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Jean-Michel Palagos, Chairman&CEO and Julia Maris, Deputy CEO
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A letter from the executive office
Interview with Jean-Michel Palagos and Julia Maris
Jean-Michel Palagos : I regard 2016 as a year of consolidation, with several major projects reaching completion. Our flagship project involves introducing digital technology into our training methods. We made major investments in modern teaching facilities and innovative learning resources.

Julia Maris : We have therefore had to take pivotal decisions, starting with the preparation of a new business model to transform DCI and enhance its performance in the years to come. Secondly, there is the move of our headquarters to the south-west of Paris. By giving us double the space, our new premises will help the growth of our teams and the rapid development we have experienced in recent years.
2016 challenges
Anticipation
  • Pre-empting countries friendly with France’s needs, some of them facing a consistently low oil price.
Support
  • Providing support on methods of skills-transfer and maintenance, repair and operations in the defence sector, help countries friendly with France adapt to the new economic situation.
Synergies
  • Enhance synergies with French armies thanks to an investment policy to develop training capacities to supplement those of the French armed forces.
2016 missions and projects
A MAJOR PLUS FOR COUNTRIES FRIENDLY WITH FRANCE

Over the years, interest in French military competence has remained strong. This is largely due to the performance of French forces in different theatres of operation. Countries friendly with France want to acquire similar equipment and training, and adopt the same organisation to attain high-level military capabilities - that is what DCI offers.

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New Saudi Arabian National Guard class
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Artillery and infantry officer training at the CIF-D
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Second class arrives at CIF-ESCC
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First graduation ceremony at Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan Academy
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Diplomas awarded within the Foreign Officer Programme (CENOE)
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Kuwaiti fighter pilot training
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Qatar’s Air Academy 2 project takes off
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Navigator/weapon systems officer training for the Republic of Singapore Air Force
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Transport navigator training for the Republic of Singapore Air Force
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Training of first Kuwaiti transport pilots at Avord
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140 Qatari aeronautical maintenance apprentices at the FDAI
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New class of United Arab Emirate trainees at the FDAI
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Air defence system deployment exercise organised by the French Air Force
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Singapore Special Forces (CIF-H)
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Creation of Helang Flying Academy
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Mexican delegation visits CIF-H
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Inauguration of new CIF-H buildings
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15th session of the OPSDEP course “Operations for head of Department”
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Partnership between DCI and Royal Brunei Technical Services
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Egyptian LHD training
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Egyptian FREMM operational training
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Training at sea for the crew of the first Indian Scorpène
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DEFNET
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Cyber training for European partners
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Cyber Singapore
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First drone strategy training session
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Training of future Emirati operators of two Airborne Electronic Reconnaissance System (AERS) aircraft
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Support for Saudi naval forces
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Reinforcement of the Al Hamra Training City project
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Continuation of the training and assistance project
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Support for the Republic of Singapore Air Force
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RECRUITING DIVERSE PROFILES
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POSITIVE LABOUR RELATIONS
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OFFERING A STIMULATING AND MOTIVATING ENVIRONMENT
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GUARANTEEING WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY
DCI’s approach
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Key figures
Despite a year that could at best be termed complex in the Middle East, the DCI group showed resilience in 2016, having achieved a stable level of activity compared with the previous year. Not including Helidax, navOcéan and ALHWS, the consolidated order book of DCI and its wholly owned subsidiary DCI-SA stood at € 326.3 m on 31 December 2016, i.e. around 18 months of sales.
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people trained by DCI in France and other countries during the year
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M€ ORDER BOOK IN 2016
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DCI GROUP SALES IN 2016
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GROWTH IN DCI GROUP SALES OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS (2012-2016)
Since its very beginnings, DCI has worked in close partnership with the different entities of the French Ministry for Armed Forces, particularly with the three forces and the Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). At its 20 training centres located on French military bases, DCI provides outstanding training that meets the standards of the French armed forces. In practical terms, it involves more than 540 trainees a year who come to France from six different nations particularly from the Near and Middle East and Asia. As the latest training centre backed by French prestigious military academies, the International Centre for Academic and Aeronautical Training (Centre International de Formation Académique et Aéronautique - CIFAA) in Salon de Provence was set up in 2014. On top of providing additional capacities, DCI has invested extensively in recent years to develop "high-performance" training methods. Investments have been made in two areas: firstly training, with the rollout of innovative learning tools including simulation and virtual reality – in addition to the "New Generation" classroom; and secondly, infrastructure, with the renovation of reception facilities and accommodation for foreign trainees at French military sites.
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AN ATTRACTIVE, COMMITTED COMPANY
With over 1,000 employees at the end of 2016, from the French forces and the civilian world, DCI combines two cultures to form a unique company.
1079 employees
663 in France 61%
416 abroad 39%
Human resources
DCI, AN OUTSTANDING, SINGULAR COMPANY
Openness :
  • a broad range of talents and cultures
  • an international dimension
Transfer :
  • high-level expertise
  • bespoke instruction
Commitment :
  • customer-driven performance
  • inspired employees
A FRENCH HOME BASE FOR AN INTERNATIONAL MISSION
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