State of play of Geospatial Intelligence in France

October 4: "Geoint and Intelligence Operations" by a member of the Intelligence Command Operations Directorate, Ministry of the Armed Forces

Research seminar 2022-2023
Under the direction of Philippe Boulanger (Professor at Sorbonne University Letters) and Alexandre Papaemmanuel (Digital-IHEDN commission)

Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence – SCAI
Campus Pierre and Marie Curie – Jussieu
Durand Amphitheater
4, Place Jussieu 75005 Paris

September-December 2022
Free entry without reservation

Geospatial Intelligence is a booming business sector currently in France. It 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 use and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe and visualize physical factors and geolocated activities on Earth (Geospatial Intelligence in Joint Operations, Joint Publication 2-03, October 2017). It is thus based on spatial imagery and geolocated information of physical spaces and human activities, supplemented by other information for national security purposes.
Geoint would thus be the simultaneous combination of a set of already existing geospatial tools and practices associated with the growing progress of digital technologies which suppose new possibilities of knowledge: traditional cartography, spatial imagery, the synthesis of information coming from multiple sensors, real-time geolocation and geopolitical analysis. It becomes a synthesis discipline at the center of a set of activities related to information, cartographic representation and spatial analysis. It is therefore a bearer of transformation that goes beyond the military framework since it participates in rethinking the very conception of geography (i.e. the study of the relationship between territory and societies) for the purposes of defense and of security.

This seminar is a continuation of 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 civil companies will present the importance of Geoint as a field of essential skills, a field of action necessary for military operations and booming sectors of economic activity.

Seminar sessions take place at the Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence (Pierre and Marie de Jussieu Campus) on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. between September and December: September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, November 8, November 15, 22 November, November 29, December 6.