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Vice Chief of Staff

Lieutenant General Brice Houdet

Lieutenant General (P) Brice Houdet is experienced in combat operations, intelligence and political military international relations. He holds a master's degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University (Washington, D.C.).

He spent 12 years in the French Foreign Legion, including 9 years in the 2ème Régiment Etranger de Parachutistes, of which he was the commanding officer from 2006 to 2008. He deployed in Bosnia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Chad, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Senegal and Djibouti.

He was the chief of staff of Direction du Renseignement Militaire and as such has extensive knowledge of this agency and experience in relationship with other foreign and national intelligence agencies.

He served for four years in Washington, D.C. as a student at National War College (class of 2009) and attaché at the French Embassy. He is an ancien of NATO Defense College, Senior Course in 2005 and served for more than five years in NATO, first as a deputy military representative in NATO Headquarters, Brussels, and in 2017 as the French National Military Representative in SHAPE. He was elected in 2019 as the Dean of national military representatives at SHAPE.

On 17 July 2020, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned as Vice Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. He also took command of operation ALTHEA, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He is bilingual in English and can speak some German, Italian and Russian.

He is married to Delphine and has six children and eight grandchildren.

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