18-19 January 2021
Lille, France


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.

The 2021 Vauban Sessions will take place just ahead of the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC), held in Lille on 19-21 January 2021. Visit for more information.

Vauban Sessions

2021 edition



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 some 150 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 Vauban Sessions will be moderated by General (ret.) Jean-Paul Paloméros, Senior Advisor at CEIS and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT).


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