Mr. Pascal Legai
Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 Geospatial, Hydrometeorological and GNSS (GEOMETOC) Workshop 2016
European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC)
The Geopspatial Services of the EU Satellite Centre to Support the EU External Action in the CFSP/CSDP Field
Facing a much more demanding international situation in terms of Security and Defense, with emerging crises all over the world characterized by their suddenness and dangerousness, it turns out essential to dispose of the necessary capacities to support decision makers and people deployed on the ground. More specifically, in the geosptial domain, a clear understanding of the need, the reactivity and the flexibility to offer relevant services become an absolute necessity. In this context the EU Satellite Centre has a role of geospatial services provider to meet the needs of a large range of users ( e.g. EU institutions, Member States, International Organizations). Its role mainly consists in collecting appropriate data from space-based satellites, but also from other sensors, in due time, to analyse them before disseminating the resulting products. The today challenges are to manage a huge amount of data and to efficiently work with different partners ( Industry, R&T institutional, operational) to face the present but also mainly to anticipate on the coming needs.
Brigadier General Pascal LEGAI has been Director of the European Union Satellite Centre (EU SatCen) since 1st January 2015, after four years as Deputy Director. The EU SatCen is an súace data analysis centre, based near Madrid, Spain, providing Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) and Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) products and services to support the EU external action. BG Pascal LEGAI, was an intelligence officer in the French Air Force since 1988. He acquired experience mainly in the fields of geography, imagery, international relations, Space and Security issues. He was appointed as a geographer in the French Air Force staff in Paris for 5 years (1994-1999). He was also the Head of the French Imagery Intelligence Centre (2004-2006), Human Resources adviser of the French Air Force (2006-2008) and the Commanding Officer of the French Air Force Base in Grenoble (2008-2010). He has extensive international experience in geospatial and intelligence domains. He holds a PhD in International Relations, a law degree, a master degree in Imagery Processing and in British Civilization and an Engineer Diploma in the field of the geographic sciences.