A word from our partners

Safran fully supports the Summer Defence Conference primarily because it would like to show its gratitude to the women and men working in the interests of defense in field operations worldwide. It is also because the Conference provides a special platform to all stakeholders for sharing and comparing points of view. Discussions between all members of the defense community are key in each of the three areas that compose this year’s selected topic: “preparing the war, conducting operations, winning the peace”. By encouraging these players and getting fully involved, Safran hopes to contribute to the complex specific intelligence in which defense challenges are now rooted. Enjoy this year's conference!  


Stéphane MAYER
Président-Directeur Général
"Prepare for war, conduct operations and achieve the peace" The theme of this 14th edition of the Summer Defense Conference focuses on strategic and topical issues at a time when the security context is difficult for the French people and our armed forces, which are extremely stretched, both in foreign theaters and on French territory.
As regards "prepare for war", the Nexter group's mission is to design and define appropriate solutions to constantly changing threats. That is why we are working on the land vehicles and systems of the future, particularly as part of the SCORPION programme, with the development of the Griffon and Jaguar vehicles. Maintaining defense spending is vital for the French defence industry to continue innovating.
"Preparing for war" also means working to ensure that systems are interoperable and achieve standardisation with other European armed forces, which are often involved in the same theaters of operation. It is in pursuit of that objective that we are building KNDS (KMW + Nexter Defense Systems) as a first step of European consolidation in the land defense industry. Nexter and KMW are strengthening each other’s' innovation capacity and high-tech expertise in the fields of armoured vehicles, artillery, protection of armed forces and ammunition.
"Conduct operations" is a familiar topic for Nexter, which is the systems integrator for the French army. We listen to our customers and provide armed forces with the tools they need to improve their knowledge of the surrounding situation, to detect the enemy, to protect our military personnel ever more effectively and to make decision-making easier.
Finally, "achieve the peace" means building a strong France within a strong European defence project, with the means to combat new threats and capable of operating in foreign theaters. It also means maintaining sovereign operational capacity by continuing to upgrade our forces' equipment, supporting strategic areas like land and air-land defense, and maintaining a European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB). This is what European and French citizens want: all of our efforts are geared towards fulfilling that desire and these Summer Conference will help us to do just that. 


Military Applications Division Director
The Military Applications Division (DAM) of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is in charge of CEA Defense programs. They mainly deal with nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors for naval propulsion of the French navy submarines and aircraft carrier, and combating nuclear proliferation.
Since the definitive end of French nuclear tests in 1996, the guarantee of operational performance and safety of French nuclear weapons has relied on the Simulation Program. DAM develops numerical codes which reproduce the complexity of nuclear weapons functioning by high level physical models, co-designs with Atos/Bull the supercomputers setting up such computations, and validates these numerical results through major experimental physics facilities, including the Megajoule Laser. The challenge of changeover to simulation, evidenced by the nuclear warheads renewal, has been met with success.


Jean-Yves LE GALL
The Military Applications Division (DAM) of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is in charge of CEA Defense programs. They mainly deal with nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors for naval propulsion of the French navy submarines and aircraft carrier, and combating nuclear proliferation.
Since the definitive end of French nuclear tests in 1996, the guarantee of operational performance and safety of French nuclear weapons has relied on the Simulation Program. DAM develops numerical codes which reproduce the complexity of nuclear weapons functioning by high level physical models, co-designs with Atos/Bull the supercomputers setting up such computations, and validates these numerical results through major experimental physics facilities, including the Megajoule Laser. The challenge of changeover to simulation, evidenced by the nuclear warheads renewal, has been met with success.


