France inaugurates defence industry council

21 January 2019

France held the inaugural meeting of the country’s new defence industrial policy council on 16 January. The council is a new initiative under the reorganisation of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), which was announced in July 2018.

The Comité de Politique Industrielle de Defense council is aimed at helping French forces reform their approach to procurement, and is chaired by armed forces minister Florence Parly with attendance by both large and small to -medium sized enterprise (SME) defence contractors and start-ups, as well as the DGA and the ministry of economics.

It will decide on the direction that defence industry policy will take, meeting at least twice a year to facilitate discussions between the various stakeholders and guide overall industrial policy.

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