4th edition
of the Vauban Sessions

18th & 19th January 2022

From Data to Decision: technical, operational and human challenges for C2



The Marquis de Vauban (1633-1707), Marshal of France and special military advisor to King Louis XIV, was a French military engineer who consolidated and significantly improved the country’s border defences. A prolific builder, he upgraded some 3,000 cities’ fortifications and built 37 new fortresses. These defences remained untouched until the end of the 18th century, when progress in artillery rendered the fortresses obsolete. As an essayist, he developed new standard methods of attacks on fortresses and wrote a memorandum on new French frontier landmarks in France. 

The Vauban Sessions are an initiative of the Rapid Reaction Corps - France (RRC-FR) and CEIS and aim to bring together representatives of military forces from across the NATO Alliance and beyond to exchange lessons learnt and best practices linked to the digital transformation of our Armed Forces.


Registration for the 2022 edition

Information regarding the organisation and registration for the 2022 will be send by email only. Should you wish to participate, please email: 





Please note that all registrations must be approved by the organisers. A formal confirmation will be sent to participants once registration opens.

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Look back at the 2021 edition

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A major consequence of digital transformation is the mass generation of data. In a military context, technological innovation in information and communication systems and the perspectives generated by Artificial Intelligence to efficiently process data are profoundly impacting the pace of operations. While information doubtless gives Armed Forces an edge in operations, how data is gathered, stored, shared and secured must be carefully weighed to ensure adequate decision-making and the ensuing capacity to act.


Building on the success of the 2019 and 2020 conferences, this third edition of the Vauban Sessions will once more bring together high-ranking officers from NATO institutions, national governments, EU bodies, and industry. Discussions will focus on the opportunities and challenges brought about by the advent of Big Data and how to adapt doctrine and procurement to this new landscape.

The 2021 Vauban Sessions were held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. The debates were moderated by General (ret.) Jean-Paul Paloméros, Senior Advisor at CEIS and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT).


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