The Summer Defence Conference is organised with the support of the Chairmen of the Defence Committees of the French National Assembly and Senate and in the presence of the French Minister of the Armies. Each year, it brings together more than 500 senior national and international political leaders as well as key players in administration and industry. It offers a unique, elite setting for reflection and dialogue to players who ae contributing to building a sustainable international defence community.

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Summer Defence Conference purposes

  • Contribute to building a “defence community”, bringing together stakeholders of all backgrounds
  • Exchange opinions, propose solutions, and create new opportunities for cooperation in the field of defence, through small-group workshops centred on fostering debate
  • Compare ideas with the reality on the ground, by immersing participants in the world of the armed forces
  • Bring together key defence stakeholders, with this unique meeting format designed to promote networking and business meetings

2018 Summer Defence key figures

  • More than 500 very high-profile participants : French and foreign parliamentarians, ministers, European Union and NATO representatives, chiefs of staff, representatives of three armed forces manufacturers, journalists...
  • 25 countries represented
  • 45 partner companies in 2018
  • 1/2 day of immersion in the armed forces
  • 10 workshops and 2 plenary sessions
  • 2 networking lunches, 1 gala evening
  • 1 breakfast debate