Vice Admiral Arnaud Coustilliere was born in Toulon on the 3rd of November 1960. He has led a distinguished career as a surface warfare officer, commanding officer, and other appointments in the Navy and Joint Defence staff.
Specialised in the field of telecommunications and cyberdefence, he was appointed as the General Officer on Cyberdefence in July 2011. Under direct command of the DCOS Operations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with privileged access to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Cabinet military Head of the Minister of Defence, he is in charge of the ministry’s cyberdefence policy and its response in case of cyberattacks.
Since May 2017, he is the general officer "commander of cyber defense" of FR COMCYBER.
His experience is complemented by a position at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, since 2008, as Operational Capabilities Manager in the field of telecommunications and cyberdefence.
A distinguished graduate of the Ecole Navale’s class of 1981, Vice Admiral Coustilliere has considerable experience on warships deployed in crisis zones. He has commanded the AA Destroyer “Duquesne” (2004-2006), Frigates “Commandant Bouan” and “d’Estienne d’Orves” (1995-1996) as well as the training ship “Chacal”(1987-1988).
Working at the Naval Action Force HQ and Naval HQ, he has been responsible for the elaboration of the Navy’s doctrine (2004), Naval C4I coordination and office communication and information systems (2006-2008) and acted as Deputy Head of the Navy budget office (2002-2004), Manager of Naval C4I capabilities (1999-2002) and as project officer to Navy Satcom (1991-1994).
Vice Admiral Coustilliere is officer of the “Legion d’Honneur” and commander of the “Ordre National du Mérite”. He was also awarded the ‘Croix du Combattant, the “Medaille d’Outre Mer” (Middle East) and the “Médaille de la Défense Nationale” amongst other awards