Who is Gavin Williamson?

So who is Gavin Williamson? With no military experience, never having headed a single ministry and, for most British, a completely unknown entity … until yesterday and his surprise appointment as the UK’s Secretary of State for Defence to replace Michael Fallon, forced to resign on charges of sexual harassment.   “The United Kingdom faces rising threats in a worsening international security […]

RTD will have the means for the job

  Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) will get from Volvo the means it needs to develop after the Swedish group decided not to sell the French military vehicles manufacturer, said Joel Barre, head of the DGA procurement agency, during a hearing on October 18 by the the National Defence and Armed Forces Commission of the National Assembly. Jan Gurander, number 2 […]

High-tech hall to test anti-IED systems

The German Bundeswher will soon have a new facility for the study and development of new on-board detection and protection technologies against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). Unique in Europe, the “L-IED” will open in 2018 in BAAINBw’s Centre for […]

Small defence companies gain ground

France’s Ministry of the Armed Forces published its Yearbook of Defence Statistics on 18 October, which includes a mountain of interesting data, especially concerning the defence industry sector. Published by the Economic Defence Observatory, the report reveals that in 2016 the Ministry of the Armed Forces paid €18.2bn to its suppliers, a 1.8% rise compared […]

First operation in Niger for French A400M

A French air force A400M transport aircraft has carried out its first operational mission to Niger, carrying helicopters, freight and personnel directly from France onto a semi-prepared dirt landing strip. The mission took place over a month ago but the French Air Force publicised it only last week. On 1 September, an A400M Atlas from […]

Future of Germany’s foreign missions?

Without a new coalition, Germany’s military operations abroad could find themselves with no formal mandate by January … unless the current government persuades the newly elected Bundestag to extend these operations for three months without modifying their scope. This is one of the unexpected consequences of the crisis created by the result of Germany’s federal […]

Nuancing the French defence budget

with Christina Mackenzie “Redressing the defence effort of our country” is the motto of the French Defence Budget 2018 presented on 27 September by Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly. The budget, unveiled in broad terms by President Emmanuel Macron on 13 September, will rise by €1.8bn to €34.2bn (excluding pensions) in 2018, an […]

Macron on Defence Europe

“At the beginning of the next decade Europe will have to have a joint intervention force, a common defence budget and a common doctrine.” The French head of state, Emmanuel Macron, could not have given a clearer vision of Defence Europe than he did in a 90-minute speech delivered yesterday at the University of La Sorbonne […]

What of Merkel’s security programme?

And it’s four in a row! Not exactly a surprise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel led her alliance of Christian Democrats of the CSU/CDU to victory in yesterday’s German elections with 33% of the vote. Even if the electoral shock of seeing an extreme right-wing party return to the Bundestag must not be ignored, our role […]

COSME open to defence clusters

What if the construction of a European defence industry was also founded on clusters, those clusters of companies that seem to be flourishing in the four corners of Europe? This is in any case what the European Defence Agency (EDA) is banking on by opening the COSME * programme to defence clusters, with the stated aim […]