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

In his post at the Army Inspectorate, he will replace the deposed former director to oversee the restructuring of French intelligence.

General Jacques Langlade de Montgros has been appointed to head France’s military intelligence (DRM) service after the ouster of a previous director blamed in particular for the failings of his services in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, AFP learned on Wednesday, April 13 source trusted.

The appointment of this Saint-Cyrien, former commander of the 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment (2010-2012), confirms information published by the weekly on Wednesday Point. The closed world of intelligence is no stranger to General Langlade de Montgros, who from 2007 to 2010 was attached to the reserved office of the Secretary of Defense’s cabinet, responsible for relations with the ministry’s intelligence agencies, following the creation of the National Intelligence Coordination (2008).

Subsequently, the officer was Head of the Intelligence Office of the Center for Planning and Conduct of Operations (CPCO) from 2015 to 2017, before being appointed to the Operations – International Relations cell of the Cabinet of the Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Negotiating. From 2019 to 2021 he commanded the 11th Parachute Brigade in Toulouse before heading the European Union Mission to the Central African Republic until February 2022. Since then he has been an inspector at the Army Inspectorate.

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Adapt

The new director will have to lead the DRM transformation project launched more than a year ago, aimed at adapting military intelligence to the intensification of crises and the exponential mass of data to be processed. He will replace General Éric Vidaud of the Special Operations Command (COS), who was appointed to the post last summer. His appointment had been the result of chair games that had caused quite a stir in the military community.

In early March, shortly after Russian forces invaded Ukraine, Chief of Defense Staff General Thierry Burkhard had acknowledged the disagreements between the French and Americans over a possible Russian offensive against Kyiv.


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