The French Naval Academy (Ecole navale) is a public institution serving scientific, cultural and professional purposes, placed under the authority of the Ministry of Defence. It is one of the six French military schools and it provides a higher education to naval officers that leads to an engineering degree. Within the scope of its tasks, Ecole navale develops research activities in the engineering sciences applied to the ship of the future and in the social sciences field.
The French naval academy research institute (IRENAV) develops maritime and naval research activities in the fields of mechanical engineering, energy conversion and maritime information systems and underwater acoustics. It is the essential support for the scientific training of Naval Engineering student cadets in the fields of Mechanics, Energy, Underwater Acoustics, Signal Processing, Computer Science and Information Systems. The institute activities are intended to be dual, addressing both military and civilian research problems in the context of the ship of the future. Research activities are oriented towards mechanics and energy from a hydrodynamic and electrotechnical point of view, observation of the marine environment using underwater acoustic techniques (ASM) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The Chair of "Cyber Defense of Naval Systems" was created in October 2014 under the tutelage of the French Navy as part of the Cyber Action Plan decided by the Minister of the Armed Forces. The Chair is at the heart of a strategic ecosystem driven by issues of cybernetic attacks in the maritime environment. The two industrial partners Naval Group and Thales (leaders of their sector) and research scientists (scientific experts in cyberdefense) reinforce the cyber expertise of the chair.
The Chair of Resilience and Leadership framework is part of the theoretical work of the current of highly reliable organizations (HRO) and the Sense making approach, which analyses the sources of reliability from the angle of increased reliability where the role of the leader is significant.