Introduction to the seminar series

by General Ferlet (Ministère des Armées, DRM).


"What is the status of Geoint in France?" is a new research seminar series organized by Philippe Boulanger (Professor of Geography) from October to December 2020.


Indeed, Geospatial Intelligence is a booming business sector in France. The origin of its conception appeared in the United States in the 1980s and its use was reinforced with the creation of the National Geospatial Agency in 2003, which defined its nature and use. In American military doctrine, it is defined as the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe and visualize physical factors and geolocalized activities on Earth (Geospatial Intelligence in Joint Operations, Joint Publication 2-03, October 2017). It thus relies on spatial imagery and geolocalized information of physical spaces as well as human activities supplemented by other information for national security purposes.

Geoint would thus be the simultaneous combination of a set of existing geospatial tools and practices associated with the growing advances in digital technologies that involve new knowledge possibilities: traditional mapping, spatial imaging, synthesis of information from multiple sensors, real-time geolocation, and geopolitical analysis. It is becoming a synthesis discipline at the center of a set of activities related to information, cartographic representation and spatialized analysis. It is therefore a vehicle for transformation that goes beyond the military framework, since it contributes to rethinking the very conception of geography (i.e. the study of the relationship between territory and societies) for defense and security purposes.


What is the status of Geoint in France? This seminar is in line with the reflections carried out within the framework of the Geography and Defense research seminar organized since 2013. Speakers from the defense industry, various ministries and civilian companies will present the importance of Geoint as an essential field of expertise, a necessary field of action for military operations and a booming sector of economic activity.
The seminar sessions will take place at the Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence (Pierre and Marie Campus) on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. between the beginning of October and the end of December: September 29, October 6, October 13, October 20, November 3, November 10, November 17, November 24, December 1, December 8, December 15.