Armed drones mooted for Barkhane
The French defence ministry has officially been opposed to arming the Reaper drones that the French Air Force is to [...]
The COS (Commandement des Operations Speciales), France’s special operations command, has authority over all of the French forces’ Special Forces units. Based on the model of the USSOCOM, the COS reports directly to the chief of defence staff and often operates under the orders of the French president. It is frequently in competition with the DGSE’s Service Action on clandestine operations.
France’s military export agency ODAS, which is headed by Admiral Edouard Guillaud, is under increasing pressure from the French ministry of defence and from key international clients who are unhappy about the way it is being run. Saudi defence minister fuming [...]