SatCen welcomes the Centre des Hautes Études Militaires on 14 June
On 14 June 2021, SatCen welcomed the prestigious Centre des Hautes Études Militaires (CHEM). The CHEM provides political-military and strategic training in operations, future preparation, command and organization of armies. It also addresses both national and international aspects of defence and security issues.
The visit presented an excellent opportunity to enrich the strategic thinking around relevant topics and discuss SatCen’s role and support for the European Union’s Security and Defence Policy.
SatCen Director Sorin Ducaru, Deputy Director Giuseppe D’Amico and a team of specialized experts welcomed the visit. The group was briefed on SatCen’s comprehensive mission and operational crossover of providing both “Security from Space” through its core mission of geospatial analysis and “Security of space” through its contributing mission as EU SST Front Desk.
Mr Ducaru presented SatCen’s main activities, highlighting the Centre’s support military and civilian crisis management missions. Additionally, the group received an operational overview showing the Centre’s geospatial analysis support to EU Missions and Operations, to the Member States as well as to FRONTEX, EUNAVFOR MED IRINI and International Organizations such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). Within this context, the CHEM was introduced to the Centre innovative technologies, specifically Artificial Intelligence (AI), used to support operations and border monitoring.
The briefings concluded with an overview of SatCen’s cooperation with the Commission. Mr Denis Bruckert, SatCen’s Head of Copernicus Unit, updated the audience on the new EU Space Programme and the relevance of the Copernicus Programme for the Centre. In particular, The Copernicus SEA Service and the support to FRONTEX in the Copernicus Service for Border Surveillance were addressed. SatCen cooperation with Copernicus strengthens the capacity of the Centre to support EU security policies with geo-spatial intelligence for the benefit of European citizens and EU strategic autonomy and involve strongly the EU Space Industry.
Furthermore, Mr Bruckert highlighted the complementarities between SatCen Copernicus Services and SatCen core services, providing examples of support to different security domains such as -humanitarian aid, Rule of Law, and security for EU citizens abroad, to name a few- as well as discussing the future perspectives of the new security dimension.
The course was keen to learn more about the Centre’s operations and methodologies and proactively engaged in discussion.