France names new chief of DGA10/08/17Defence
According to France’s Armed Forces, Joël Barre has been appointed as the new chief of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement office.
In a statement, the ministry said: ‘Joël Barre has an exceptional track record, as much in the DGA as in industry and CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales).’
Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly has expressed her confidence in him.
A key issue for the incoming DGA chief will be how to implement the €850m defence budget cut this year, as decisions will be needed on which programmes should be delayed.
“All the options are being studied,” a DGA official said.
Barre is to present in the coming weeks to the Parly proposals to improve spending plans so they meet the needs of the military, the ministry said. It added: ‘He will look for cutting cost and timetables.’
Innovation and digital technology will be ‘at the centre of his action’ with their closer integration in programmes, the ministry said. The DGA chief will also propose measures to enhance French arms exports.
The defence budget is expected to increase in 2018 as part of a plan to reach 2% of GDP in 2025, so Parly expects the Armed Forces Ministry “to improve its contribution to the economy, innovation and employment”.