04 / 05 / 2019

EDA appointed Jean-François Ripoche as its new Director for RTI

On 1 May 2019, the European Defence Agency (EDA) appointed Jean-François Ripoche as its new Director for Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI). Previously, Mr. Ripoche held the position of Research and Technology Director at the Strategy Directorate of DGA (Direction générale de l’armement), the French Ministry of Defence Procurement Agency.


As a new Director for RTI, Jean-François Ripoche, will lead a key Directorate of the Agency which fosters and supports defence research at EU level. Based on the Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA), developed together with the Member States, the Directorate:

  • coordinates and plans joint research activities and the study of technical solutions to meet future operational needs;
  • provides support to Member States and to the European Commission for the Preparatory Action on defence research, including its implementation, and the research dimension of the European Defence Fund;
  • ensures the promotion of innovation in defence and the exploitation of synergies at EU level with civil research in dual-use technology.


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