ship will be entirely designed and manufactured by the Indian naval industry, in application of the “Make in India” directive. Due to the rapid modernization of the Pakistani fleet, with the arrival of new Type 039B Hangor-class submarines, Type 054 A/P Tughril-class frigates and Turkish MILGEM Babur-class corvettes, as well as the very rapid rise in power of the Chinese Navy, New Delhi has…

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After 100 days of war in Ukraine, France has still not adapted its defense effort and ambitions

Important Information: A technical problem prevented subscribers from renewing their subscription with the same email address. The problem is now fixed. Like the attack on Poland in 1939 by Nazi Germany, and that of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Fleet in 1941, the triggering of the Russian "special military operation" in Ukraine, on February 24, 2022 , took Western leaders, including the United States, by surprise, particularly on the strategic level. Not only did this mark the return of high-intensity warfare, but it involved one of the two most important nuclear powers on the planet. Worse still, she had...

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Why is a defense effort of 2% of GDP insufficient for France?

Upon his arrival at the Elysée Palace in 2017, the new President Emmanuel Macron made a major effort to bring France's defense effort to 2% of its Gross Domestic Product, as France had committed to in 2014 during the NATO summit in Cardiff. To achieve this, the new executive implemented a new Military Programming Law from 2019 to 2025 aimed at achieving this objective, as well as at repairing the numerous and sometimes dramatic deficiencies from which the French armies suffered after 20 years of under-investment. of a particularly heavy operational activity. This was a paradox for this designated period…

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Japan wants to double its Defense effort and transform its defensive doctrine

Like most countries in the Asian Pacific Ocean belt, Japan has significantly increased its defense effort in recent years, with a 2,6% increase for 2022 and a budget which, for the first time exceeded $50 billion. However, for the Liberal Democratic Party currently in power, the account is not there, in particular taking into account the lessons related to the war in Ukraine. And the latter to propose, in a document sent to the Japanese government, a proposal to increase the Japanese defense budget to 2% of the country's GDP, against only...

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South Korea's CVX aircraft carrier program under fire from critics

Faced with the rise of North Korea's first strike capabilities, the South Korean General Staff, supported by the government, announced in July 2019 its intention to acquire two light aircraft carriers capable of operates 20 F-35B combat aircraft each with vertical or short take-off and landing. According to the arguments advanced by the military, this program, designated CVX, will make it possible to maintain strike and response capabilities even if Pyongyang were to start hostilities against its southern neighbor, and to destroy South Korean air bases with strikes. preventive ballistic and cruise missiles. In…

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Germany chooses the CH-47F Chinook heavy helicopter to replace its CH-53G

After more than a year of hesitation, Berlin has finally made its decision regarding the replacement of its CH-53G heavy transport helicopters. According to the German press, the German Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht would indeed have chosen the model proposed by Boeing, the CH-47F Chinook, instead of the CH-53K, to equip the Bundeswehr. The main argument in favor of the Boeing aircraft is obviously its price for purchase but also for maintenance, Berlin planning to acquire 60 aircraft for €5 billion, whereas it would have been possible to acquire only 40 CH-53K for the same amount. In addition, the Chinook is already employed by…

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Italy will increase its defense budget by €12 billion by 2028

Europe is a land of paradox. While during the last 10 years, European leaders had ignored the rise of the Russian armies and the construction of a military power at the gates of Europe based on the powerful Chinese ally, and capable, as we thought a few weeks ago, of gaining the upper hand over the NATO forces present in Europe, the outbreak of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armies, and the flagrant poor performance of the latter against an adversary supposed to be vastly inferior, spawned a flurry of announcements in favor of the defense effort within the entire…

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