Uncover the Unsettling Changes in France’s Nuclear Realm

Big changes are underway at the Direction des applications militaires (DAM), part of the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA). Long-time head Vincenzo Salvetti has stepped down, and his replacement is already making waves.

Demoment Takes the Helm

Jérôme Demoment has been appointed as the new head of the DAM, assuming the role on April 1. Demoment is a DAM veteran, joining the organization as a contingent scientist after graduating from the École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles in Paris. His prior position was Director of Nuclear Weapons, where he was in charge of weapons and simulation programs.

Key Role in French Nuclear Deterrence Strategy

The DAM is a central component of 's nuclear deterrence strategy. It handles the development and renewal of nuclear warheads and provides expertise in nuclear naval propulsion.

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DAM’s Reach and Resources

The organization boasts a workforce of around 5000 people, including 200 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, with an annual budget of 2.7 billion euros.

Among the core values held by the DAM are commitment, integrity, ambition, accomplishment, and teamwork. These values have helped shape the organization into a leading force in nuclear research and development.

A Look Back at Salvetti’s Achievements

Under Salvetti's leadership, the DAM maintained nuclear propulsion competencies and capabilities for future carriers and submarines. He also initiated a strategy to and overhaul production tools for weapons and boilers.

Salvetti's tenure saw significant expansion of experimental capabilities at the ÉPURE facility. Furthermore, the launch of EXA 1, the most powerful supercomputer in , was another notable achievement during his time at the helm.

The transition from Salvetti to Demoment marks a new chapter for the DAM. Under Demoment's leadership, the organization is expected to continue its important work in maintaining and developing France's nuclear capabilities.

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