Caroline LAURENT

Director – proposed by the French State
Caroline Laurent

Expertise and experience

Caroline Laurent is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1982) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (1987) and a former auditor of the Centre des Hautes Etudes de l'Armement" (Center for Advanced Defense Studies, 2004-2005).

In 1987, she started her career at the DGA Space and Missiles Directorate where she was manager of research projects for satellites, oceanographic and reconnaissance missions.

From 1994 to 1995 she was responsible of the space research for the Ministry of industry and was a key member of the committee in charge of the French space policy.

In 2001, she was appointed as manager of the military telecommunications Syracuse Program and was at the head of all French military satellite communications related programs.

From 2007 to 2011, she served as Head of the Aeronautical Programs. Her Unit was in charge of military transport aircraft, mission aircraft and in service fighter aircraft. She was the French representative to the A 400M program international committee.

From 2011 to 2014, she served as Head of the Space and Information Systems, Her Unit composed of 450 persons invested in the management of armament operation, studies and projects related to communication systems, information and intelligence systems including space sensors up to the treatment of all information data and the command and controls systems.

On December 2014, she was appointed as Head of Strategy at the French DGA and graduated Lieutenant General from the Armament Corps. She is in charge of preparing all future armament programs and of the management of the French defense industrial policy. She is the representative of the DGA in European and multilateral programs, forums and authorities (NATO, European Commission, EDA).


Current offices

  • Safran :
    • Director proposed by the French State: Safran
  • Non-Group :
    • Head of Strategy : French Directorate General of Weapons Procurement
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