An aeronautical engineer with degrees from the French Air Force Academy and War College, Philippe Gasnot began his career as a pilot of military transport aircraft in the French Air Force. Rising to the rank of air commodore, he served as commander of the Toulouse air base and commander of France's ministerial air transport services. At the Ministry of Defense, he has held the position of assistant director of “Defense, Technology and Proliferation policy, before becoming deputy director of the Strategic Affairs Delegation (2003-2008), the ministry’s think tank. He ended his military career as commander of the French Air Support bBrigade (BAAP) from 2009 to 2012. Named CNRS defense and security officer in September 2012, he has also been director of the DIRSU since January 2014.
- Ensure the security of international exchanges
- Ensure the security of information systems
- Implement defense measures (authorization for access to classified information, intervention plans, etc.)