General Jacques Langlade de Montgros, new head of French military intelligence

His name had been mentioned for two weeks. General Jacques Langlade de Montgros takes over as head of the Military Intelligence Directorate (DRM), one of the six French services specializing in intelligence (1). At 52, this Saint-Cyrian has the confidence of the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Thierry Burkhard, with whom he worked at the Center for Planning and Command of Operations (CPCO), as well as that of the Minister of the armies Florence Parly, of which he was a member of the cabinet, and that of the President of the Republic.

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Raised to the rank of general of army corps (4 stars) during the council of ministers of April 13, Jacques Langlade de Montgros must lead the DRM transformation project, which began several months ago. With an increase in staff: 2,120 agents in 2022, compared to 1,896 in 2021.

“Operations” advisor to Florence Parly

General Langlade de Montgros’ past experience in the world of intelligence should be an asset. From 2007 to 2010, he belonged to the “reserved office” of the office of the Minister of Defense, in charge of relations with the intelligence services of the ministry (DGSE, DRM, DRSD), when the National Intelligence Coordination was created in 2008. He also held, from 2015 to 2017 , the function of head of the intelligence office of the CPCO, the heart of the chain of command for all French military operations.

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The officer then became an adviser to the cabinet of the Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly. In charge of the operations and international relations cell, he monitored in particular the situation in the Sahel, the scene of the French military operation Barkhane.

A wise eye on the Russian group Wagner

Central African Republic, Chad, Bosnia, Afghanistan: the general has a long experience in the field, as former corps commander of the 1st regiment of paratrooper hussars in Tarbes, from 2010 to 2012, and former commander of the 11th parachute brigade in Toulouse, from 2019 to 2021. He then assumed command of the European Union Training Mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM-RCA) until February 2022.

A post in Bangui, where he observed the “control exercised by mercenaries from the Wagner company over the Central African armed forces”, he told AFP, in December 2021, after the suspension of EU training actions. Methods that he should continue to observe in Europe. In recent weeks, some mercenaries from the Russian private military group have moved from the Central African Republic and Libya to Ukraine, according to our information.

DRM facing a “data tsunami”

Created in 1992, the DRM is directly involved in planning military operations and anticipating crises. It is also required to process an exponential mass of digital information. A real “data tsunami” from military and commercial satellites or open sources on the Internet, requiring the intervention of artificial intelligence algorithms.

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At the end of March, General Burkhard’s decision to separate from the previous director of the DRM, General Éric Vidaud, after barely seven months, was linked to his ability to lead this “major reform”. But the reproach of an insufficiency of the service to foresee the Russian invasion in Ukraine also weighed a lot and made more noise. General Burkhard had publicly admitted, on March 4 in The worldthat the French intelligence services had made an erroneous analysis of the situation, unlike the Anglo-Saxon countries.

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General Jacques Langlade de Montgros, new head of French military intelligence

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