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Lieutenant General Pierre GILLET graduated from Saint Cyr Military Academy, the Infantry School in Montpellier and the Joint War College in Paris. He joined the Foreign Legion as a Combat Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 2nd Foreign Legion Infantry Regiment in Nîmes before taking command of the Recce and Combat Support Company from 1994 to 1996. After being assigned as an instructor at the Infantry School to train newly arrived young officers, he was posted to the French Foreign Legion Command n 2001, then to the Army Staff / Human Resources Policy as head of studies and synthesis from 2003 to 2006. 

Selected for Command in 2006, he was posted to the 2nd Foreign Legion Regiment in Nîmes until 2008 before returning to the Centre for Higher Military Studies in Paris. 

In 2009 he was selected to become Deputy Head of Human resources on the French Joint Staff and, then in July 2011 he became the Deputy Planning Officer at the Joint Operations Centre. 

Promoted to Brigadier General on 1st August 2014, he assumed command of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade in Nîmes. Beside his responsibilities as Local Military Representative for the Gard department and Military Commander of Nîmes, he also commanded the Nîmes-Orange-Laudun Defence Support Base. 

On 1st August 2016, he was appointed Commandant of the Military Schools in Draguignan, Commander of the Draguignan Defence Support Base, Commandant of the Infantry School, and Military Commander of the Draguignan-Canjuers Garrison. 

He was promoted to Major General on 1st August 2017 and appointed Chief of Staff of Rapid Reaction Corps France in July 2018. 

He took command of RRC France on 29th August 2019, promoting to Lieutenant General on the same day. 

During his career, Lieutenant General GILLET was deployed to several operational theatres: Chad (Operation EPERVIER), Saudi Arabia and Iraq (1st Gulf War), Djibouti (Operation ISKOUTIR), twice to Sarajevo (UNPROFOR 2 and multinational brigade), three times to the Central African Republic (EFAO and Operation BOALI COMANFOR SANGARIS) and in Ivory Coast (Operation LICORNE). 

Lieutenant General GILLET is Commander of the Légion d’Honneur, and Commander of the Ordre national du Mérite. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for overseas operations with one vermeil star, and the Croix de la Valeur Militaire with one bronze palm and one star. 

Commander, Rapid Reaction Corps - France (RRC-Fr)

Lieutenant General Pierre GILLET



General Jean Paul Paloméros occupied several positions within the French Air Force. As SACT, General Paloméros was in charge of preparing NATO's military forces and capabilities to face current and future missions assigned to The Atlantic Alliance. His tasks ranged from military strategy, capability development, collective education, training and exercises for 28 NATO nations. General Paloméros has in-depth expertise on the impact of digital transformation and cyberdefence.

Senior Advisor, CEIS, and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT)

General (ret.) Jean-Paul Paloméros


Axel Dyèvre was a cavalry officer for 7 years. From 1995 to 1997, he was a consultant in strategy, following which he was a Senior Partner at DATOPS (now known as LexisNexis Analytics), a software editing firm developing information systems, between 1997 and 2005. There, Axel designed, developed and implemented OSINT solutions (Open source Intelligence) for governmental agencies and private firms.

Axel joined CEIS at the start of the organisation in 1997, and set up the company's European Office in 2006.

He is a  graduate from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Business School) where he followed a Business Management course.

Today, Axel is Director for the Strategy branch of CEIS, overseeing consulting and research activities for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, European institutions, and the private sector. 

Director, CEIS Strategy