Biography: Major General (2s) Alain Faupin


Major General (2s) Alain Faupin

Born in Reims, France, (DOB Dec 4 1939) MG Faupin has completed a 40 year-military career in many operational, headquarters, staffs,  education, and foreign  service positions. A graduate of St Cyr Military Academy he held  several assignments with cavalry and light armor with the French Foreign Legion in the Sahara, Algeria, and Southern France, during the sixties as well as different command and staff positions in Germany during the seventies and eighties. He has three PSCs (French, American and Canadian)

Successively assistant military attaché in Washington (1982-1985), Head of the French Army General Staff Intelligence and International Relations Directorate (1987-91), military attaché in Washington and Head of the French Delegation to the United Nations Military Staff Committee (1991-1994), Deputy Director, Strategic Affairs, Defense Minister’s Office (1994-1996) and Assistant  Chief of Staff for International Relations (J5) (1996-1999). He retired from the military service in July 1999.

He was then seconded by the French government as the French representative and a professor (strategic issues and good governance) to the George C. Marshall Center (1999-2002), before joining DCAF as a senior fellow and deputy head Think Tank, (2002-2004). In addition to these assignments, he set up and headed a very dynamic and productive International Study Group on European Security within the Partnership for Peace  Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes (1999-2007)

After leaving Geneva in July 2004, he set up his own consulting company, “SPC” located in South West France, where he lives, and is currently consultant for DCAF and other agencies in France and in Europe.

He has widely published articles, chapters and proceedings in the military, strategic and national media and publications.

MG (ret) Alain Faupin is married, with 2 daughters and 7 grandchildren.