With a perspective from the French Navy, in the Indo-Pacific context, Dr. Mazzucchi will discuss on the challenges regarding navies and warship digitalization, especially with the enhanced use of drones – some ships being transformed into kind of “remote carriers” – the digital combat systems, the multi/all domain operations with a vertical integration from seabed to space in modern naval warfighting. Dr. Mazzucchi will then explore the consequences in terms of cyber, regarding vulnerabilities and the cultural change for navies that have to transform their organization and strategy around digital systems, data management issues and other related challenges (electronic warfare at sea, ability to switch back to analogic systems, etc.).
About the Speaker
Nicolas Mazzucchi is a Research Director at the French Navy Center for Strategic Studies (CESM). PhD in Economic Geography from Université Paris-Sorbonne, his career both at the French MoD and in academic institutions is centered around the study of energy, naval strategy and cyberstrategy. Lecturer in Geopolitics for the French War College, the Army Superior Technical College and the Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires, he attended the French War College 25th session in 2017-2018. Scientific advisor in foresight for Futuribles international, Reserve Chief Engineer (LtC) for the Armed Forces Joint Staff, he is involved in high-level discussions at the EU regarding military energy transition and hybrid threats. Author of numerous papers in French and international journals, he published several books on both cyber and energy issue; the latest (with T. Alexopoulos and T. Marketos) being Geostrategic Alliances in the Eastern Mediterranean and MENA (Springer, 2022).