Admiral Pierre-Francois Forissier - French Navy

Indeed, well before the latest downturn, the economic conditions required that a new format be defined for our armed forces, that major armament programs be re-evaluated, and that our defense tool be deeply modified. Since our capabilities might be temporarily affected by delayed programs, it was difficult to accelerate a process that, for our Navy, would have led to profoundly reassessing its operational consistency at a time when its assets are increasingly in demand.

The analysis of the economic downturn has shown that it is necessary to think the state's action through over the long term. Already, our governments are more aware of the strategic maritime challenges linked to globalization and to increased imbalances, as well as of the environmental or climate risks. To anticipate and prevent is less costly, over time, than to intervene. As far as the French Navy is concerned, this translates into the ability to tailor a naval posture capable of a rapid build-up, consistent with our maritime awareness and with our concern over preventing crises throughout the theaters where our presence is required.

The economic downturn reinforces the uncertainty and instability of our world. The French Navy contributes to giving France an action capability compatible with its defense and foreign-policy goals.


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