The US-French Defense Relationship in a Changing World

September 14, 2018 - 10:00 am

1030 15th Street NW
Washington, DC
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Please join the Atlantic Council for a unique public conversation with French Defense Minister H.E. Florence Parly on the US-French defense relationship in a changing world. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators, Washington, DC 20005).

France, one of Europe’s leading military powers, has worked closely with the United States on common security challenges ranging from counter-terrorism to defense and deterrence in places from Syria to North Africa. Today’s evolving global security environment increasingly presents new challenges and opportunities for the US-French defense relationship in terms of operations, developing capabilities, and beyond.

In light of these questions, this event will feature a keynote address by Minister Parly on the future of US-French defense relations, followed by a moderated conversation and Q&A session.

Register now by clicking on the RSVP button above. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion.

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DATE: Friday, September 14, 2018
TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
West Tower Elevators
Washington, DC 20005

This invitation is transferable and open to the public.
This event is open to the press and on the record.


The US-French Defense Relationship in a Changing World:
A Conversation with French Defense Minister Florence Parly

A Conversation With:

H.E. Florence Parly
Minister for the Armed Forces
French Republic

Moderated By:
Vago Muradian
Editor-In-Chief and Host
Defense and Aerospace Report


H.E. Florence Parly was born in Boulogne-Billancourt on May 8, 1963. After graduating from Sciences Po and the National School of Administration (class 'Fernand Braudel'), she joined the civilian administrative corps of the Budget Directorate. From 1991 to 1993, she was a junior adviser in the Ministry of Public Service, then in the Ministry of Housing and Equipment, and finally in the Ministry of the Interior. In 1993, she returned to the administrative sector where she was appointed as head, protection and social security office in the budget directorate, then for housing, equipment, city and urban planning (1994-1995), and finally for culture and audiovisual matters (1995-1997). In 1997, she served as adviser for budget affairs in Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's office. She was then appointed secretary of state for budget in 2000, a post she vacated in 2002. After her government career, Florence Parly took on the responsibilities of mission head in the France Trésor Agency (2003 – 2004), before becoming chairwoman of the board, Regional Development Agency of Ile-de-France, until 2006. She then chose to work with national companies and joined France's largest industrial and transport corporations. In 2006 she joined Air France and took up the position of director for investment strategy (2006-2008), then deputy director general in charge of Cargo (2008-2012), before becoming deputy director general in charge of short-haul activities (Orly and Escales France) in 2013. Florence Parly joined SNCF in 2014, first as assistant director general, then as director general, "SNCF Voyageurs", in 2016. On June 21, 2017, Florence Parly was appointed Minister for the Armed Forces of the French Republic.

Vago Muradian has been an international security reporter, editor, commentator and broadcaster for nearly 25 years. For 14 years, he was the editor of Defense News, the world’s leading defense news weekly, expanding its network of correspondents to 21 countries. He was also the founding host of Defense News with Vago Muradian, the world’s only TV talk show dedicated to defense issues that for eight years in the Washington area and worldwide on American Forces Network. Before joining Defense News, he was the founder and managing editor of Defense Daily International and the business and international reporter for Defense Daily, the leading US daily newsletter covering the defense and aerospace industry. While at Defense Daily, Vago won numerous awards including for best breaking news coverage in 1998 for his series on the US government’s rejection of the proposed merger between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. He joined Defense Daily from Air Force Times, the independent US publication covering the US Air Force where he covered global operations, including in Europe, Haiti, Somalia and Zaire. Before covering the Air Force, Vago served as Defense News’ the land warfare reporter. He started his career at Inside the Army. Vago has made numerous television appearances on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, conducted radio interviews with local stations as well as international outlets like the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Swiss TV and others. His work has been cited in books and he has been quoted in publications including the Economist.