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Long distance warfare, winning on contact


Mise à jour : 16/01/2019  - Auteur :  CDEC/DAD  - Direction :  CDEC/DAD/Pub-Comm

Thursday 31 January 2019, the Center for Doctrine and Command Teaching (CDEC) will organize a military thinking conference at 2pm in the Amphitheater Foch, Ecole Militaire  .

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Both on the national territory and further afield, the Army is committed in a global, ever-changing and complex operational environment.

Now, as more and more nations harness new technologies in order to put distance between themselves and the manner of waging war, nonetheless, maintaining contact with the terrain itself and the players on it remains the fighter’s raison d’être.

How can we take on board the paradoxical elements of these developments?

For parties engaged in modern warfare, is proximity the deciding factor of lasting peace?

The debates will revolve around 2 round tables :

Round table n°1

Has long distance warfare eliminated close combat?

Cyberspace has enabled warfare at a distance, while simultaneously establishing a high degree of proximity between parties. How have the new forms of long distance warfare revolutionized close combat across all environments and time periods? What impact does this have on combatants?

Round table n°2

How can maintaining contact help us act together to achieve lasting peace?

With the technological development of precision weapons, certain Western armed forces have adopted the strategy of “no boots on the ground”. Nonetheless, the crises of the 21st century continue to threaten worldwide stability. How can we optimize our footprint in current conflicts? How can we link innovation and close combat? Will the new possibilities offered by long-distance warfare lead humanity into an era of lasting peace?

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