With war in the Middle East and the Sahel, the increase in deadly terrorist attacks in France and Europe, the migration crisis, tensions in Eastern Europe and failing states in the Southern Mediterranean region, never has France been confronted by so much tension and so many threats to its safety since the end of the Cold War. In this unprecedented strategic and security context, our armed forces are engaged in numerous theatres of operations, both within our national borders and overseas. I would like to pay tribute to all these members of our armed forces who ensure the defence of our Nation and protect the safety of French men and women on a daily basis.
France has a tried and tested defence facility to deal with these challenges. It is supported by a competitive sovereignty industry which produces high-performing equipment which guarantees the highest French government authorities with the freedom to make decisions and act, in particular in the area of combat aeronautical activities.
Thanks to its control of the skies and its fire power, now more than ever the French air force stands out as a strategic system in both traditional and asymmetric warfare. It provides vital backup for our air-land and air-sea operations to be implemented with the maximum amount of security for our soldiers. In Opex, the Rafale has demonstrated the full range of its skills while engaged in operations in the Middle East. With this aircraft, the executive has a powerful air superiority tool which, thanks to its nuclear capacities, is at the very heart of the defence of the country's vital interests.
Against this background, the coming Military Programming Laws will see deliveries of the Rafale with the 4th batch and the 5th batch. Standards will continue to evolve, taking account of feedback from operational staff to ensure that our armed forces all have the best tools to deal with the wide range of threats they face. Finally, following our successes in Egypt and Qatar in 2015, the export market will remain essential, both on an industrial level and in terms of workload, with the acknowledgement of our customers' specific requirements. 
But it is also vital that we look further ahead. As the crises in Libya and Mali have shown, the ability to enter a conflict first determines a country's strategic autonomy and demonstrates the true effectiveness of its forces. It is decisive to preserve this capacity and to adapt our resources to speed up the development of anti-access strategies. The development of technologies in this area and their distribution may in tome threaten the freedom of French armed forces to intervene. To counter these new threats, we must develop complementary features between combat aircraft and combat drones. Thanks to the experience acquired with the nEUROn, France is one of the few countries which masters stealth drone technology and we will have to assume operational capabilities in this area. This is the key objective behind the Franco-British cooperation produced by the Lancaster House and Brize Norton agreements around the FCAS. Following the Amiens summit on 3rd march 2016, the launch was announced for 2017 for an operational Franco-British combat drone demonstrator, a project worth 2 billion Euro, by 2025, bringing together Dassault Aviation et BAES, Thalès, Safran, Selex and Rolls-Royce.
It is important for European countries to have their own resources in the surveillance drone area. The decision to launch a feasibility study in the area of MALE drones is a major decision which was taken by France, Germany, Italy and Spain, which enables the European actors Dassault Aviation, Airbus and Leonardo to consolidate their skills.
Finally, this strategy to prepare the future must also take account of the renewal of the French Navy's capabilities in the areas of Maritime Patrol and Maritime Surveillance.  In both cases, the experience acquired with the Atlantique and with the Falcon 50 and 2000 in Maritime Surveillance must enable France to maintain command of these skills which are so vital, both for the strategic ocean component and for the country's actions at sea.
All of these issues are vital and go hand in hand to enable France and its industry to maintain their capabilities and know-how in the area of military aircraft. It is important for industrial companies to have a view at last of how the future is being prepared. This will ensure a lasting future for this strategic activity, both in terms of operational usage and through its industrial and economic returns.


Executive Vie-President 
Today we face a highly uncertain geopolitical environment, with multiple crises in Africa and Middle East. Europeans must then remain vigilant in the field of defense. However, despite verbal commitments in favor of higher defense efforts, especially at the NATO summit in Newport in 2014, France and its European allies are still facing defense budgets under pressure.
Fiscal crisis has led many countries to adjust their defense effort to tax revenues, rather than to threats, implicitly hoping that security challenges will not emerge too soon. Terrorist attacks that took place in France, Turkey and Belgium remind us unfortunately that our opponents are unlikely to adjust their plans to our agenda.
Therefore European countries cannot guarantee their own security without sufficient, well-trained personnel and relevant capacities to deal with crises that are foreseeable in the neighborhood of Europe or even throughout the world. For years the de facto reduction of budgetary resources has led to a minimal size of armed forces, which can rapidly reach the limits of their sustainability.
We need to wake up. This is the key message underlined by the European Union’s Global Strategy published last June. With regard to identified challenges, it is undeniable that defense effort cannot be defined through an abstract target, but needs to take into account core missions entrusted to armed forces as well as required capabilities and human resources necessary to achieve such missions.
Moreover, beyond each country’s defense effort, European countries must mutualize their expenditures to get a better bang for the buck. However it is clear that Europeans are still investing too little jointly. Some major projects, such as FCAS or MALE UAV, open promising perspectives, but they have to be confirmed and there are too few of them.
A strong political impetus is missing to revitalize defense cooperation and use it as the ground for a Europe able to achieve its own security and defense through a comprehensive autonomy. The EU Global Strategy provides a true ambition. Now we must translate this ambition into concrete actions!


