DPSD - Directorate for Defense Protection and Security
The Directorate for Defense Protection and Security (formerly Securite
Militaire - SM - Military Security) is responsible for military counterintelligence operations, as well as political surveillance of the military, ensuring the political reliability of the armed forces, and other military security duties.
Direction de la Protection et de la Securite de la Defense
In December 1995 DPSD Director Roland Guillaume was promoted to a full general, and his mandate as DPSD chief was renewed. The move was seen as reflecting approval of his renovation and modernization of the "old-fashioned" SM into a modern counter-intelligence and
security service. The planned 1997-2002 military budget left the DPSD stable with 1,620 personnel.
The DPSD has carried out some surveys, particularly in order to assess the impact of the far Right in the barracks. The DPSD survey shows that 10 percent of the military vote for [FN Leader] Le Pen, some 5 percent less than the national average. Rather than about the FN vote, the DPSD is worried about the growing influence of traditional Catholic circles among officers.
Sources and Methods
- "FRANCE WINNERS AND LOSERS IN 'DOWNSIZING'" Intelligence, N. 36, 29 April 1996, p. 44
- "FRANCE - Roland Guillaume" Intelligence, N. 26, 20 November 1995, p. 21
- France: Survey Shows 10 Percent of Military Vote for Le Pen FBIS-WEU-97-143 23 May 1997
Created by John Pike
Maintained by Steven Aftergood
Updated Wednesday, November 26, 1997 5:56:23 PM