Italy must decide whether to play the international game and whether to do so in the premier league or in a lower division. It must not be taboo to talk about defending national interests, first of all to define what they are and what Italy is prepared to do to protect them. This definition of strategic goals is up to politics; the military just has to implement them.

So Air Marshal Enzo Vecciarelli, former Chief of the Defence Staff, told during the Machiavelli Defense Conference, July 13, 2022 at the Chamber of Deputies.

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Air Marshal (ret.) of the Italian Air Force, of which he was Chief of Staff from 2016 to 2018. From 2018 to 2021, he served as Chief of the Defence Staff.