Thursday, June 25, 2015

José Prince [Ex'14] outstanding cadet in the aeronautics core course

Congratulation to José Prince [Ex'14], who was the best cadet in the Aeronautics core course last fall...
The typo on the roll of honor will be fixed soon.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FaireFace on LinkedIn

If you are a LinkedIn user, please follow me (Jérôme D'OLIVEIRA) to get updates directly in LinkedIn.

Procedure :
1. Follow this link
2. Click on "Connect" (if it doesn't appear, it must be hidden under the "Send Jérôme InMail" button)

... and that's it!

Général Reboul [Ex'84] à la tête de la transformation du CEAM

Article publié le 17 juin 2015, par Emmanuel Huberdeau, sur le site d'Air&Cosmos

Bourget 2015 : Le CEAM évolue

C'est un changement de nom qui traduit une réforme profonde. Le CEAM ne sera bientôt plus le Centre d'Expérimentation de l'Armée de l'Air mais le Centre d'Expertise Aérienne Militaire. A l'étranger le CEAM se présente désormais comme le "Air Warfare Center" français.

L'acronyme reste donc le même, mais le nouveau CEAM voit son champ de compétence s'élargir. Le centre reste le spécialiste des équipements au sein de l'Armée de l'Air mais il devient également le référent pour la doctrine et l'expertise technique du combattant. Le général Reboul, son commandant, explique que ces trois piliers sont le fondement de la capacité militaire de l'armée de l'Air.

Le CEAM a désormais six grandes missions : la conduite des études exploratoires, le soutien à l'acquisition de nouveaux équipements, la rédaction des doctrines d'emploi, l'exploitation des retours d'expérience, la formation de cadres référents au sein des unités et le conseil aux chefs opérationnels.

Le centre, dont la structure de commandement est basée à Mont de Marsan, gardera donc  ses fonctions traditionnelles. Il test par exemple tous les équipements devant entrer en service dans l'armée de l'Air, des systèmes les plus sophistiqués aux plus simples. Mais désormais c'est également le CEAM qui rédigera la doctrine d'emploi de ces équipements, le "mode d'emploi de la bataille" comme la décrit le général Reboul. L'un des axes majeurs de la réforme du CEAM est la création d'un stage afin de former les futurs réferents du centre d'expertise au sein des unités. Ces stagiaires seront formés à la méthodologie qui leur permettra de diffuser et transmettre les meilleures pratiques, mais aussi de favoriser la réflexion personnelle et collective et de bâtir les retours d'expérience. Le CEAM compte former une vingtaine de référents par an qui seront issus de toutes les unités de l'armée de l'Air. La formation sera aussi ouverte aux spécialistes des opérations aériennes de la Marine et de l'armée de Terre.

Le CEAM continuera de s'appuyer sur près de 700 experts regroupés au sein de trois domaines : le C2 (Commandement et Contrôle) et l'ISR (Renseignement), la projection et l'intervention. 200 personnes travaillent au sein de centres d'expertise. Le général Reboul met en avant notamment ses experts de la guerre électronique, qui selon lui, sont parmi les meilleurs au monde.

La réforme du CEAM sera effective à partir de septembre 2015, mais dans les faits les premières actions ont déjà été mises en place.

Général Richard Reboul

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thomas GIL [Ex’14] represented the French Air Force Academy at the Pegasus-AIAA student conference

The 2015 edition of the Pegasus conference was held in Salon-de-Provence at the French Air Force Academy. Pegasus stands for “Partnership of a European Group of Aeronautics and Space UniversitieS” and was created to “attract the best students and also to offer highly relevant educational and research programs”. Every year, a competition gathers European students.

This year, 30 students from 13 different institutions in 7 different countries presented their scientific papers in Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design, Propulsion, Safety, Space Engineering, Flight Dynamics or Structures.

For the first time, the French Air Force Academy attended this competition and 2nd Ltt Thomas GIL was in charge to represent it. His article (published below) dealt with the roughness-induced boundary-layer transition experiment in a Mach 6 Ludwieg tube.

While he was at USAFA for his semester exchange, in addition to his humanities courses, he had to conduct a research on the recently bought Ludwieg Tube. Broadly speaking, this Ludwieg tube is a specific wind-tunnel which enables to test different designs at Mach 6 or 7.

Hypersonic represents an important challenge for researchers and for the Air Forces. Space exploration requires this studies but also Air power, given that a high velocity vector can provide several advantages to penetrate the enemy defenses.

