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VAUBAN

 VAUBAN

 

The VAUBAN session took place in the beautiful and historic citadel of Lille city, France. It was organised by the Rapid Reaction Corps-France (RRC-Fr) in partnership with CEIS1.

The one-day conference brought together 200 representatives from NATO Nations’ High Responsive Forces, both NATO and EU MoDs, and private companies for a deep-dive into new requirements, training needs and possible technological solutions for operations in cyberspace.

As a new battlespace, CYBER was officially recognised as an operational domain by NATO in 2016. The CYBER governance came up with an action plan and CYBER is slowly taken in account by the Alliance. Nations’ High Responsive Forces trained defensive CYBER and tend to introduce more experimentation on how offensive cyber could be used. The main issue is the constant evolving threat. Training of the cyber specialists is therefore a real concern.

During this session, demonstrations of new technologies were conducted. The most interesting part was the presentation of potential future C2 tools which would rely on a joint "data lake" concept. Tools implementing AI would then pick up relevant data from the lake to analyse situations and advice the commanders in order to enhance the decision making process and eventually to improve their decisions. Another relevant demonstration showed us the improvements made in virtualisation of an environment in order to train individuals on basic procedures.


1 CEIS : Compagnie Européenne d’Intelligence Stratégique – French compagny based in Paris and Bruxelles