From 10 to 13 October, auditors gathered in Saint-Brieuc for another week of lectures, industrial visits and, of course, committee work. Laure Schiettecate, a professor at Science Po Rennes, presented the challenges facing the French security and defence industry, before Army General Marc Watin-Augouard gave an overview of the strategic challenges of cyber, particularly for the defence community. Eric Lesage, Regional Director of INSEE Brittany, provided an objective overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the Brittany region, based on figures. Listeners were also immersed in military themes, with contributions from Lieutenant General Laurent Michon, General Officer of the Western Defence and Security Zone, and Rear Admiral Samuel Majou, who took listeners into the world of the French Navy's FORCUSO. Frigate Captain Alexandre Arkwright of the French Space Command also explained France's space strategy. Finally, a lecture on the Olympic Games from a geopolitical perspective was given by Eric Monin, Vice-President of the University of Franche-Comté in charge of Olympism. This concluded the week's lecture series.
As for the industrial visits, they helped the audience to understand the local issues facing the Côtes d'Armor and Brittany. Questions of food and industrial sovereignty were raised during a visit to the COOPERL agri-food cooperative in Lamballe. The 233rd session then visited the Anticipa technology cluster in Lannion to discover an anthill of cutting-edge companies in the technology sector. The visit to Exail, a French nugget specialising in fibre optics, was a great success. Finally, listeners went to the port of Lézardrieux to find out from Ailes Marines how the wind farm in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc is being built and commissioned.
The IHEDN would particularly like to thank Stéphane Rouvé, Prefect of the Côtes d'Armor, for coming to meet our students during the week.