Thomas GIL was not the first French cadet working on this wind-tunnel: 6 cadets in pairs took part on the project since 2012. Such an involvement in only 3 years reveals again the high level of cooperation between our two academies. Cooperation will go on with another cadet working on it this Fall.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Graduation 2015: SecAF to cadets: ‘Lead Us Into The Future’

Originally published in (May 29, 2015).

SecAF to cadets: ‘Lead Us Into The Future’
By Cheryl Pellerin, DoD News, Defense Media Activity / Published May 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -- Cadets graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy as second lieutenants are entering the profession of arms at a time of unprecedented change and challenges, said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James to the Class of 2015 May 28, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Delivering the commencement speech at the Academy’s Falcon Stadium, James said changes in geopolitics, technology and threats had taken place since the cadets began their four years of intense leadership training.

“Four years ago we were engaged across the world in many different missions and today we still are, but I would give that an uptick -- we are more globally engaged than we were four years ago,” James told the audience, detailing the changes.

Some of the world actors have changed, as have locations our nation worries about, she said.

Narrowing gaps

“Our budgets are tighter, and from a technological standpoint the gaps between us and our nearest competitors are closing,” James said.

A high operations tempo coupled with frequent deployments and aging equipment prompt concerns about readiness across the Air Force. And disruptive technologies and weapons once possessed only by advanced nations are in the hands of a growing cast of nonstate actors and terrorist organizations, the secretary said.

“China and Russia meanwhile are plowing full-speed ahead with their military modernization programs,” she added, “and they're developing worrisome advanced capabilities like anti-air, counter-space and defensive cyber warfare capabilities.”

In the last year alone, the Air Force helped take the fight to the Middle East against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the secretary said. Airmen helped curb the Ebola epidemic in Africa, provided humanitarian aid after multiple earthquakes in Nepal, and helped reassure U.S. allies in Europe against a resurgent Russia.


“If there’s one thing that’s clear to me in the year and a half that I've been honored to be secretary of the Air Force, it’s that when big things happen around the world, the president of the United States calls 1-800-USAF and … we kick into action -- big time,” she said.

Because the pace of operations is unlikely to slow, James urged the graduating cadets “to lead us into the future because you are the next generation of leaders that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter calls the force of the future.”

Future Air Force leaders must be open to new ideas, welcome new ways of doing business and understand that the world is much more dynamic and complex than it has ever been, she told the cadets.

Deter, defend

“Remember, graduates,” James said, “ultimately we exist for one reason, and that is to deter and defend and if necessary to fight and win America's wars.”

Everyone, she added, regardless of job description, career field or whether they are active duty, guard, reserve or civilian -- has a role to play in the fundamental mission.

“Secretary Carter and I believe that your success, your ability to lead us into that future and to fight and win America's wars, will rest on three main pillars,” James said.

The first is to extend the technological edge over potential adversaries, she said. The second is to ensure that the Air Force is efficient and accountable and the third is to ensure that the future force leverages the finest talent America has to offer.

Of the more than 800 cadets graduating today from the Academy Class of 2015, 89 are continuing on to graduate school, 360 are going directly into pilot training, 44 are destined for nuclear or missile operations, and 89 are headed for the fields of space and cyberspace, the secretary said.

Diversity, inclusion

The Class of 2015 also is one of the most diverse classes in academy history, with more than 20 percent women and 26 percent minorities, James said.

“Going forward,” she said, “I think we can and must do even better, because … our future readiness will depend in part on our ability to successfully draw the best talent from every sector of society and every corner of this nation.”

This, she added, is why the Air Force is committed to “diversity and inclusion in our Air Force, to expanding opportunities for women, … removing barriers for same-sex couples (and) creating more on ramps and off ramps,” so personnel can more seamlessly go from active duty to national guard or reserve and back at different times in their careers.

“It's why we're developing leaders who are committed to an ethical and expert profession of arms and will focus on a culture where everyone is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” the secretary said, “leaders who will take care of their people (in) an Air Force where sexual assault simply has no safe haven.”

Bottom line

James said the bottom line for future airmen is to institute Air Force core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all they do -- in every action going forward.

“I charge you to lead us into a future where you will need to confront and … overcome challenges unlike anything you could have imagined. You'll be asked to solve complex and multifaceted problems and your resolve will be tested over and over,” James said.

She added, “I charge you to lead us into the future with a more diverse and inclusive workforce and to help foster an environment and culture of dignity and respect, and … to care for the men and women under your command as well as their families.”

Congrats !