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Office of the Defense Attaché

Published on September 15, 2014
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Defense Attaché
Office of the Defense Attaché

Brigadier General (French Air Force) Vincent Cousin
4101 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Telephone (202) 944-6500
Fax (202) 944-6538
Email contact.mmf@ambafrance-us.org

The Office of the Defense Attaché is headed by a General who represents the French Department of Defense in the United States. The purpose of its mission is multifold:

- to support, to introduce and to justify French defense policy to US political and military officials, by highlighting the capabilities, activities and forces’ equipment.
- to advise the French Ambassador on defense issues.
- to promote and conduct bilateral or international actions within an international framework
- to provide the French Ministry of Defense with information on US political and military issues, to give French authorities information on American defense issues such as services evolution, equipment and overseas deployments.
- to strengthen ties and to enhance mutual understanding by organizing French defense authorities’ visits to the US
- to oversee the French officers posted on military facilities throughout the US.

Therefore, the Office of the Defense Attaché is the essential link between the French and US defense authorities.

Link: www.defense.gouv.fr (in French)


Within the Office of the Defense Attaché, the Defense Cooperation Attaché is the representative of the General Directorate for Armament (DGA). DGA is part of the French Ministry of Defense and has the following missions :
- to equip the Armed Forces, to design and to develop new military systems and finally to assess and test them ;
- to prepare the future of Defense systems, to guarantee the availability of future technologies and expertise, and to ensure the adequacy of the French Technological and Industrial Defense Base.

The specific objectives of the Defense Cooperation Attaché in Washington are threefold:
- to promote cooperation between France and the United States of America, regarding Research and Technology, Programs and Tests for all Defense Services, making sure in particular that the equipment of the two Allies are designed to be fully interoperable when deployed in common operations ;
- to assist French and American Defense industries in their cooperative efforts and to participate in bilateral or multilateral discussions regarding Export Control ;
- to procure, for the benefit of the French Armed Forces, the necessary equipment, which is purchased in the US either from the government (through Foreign Military Sales), or directly from US companies (through Direct Commercial Sales).

Link: www.defense.gouv.fr/DGA (in French)

Telephone (202) 944-6410
Fax (202) 944-64478
E-mail: contact.dga@ambafrance-us.org
Defense Cooperation Attaché
Colonel (Armament Corps)
Laurent MERCIER
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