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20 programs to strengthen the armies and preserve the French industrial fabric

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Between the health and economic crisis linked to the Covid19 virus, and the security crises shaking the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Asia and Eastern Europe, there is no shortage of areas of concern for French political leaders in responsible for defense, public finances and industry. But while these files are managed today in isolation, a global vision would make it possible to consider solutions that meet all the needs and contextual requirements.

Strengthening the French armies, an imperative need

Although the Military Programming Law 2019-2025 has undoubtedly made it possible to stem the capacity hemorrhage which has affected the French armies for more than 20 years, it has not, nor will it, make it possible to respond to the real needs of the armies in terms of format and equipment in the coming decade. For the moment, this LPM remains fixed on the quantitative and qualitative objectives defined by the White Paper of 2013 , while the international situation was quite different, with, for example, a heavy armored force limited to 200 combat tanks, a force air force with only 185 fighters, and a fleet with only 15 frigates and 6 attack submarines, while the overall size of the armies is around 205,000 soldiers.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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