As CEO, I must tell you that Engie/Ineo is most honoured to take part in the 14th Summer Defence Conference, devoted to reflecting in-depth upon the generic theme of: "Preparing the war - Conducting operations - Winning the peace".
Within Engie, Engie Ineo has endeavoured to be a high-performance, recognized industrialist through its presence on the "short term" which must be an ongoing concern, as a condition for sustainability, and also through its journey and its investments in the "long-term" which is also a condition for this sustainability. The "long-term" of today prepares the "short term" of tomorrow.
Engie/Ineo is also an industrialist for whom belonging to our Society imposes duties - of competence and anticipation, of respect - and the themes of this conference represent, in this respect, a rewarding experience. The various workshops are as many opportunities for both consistent and comprehensive perspectives which are essential to us. We also expect a lot from the plenary session - Increased Capability in Europe: the 2% Objective - and the Meeting Forum where the Strategic Dialogue on the Mediterranean will be discussed.
My objective, through a broad participation of our engineers and experts, was to benefit as much as possible from the exchanges of the conference and effectively contribute to defence conferences.
Engie/Ineo has been, in its fields of competence, definitely oriented towards the requirements of our Defence, of our Security, and it is within that scope that I would like to develop "pseudo­partnerships", which are the only instruments allowing to develop a strategy of the offer which is particularly relevant in the fields that have drawn our attention.
This is how we have implemented a strategy of the offer in the maintenance sector, and even beyond that, by allowing our forces to better use their potential, while engaging the industrialist in operational performance. This is an innovation which was only possible through constructive dialogue and is ready to be extended, and enhanced in its implementation.
Engie/Ineo now masters many aspects of security, including interconnecting viewing systems (cameras) to process such or such "object" in an image, through successive enhancements, resorting in an increasing number of cases to approaches made possible by Artificial Intelligence. Security also concerns many of our activities and we would like to fully contribute to meeting the challenges of security.
Engie/Ineo has also acquired substantial experience in the field of protected telecommunication, in the field of basic electronic systems for defence systems, as, for example, in the qualification of drones, in the "cyber" domain, be it defensive and/or offensive as the limit is often blurred between the two.
Generally speaking, Engie/Ineo is fully concerned and has genuine expertise in the simulation and augmented reality fields, in "Big Data", so-called "cloud" mass memory, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, etc.
We are convinced that breakthroughs are awaiting us, and we are ready to take up the challenge. At our level, we have always bet on innovation and given freedom to our employees to encourage them to take initiatives and be engaged.
As a result, we implemented a policy a long time ago at Engie/Ineo and I strongly wish to intensify it:
  • Through the development of "pseudo-partnerships" with the users concerned (This is true for the Defence and Security of our nationals and infrastructures, but also, for example, the medical sector, the education sector etc.);
  • Through support via "partnerships" with technologically innovating SMEs/SMIs, that are very often at the origin of systematic innovations;
  • Through support to, and creation of, start-ups;
  • Through a policy of external growth and acquisitions; and
  • As part of Engie's international strategy, the reinforcement of our export efforts.
We have been present in the field of Defence and Security for over half a century. From now on, we would like to increase our presence and develop around our fields of expertise: complex communication, support and maintenance, energy, over the long term.
And for Engie/Ineo, participating in this summer conference - as far as I am concerned, the first as CEO - is therefore an opportunity to reassert our presence and ambition.


Philippe Vannier
EVP Big data & Security & CTO Atos Group
Atos is developing its presence in the Defense world using its skill in adapting civilian information technologies to the constraints of the military sector.
With its Bull brand dedicated to value-added products and software, Atos answers the challenges of Big Data, cyber security and mission-critical systems. Atos is present on the entire chain, from collection to information processing, to help decision making and threats detection.
Tactical networks are an illustration of this know-how. Bull BMS is the Atos information system at the heart of the Scorpion program (SICS). It optimizes the collaborative sharing of tactical information, in quasi real time, for land and air-land combat with a user-friendly interface. Atos also invests in adapting the smartphone to national territory protection missions.


The distressing events that struck France in 2015 put war in the context of a new reality for many French and European citizens.
This 14th Summer Defense Conference invites all defence community stakeholders to reflect on the implications raised by the global dimension of today's conflicts and their resolution.
As an integrated European company, MBDA naturally stands shoulder to shoulder with those who are threatened and directly affected by terrorism.  Our core purpose is to provide the Armed Forces of our parent nations with decisive military capabilities to defend their sovereignty and maintain national security and strategic autonomy.
We work ceaselessly alongside our customers and suppliers to deliver the new technologies that enable these threats to be countered effectively, and to equip our Armed Forces with the operational capabilities required to protect and defend our national interests by setting demanding performance standards that guarantee military, technological and economic benefits at controlled risk and cost within a natural framework of multinational cooperation.
Our defence community partners are constantly under pressure to make difficult budgeting decisions against a background of constantly shifting security threats and the pressing need to retain sovereign control of their defence capabilities. Our company strategy must adapt to these requirements, and we must continue to provide our national customers with proof of our ability to drive innovation and offer not only the right products within a totally autonomous environment, but also the industrial production structure necessary to support their sovereign capabilities in these challenging times.
Our partnership status places upon us the specific obligation to rationalise our costs and our organisational structure. This is the reason why we are experimenting with specialised and federated centres of excellence shared by France and the UK in the spirit of the Lancaster House Treaty that provide for the mutual supply of major components for the MMP, Exocet, Brimstone and ASRAAM missile systems between France and the United Kingdom. The Treaty embodies the joint will of two major European countries and traditional allies to commit to a policy of mutual dependence for the development and supply of future sovereignty protection operational capabilities. In addition, we continue to implement our European industry consolidation strategy with Germany, Spain and Italy, and are committed to developing structured cooperation with Poland and Turkey.
MBDA is also the industrial arm of our defence and foreign policies as a result of the challenges represented by major export contracts.
As we confront challenges on a scale larger and more widespread than ever before, I have every confidence in our ability to drive innovation and provide our customers with the capabilities they need.


