SDRT Presentation

The Security & Defense team (SDT) - Intelligence, Criminology, Crises, Cyberthreats

Created in 2018, the Security & Defense team (SDT) - Intelligence, Criminology, Crises, Cyberthreats is a research laboratory bringing together researchers and experts from fields as diverse as social sciences (history, sociology, criminology, law, economics...), applied mathematics, management, computer science and cybersecurity in order to provide real multidisciplinary responses to national and international defense and security issues. Drawing on the experience of the Pôle Sécurité Défense, the SDT combines the skills of the Cnam from various National Pedagogical Teams (NPT) in the fields of safety, security and defense, expanded to include its national and international partners, in order to meet the demands of key leaders and decision-makers (industry, Europe, Ministries). 

The partners - founders of the Security Defense Initiative

As part of its development, the SD team has sought to broaden its scope of influence and has thus decompartmentalized its research perspectives both scientifically and geographically in order to ensure the preservation and continuation of its structural transversality. The team is now part of an open partnership approach, in the form of a national research laboratory grouping together several major institutions. The founding group is composed of the Cnam and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH). National defense schools (École des officiers de la gendarmerie nationale - EOGN, École de Guerre) are already partners of the Cnam's Pôle Sécurité Défense, and its training programs (Cnam Bretagne and Master Criminology). This partnership with the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH) allows for cooperation in training, research, and early detection of emerging criminal and terrorist threats. These links, built over the past three years, have already resulted in the organization of conferences and the signing of national and international collaboration agreements that have led to joint research projects. 


The creation of a research group between these two major institutions (Cnam and FMSH), which have made a significant contribution to the history of French technical and societal innovation, has made it possible to create a national multidisciplinary research dynamic in the service of the nation's defense and security.

This research partnership between the Cnam and the FMSH aimed to break down the disciplinary barriers that prohibit the systematic and modeled study of criminal or terrorist phenomena. The objective of this unique platform was to bring together the social sciences, administrative sciences, engineering sciences, and mathematics in a common effort to understand the social phenomena that are profoundly affecting our contemporary societies.

This research collective initially took the form of an emerging team, under the aegis of the Cnam's doctoral schools (Abbé-Grégoire and SMI, and Edite), and under the patronage of the CNRS. This emerging team then adopted the form of a transverse host team between several institutions; and, in the concretization of international relations initiated by the Cnam (ESMT Berlin, MIT and George Mason University in the United States), contributed to the birth of an international research group (GDRI) affirming the French will to participate with its best schools in the effort to solve this international contemporary crisis. Since 2020, the team has the status of a research laboratory. 

In parallel, from 2009 to 2019, the Superior Council for Strategic Training and Research (CSFRS), jointly set up by the Élysée and Matignon, supported French strategic research, launched thematic and non-thematic calls for tenders, organized the Assises Nationales de la Recherche Stratégique (National Strategic Research Conferences), set up a MOOC on Strategic Issues, and ensured the management of the Géostratégia website. By decree of the Prime Minister, these essential missions were entrusted to the ESDR3C and were relaunched by the ESDR3C, with the holding, in September 2020, of the Assises Nationales de la Recherche Stratégique, organized for the first time by the Cnam. In September 2021, the team renewed the experience.