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JUST PUBLISHED – Emerging Strategies in Defense Acquisitions and Military Procurement

Josselin Droff August 29, 2016 Tags: , , , News No comments
Military and defense organizations are a vital component to any nation, but defense procurement has been controversial for years. It has been characterized by several reforms or attempts to reform in order to reduce acquisition costs and increase the introduction of innovative capacities.
Kevin Burgess and Peter Antill (Cranfield University, UK) edited a just-released book, “Emerging Strategies in Defense Acquisitions and Military Procurement” reviewed today’s challenges and possible solutions to improve defense procurement.
Part of IGI’s Advances in Public Policy and Administration series, contributors analyzes the present state of defense organizations, examines reforms and solutions necessary to overcome current limitations of defense procurement. This book highlights methodologies and theoretical foundations that promote more effective practices in defense acquisition.
1. Defence Acquisition: A Practice in Need of Better Theorizing – Kevin Burgess
2 Competition in Defence Practice: Theory and Reality – Trevor Taylor
3 Defence Acquisition Reform and the British Condition: Promises, Betrayal, and Resignation – John Louth
4 Sectoral Polyarchy: How the Inherent Complexity and Risk of Defence Sector Acquisition Devours Innovation and Choice – Dan Bishop
5 Acquisition and Its Theoretical Foundations: A Phenomenon at the Crossroads of Phenomena – Sophie Lefeez
6 Building a Conceptual Framework for Defense Acquisition Management Based on Service Dominant Logic Theory – Andreas H. Glas and Michael Essig
7 Collaborative Defence Procurement: How to Make It Work – Baudouin Heuninckx
8 Critical Raw Materials and UK Defence Acquisition: The Case of Rare Earth Elements – Julieanna Powell-Turner and Peter D. Antill
9 Defence Acquisition: A New Beast or a Dinosaur? – Derrick J Neal
10 Defence Procurement, Innovation, and Value for Money – Robert Charles Wylie
11 Defense Acquisition, Public Administration, and Pragmatism – Keith F. Snider
12 Innovation, Technology, and Defence Procurement: Reform or Paradigmatic Shift? – Renaud Bellais and Josselin Droff
13 Institutional Entrepreneurship in Defence Acquisition: What Don’t We Understand? – Derek McAvoy
14 Professionalism in Defence Acquisition: The Importance of Knowledge and the Concept of the Intelligent Customer – David M Moore
15 The Rationale for Offsets in Defence Acquisition from a Theoretical Perspective – Kogila Balakrishnan
16 Thinking Makes It So: The Foundations of a Theory of Business Ethics in Acquisition – Paul Newall
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JUST RELEASED (in French): “L’armée française en Afghanistan” by Christophe Lafaye (CNRS éditions, Ministère de la Défense)

Josselin Droff May 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , News No comments
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Il s’agit d’un essai sur le déploiement du Génie français en Afghanistan entre 2001 et 2012, qui marque un tournant dans l’histoire de l’armée française car il signe le retour aux techniques de contre-guérilla.

Ce travail en histoire immédiate s’appuie notamment sur un recueil de témoignages réalisé auprès d’une centaine de militaires français du Génie de retour d’Afghanistan entre 2010 et 2013, du 2ème classe au chef d’état-major des armées. C’est la première étude critique de l’engagement de l’armée française et du Génie dans ce conflit. Il aborde sans concessions tous les aspects de cet engagement, y compris les plus difficiles (rupture politico-militaire de 2011, errances de la contre-insurrection, tirs fratricides etc.).

Il bénéficie d’une préface du général Jean-Louis Georgelin, ancien chef d’état-major des armées entre 2006 et 2010.

Christophe Lafaye tiendra plusieurs conférences à l’occasion de la parution de son ouvrage :

–          le vendredi 20 mai à 18h à la librairie Passerelle (Dole)

–          le jeudi 26 mai à 18h au Forum (Besançon)

–          le jeudi 16 juin au Service historique de la Défense (Vincennes) https://www.vincennes.fr/Agenda/Culture-sports-loisirs/Culture-sports-loisirs-2016/Conference-Le-Genie-en-Afghanistan

Just released: La piraterie au fil de l’histoire: Un défi pour l’État (in French)

Josselin Droff December 15, 2014 Tags: , , , Publications No comments
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“La piraterie au fil de l’histoire : Un défi pour l’État”
(Presses de l’Université Paris Sorbonne, 480 pp)

Since the 1990s, maritime piracy re-emerged in statistics, as an immemorial and timeless phenomenon. This collective book, edited by Michèle Battesti (IRSEM), provides an overview of the main past and current trends in maritime piracy. It questions piracy from antiquity to the present, to understand the successes and failures of pirates practices, factors favoring their emergence and the reality of the threats they pose to the freedom of the seas. Authors also discuss the means taken by States to fight pirates to eradicate or contain them to an acceptable level.

Renaud Bellais and Josselin Droff wrote a chapter in this book: “La lutte contre la piraterie comme bien public international : une analyse économique” (pp 233-249).

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