"Understanding in order to act, understanding each other in order to act together".

The Institut des hautes études de défense nationale (IHEDN) is a public institution with an interministerial dimension, placed under the supervision of the Prime Minister. defence cultureto help strengthen the national cohesionand to contribute to the development of a strategic thinking on defence and security issues.

IHEDN offers a range of courses:

  • a national sessionThe programme consists of a common core open to all auditors (senior civil or military managers from all sectors of activity) and 5 majors focusing on specific issues: armaments and the defence economy, defence and economic security, maritime issues and strategy, defence policy, digital sovereignty and cybersecurity.
  • from European and international sessions
  • from regional sessions
  • from youth cycles
  • from specialised cycles

Each year, the Institute's training and information activities involve around 11,000 participants.

Activity report

"The new strategic context gives full meaning to the IHEDN's missions". Read the interview with Lieutenant General Benoît Durieux and Prefect Denis Conus, respectively Director and Deputy Director of the IHEDN. 

Our values

COMMITMENT : to encourage and promote the commitment of our listeners to the service of the Nation and the State, as well as their long-term involvement in spreading the spirit of defence in our country.

EXCELLENCE : to provide high-calibre auditors with excellent training, aimed at refining their understanding of defence and security issues and fostering strategic thinking on these complex challenges.

DIVERSITY : to recruit auditors from all spheres of society and from a variety of business sectors, driven by a shared desire to think and act together to defend the country's strategic interests and work to strengthen national cohesion.

OPENNESS TO OTHERNESS : opening up to the otherness of cultures; stimulating questioning; putting oneself in a position to go beyond one's specific sphere of expertise to put one's initial point of view into perspective; decompartmentalising knowledge; bringing together worlds that are often separate and usually don't talk to each other.

SHARE : to encourage the exchange of ideas, the sharing of experience and the pooling of skills; to forge a common defence culture, based on shared values; to weave a network of solid relationships between auditors, united by the same desire to make a lasting commitment to the service of their country.

NEUTRALITY : to ensure, within the various training sessions and cycles, the conditions for freedom of thought and expression conducive to the development of an informed and adversarial debate on defence and security issues, while ensuring compliance with the rules of loyalty, discretion and neutrality that are more particularly implied by military status.

RESPECT FOR CONFIDENTIALITY : demand the confidentiality of the information exchanged, particularly since the lectures given to the audience, whether civilian or military, are subject to the Chatham House Rule.

IHEDN is Qualiopi certified: