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C'est un sujet dont à Berlin on n'aurait jamais voulu parler. Un sujet qui ne s'évoque qu'en petit comité, un débat dont beaucoup disent qu'il ne faut pas le tenir en public. Et pourtant les Allemands commencent à en parler. Un article dans le Spiegel où l'on évalue l'option d'une dissuasion européenne, un éditorial dans le Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung a même évoqué l'option d'armes nucléaires allemandes. On avait déjà remarqué que les Allemands étaient vraiment troublés par la perspective du président Trump. Ça se confirme... Voici la version anglaise de l'article du Spiegel. La version originale n'est pas en accès libre. Je traduis juste des extraits, je conseille la lecture de tout l'article qui est bien informé et considère la question de manière assez approfondie.
Je crois qu'il pourrait être intéressant de discuter la politique étrangère de la France par rapport à ses deux partenaires fondamentaux. Non seulement le sujet a toujours été important, mais il promet de le devenir encore davantage à court terme. Il s'agit évidemment des Etats-Unis et de l'Allemagne - La principale puissance d'Europe, avec sa première économie et surtout la plus forte influence - voire une influence absolument déterminante - sur les institutions de l'UE, dont la France est actuellement dépendante non seulement pour la gestion de sa monnaie mais encore pour le budget ou la définition de la politique économique par exemple le droit du travail et la baisse des charges des entreprises. A la fois le pays voisin le plus puissant et le pays dont l'influence se fait sentir le plus nettement dans la vie quotidienne de la population - La superpuissance, unique et pour un certain temps encore si l'on se rappelle toutes les dimensions que le terme "superpuissance" inclut, puissance militaire, culturelle et diplomatique notamment, la Chine étant certes équivalente grosso modo sur le plan économique, mais sur celui-là seulement. L'influence diplomatique et culturelle de l'Amérique sur la France est évidemment sans pareille
l'objectif de créer un fil qui regroupe les activités diverses et variés de la société Rheinmetall. avec pour l'inauguration l'annonce de la restructuration de la société. " Rheinmetall Group | 01.09.2016 A Group for leading mobility and security technologies Rheinmetall is pushing ahead with its integration as a Technology Group. Under the name ONE Rheinmetall, management has mapped out a comprehensive strategy program that lays the foundations for a new, unified corporate culture and will integrate the two sectors, Automotive and Defence, into an even more efficient alliance. The purpose is to optimize cooperation between the two sectors, generally enhance group effectiveness in its areas of business, generate growth, and expand market shares. Public perception of Rheinmetall as an innovative high-technology group will also be intensified and fine-tuned. With its sophisticated solutions in security and mobility, the Group is addressing two core human needs by delivering substantial contributions toward protecting society and making mobility more compatible with the needs of the environment. Rheinmetall has long been showing a wider understanding of its traditional business areas. The Automotive sector has been dedicating itself increasingly to new forms of mobility which do not necessarily focus on the internal combustion engine. Also, the Defence sector has long ceased to be simply an "arms manufacturer" but instead adopted an extended security concept by offering products and technologies that, tailored to present-day and future threats, ensure security in both the civilian and military sectors: laser effectors, interlinked vehicle systems, systems for property protection, for detecting drones and for the remote monitoring of aircraft operations at airports, to name but a few examples. Armin Papperger, CEO of the Rheinmetall Group: "Our vision is to become a Group that supplies leading technologies for mobility and security. To this end, we have launched the ONE Rheinmetall strategy program: to more effectively interlink across their divisions the capabilities of the two sectors, Automotive and Defence, to become even more efficient and generally sharpen the Group's profile, both inwardly and outwardly." The objective: unified profile and shared corporate Rheinmetall culture Says Horst Binnig, Rheinmetall Group's Executive Board member in charge of Automotive: "With the ONE Rheinmetall initiative, we are mapping out an overarching and unified strategic framework that will proactively change how people relate within the Group and pave the way for a new public perception of the enterprise as a whole. In the past, Rheinmetall's civilian operations especially, i.e., as a supplier of components for the automotive industry, have frequently been overshadowed by the public perception of the military equipment sector of Rheinmetall Defence, despite the fact that the Automotive sector generates around one-half of the Group's total annual sales of about €5.2 billion (2015)." The aim is to change the way Rheinmetall is perceived. Armin Papperger comments: "We're firmly committed to Defence yet we're more than "just" military hardware. As Rheinmetall Group we capitalize on the strengths of a group with expertise acquired in over 125 years, on our capabilities, on our resources, and on a closer sharing of technologies among our divisions. Under the roof of Rheinmetall Group we will develop a shared corporate culture and consolidate a unified profile to the world outside." New brand architecture under Rheinmetall Group umbrella brand "Together we're stronger." Hence our goal to position Rheinmetall as a group consisting of two closely cooperating sectors, each learning and benefiting from the other, and appropriately perceived as a unified entity by the general public," continues Armin Papperger. The rollout of the new identity will be accompanied by revamped brand architecture as reflected in the new umbrella brand: Rheinmetall Group. Under this name, Rheinmetall will in future present itself as an integrated technology group whose divisions cooperate on a wide variety of levels. This is also reflected in the names of the two sectors which will include "Rheinmetall" as family brand. Rheinmetall Defence will stay unchanged. "Our Automotive sector KSPG will operate under the name Rheinmetall Automotive, thus reflecting membership of the Group," says Horst Binnig. The premium global brands, Kolbenschmidt, Pierburg and Motorservice will, however, continue as before yet visually restyled and with the addition to their name as a direct reference to Rheinmetall Automotive and hence to their association with Rheinmetall Group. Mobility and security with high tech as common denominator Armin Papperger: "Now and in future, the name Rheinmetall will stand for innovative solutions to two of the biggest challenges of our era: eco-friendly mobility and security technology that is adapted to the threats that challenge us. It is becoming more and more evident just how closely mobility and security are related. Even now, Rheinmetall Defence is working on high-tech solutions that prevent unauthorized access to certain systems by third parties. In future, these technologies will also be important in the automotive market when, for example, protecting vehicles from access to their control systems and preventing unauthorized intervention by hackers. Reciprocally, the Defence sector can benefit from comprehensive expertise assimilated by Rheinmetall Automotive as an auto-industry supplier, e.g. prototype construction using 3D printers, in automated production processes and in manufacturing processes of ultimate precision. Inwardly, the progressing integration of the Technology Group evolving from the ONE Rheinmetall strategy is already reflected in a series of cross-divisional initiatives: the inhouse ideas initiative Intrapreneur Award, interlocking technologies shared between the two sectors and ongoing harmonization in HR development. All these initiatives aim to further enhance efficiency and exploit as yet untapped potentials. Outwardly, Rheinmetall is morphing into a supplier with a broader interpretation of mobility and an all-embracing understanding of security, hence lending the Group the strategic momentum for continuing growth and success in the global markets. The Rheinmetall Group: sophisticated technologies of tomorrow With around 23,000 employees and some 80 production plants worldwide, Rheinmetall is well prepared and positioned to provide the right solutions to future challenges in the fields of mobility and security. In the automotive segment, new modes of propulsion will impact on personal mobility: besides all-electric drive systems (battery/fuel cell), hybrid drives will gain ground in the medium term. Rheinmetall Automotive already has cutting-edge technologies for the mobility of tomorrow, such as electric pump systems and actuators or components for intelligent thermal management for fuel-cell vehicles. In its Defence sector, Rheinmetall with its new strategic focus will in future also take into account the stronger need for personal safety and security in a civilian environment. Already, the company is in close communication with public authorities and security organizations regarding threat analyses and suitable solutions. And it can offer leading technologies for tomorrow's security challenges today: be it in drone detection, security for electronic architectures, or new protection and vehicle technologies. ------------------------- Turkish, German, Malaysian Firms in Armor Venture Defense News | Burak Ege Bekdil | 03.08.2016 ANKARA, Turkey — Armor industry manufacturers from Turkey, Germany and Malaysia have joined forces in an effort to expand into local and external markets. Turkey’s BMC, Germany’s Rheinmetall AG and the Malaysia-based Etika Strategi announced that they launched a Turkey-based joint venture with a view to cooperation in armored solutions. The companies said that the joint venture would focus on wheeled and tracked armored vehicles. “This will be a joining of forces aiming at the Turkish, Gulf, Malaysian and other Asian markets, with quite a long-term vision,” an industry source in Turkey said. He said that the deal may also mean Rheinmetall may partner with BMC in Turkey’s multibillion-dollar contract for the production of hundreds of new-generation main battle tanks under the indigenous program dubbed the Altay. “But apparently this [deal] aims more than the Altay contract,” he said. “It looks more international than local.” BMC will be one of the bidders in a deal for the serial production of the Altay, Turkey’s first indigenous battle tank. The program will involve the production of 1,000 tanks with an initial batch of 250. The Altay was developed by Otokar, a rival of BMC. The Turkish government commissioned Otokar to build four Altay prototypes under a $500 million program. The tanks are now undergoing field tests. BMC’s owner, businessman Ethem Sancak is known to be a close friend of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Earlier this year, BMC was given land to relocate its plant. The government decided to allocate 222 hectares to the company in support of its expansion plans. BMC will relocate from Izmir on Turkey’s western coast to Sakarya. "