“Prepare for war, Conduct operations, Achieve peace” focuses on a global approach, understood and mastered by Babcock International Group.                                            
For decades, we have supported the preparation for war by maintaining military assets in operational conditions and by providing high quality vocational training to the armed forces.
As Europe’s leading provider of engineering support services to states and blue-chip companies, we built our reputation and success on long-term trust based relationships to help our partners, the European armed forces, to focus on their operational preparation and the success of their missions.
For the European armed forces, some of which have been engaged in challenging operations for over 10 years, we are trusted to deliver the maintenance in operational conditions of nuclear submarines, surface vessels, 35,000 land vehicles and 250 training aircrafts and helicopters. Annually, we also deliver 450,000 days of sea training, 100,000 flying hours of training, and 50,000 days of land military training.
Furthermore, we are the first European helicopters operator, delivering 140,000 flying hours per year for critical missions. In France, we deliver HELIDAX in partnership with DCI; we maintain State helicopter fleets and operate 65% of SAMU helicopters.
We differentiate ourselves through our independence, both technical and financial, which enables us to implement bespoke solutions and services adapted to the armed forces challenges.
It is with great enthusiasm that we participate in the Universités d’Eté de la Défense for the first time and we hope to contribute with all the other participants to very successful discussions.


Managing Director
For over 70 years, the ECA Group has developed comprehensive solutions designed for naval, land and air defence, homeland security and special forces for both French and foreign armies, government agencies or private organisations.
With the development of asymmetric conflicts, threats change and the boundaries between armies and homeland security evolve. Moreover, budgetary considerations as well as ensuring the safety of these forces encourage decisions that reduce their exposure. The ECA Group meets these challenges with solutions using state-of-the-art robotics and advanced automatic control systems that multiply the strength of forces while at the same limits their exposure in high-risk areas
The ECA Group offers comprehensive and completely integrated solutions, proven in combat, and deployed by French forces for surveillance, detection, inspection, rapid response and counteraction missions.
The robotic solutions offered by the ECA Group are based on a complete range of air, land and sea drones that can be either remote-controlled or autonomous.  Interoperable, equipped with the best high-performance sensors, and able to process data in real-time, these drones are the basis for solutions used to rapidly and efficiently identify and neutralise risks.
The ECA Group also offers a range of submarine systems as well as specialised equipment for ships, land vehicles and aircraft.
Finally, the ECA Group supplies its customers with a set of solutions for training personnel in driving proficiency or specialised missions based on a complete range of simulators available worldwide.


Jean-Michel PALAGOS
Every year, the Summer Defence Conference brings together key defence leaders from both the political and industrial spheres to discuss the challenges that lie ahead. The theme of this 14th edition—“preparing for war, conducting operations, striving for peace”—is more relevant now than ever, and it reminds us of the necessity of acting together to achieve peace. 
With this in mind, Défense Conseil International (DCI) is delighted to be taking part once again in the Summer Defence Conference. 
DCI is a leading partner of the French Ministry of Defence and plays a key role in transferring French military know-how to allied foreign countries. Created by the government in 1972 to fulfil export contracts in the defence training sector, DCI now employs around 1 000 people in France and abroad.    The company operates in a number of fields, including academic and operational training, maintenance, consulting and technical support.
Drawing on the flexibility of its company status, DCI plays a key role in transferring expertise relative to the international action of the French Armed Forces, in a context of tough operational constraints.  Thus DCI is entrusted with delivering a growing number of training programmes to allied foreign countries. As a result, the latter are able to strengthen their own defence capabilities and also to fight alongside French Armed Forces. Furthermore, DCI employs military experts to provide support for exports, promote our equipment and train future users who select France not only for the quality of its technology, but also for its internationally recognised operational expertise.  
Training, leadership, advice and support form the pillars of DCI's capacity-building approach, and its employees are proud of the role it plays alongside our armed forces and industrialists in making sure that allied foreign countries benefit from French know-how.


Roxel intends to develop offers and increase its international market share in the defence area. As well as proposing high performance products, Roxel also offers support and services through targeted cooperations to satisfy requests from numerous countries.
Roxel is the European leader and world number three for propulsion of rockets and tactical missiles, and is present in all segments of the market involved with the control of key technologies.
By using very modern methods (Lean-Sigma, Leadership Model, etc) Roxel is developing a continuous improvement plan to achieve ambitious goals of reactivity and competitiveness. Roxel also builds on investment and innovation to prepare for the future by researching technologies and processes currently not used with existing products, and therefore generating the best possible value for its customers.