In late July Poland signed a contract with South Korea for the supply of 48 KAI FA-50 combat aircraft. Supply for which our own Leonardo M-346 in its fighter variant was also on the line.
Technology, without the man who knows and is motivated to employ it, is useless. You can acquire the most sophisticated warfare technologies, but if you do not have the proper personnel, it is money wasted. The human factor is more essential than ever in the Army, where the combatant himself becomes a weapon system.
For months there has been debate in Europe around the shortcomings that have emerged in the Russian military apparatus. But no European and perhaps Western armed forces today would seem capable of sustaining such a conventional conflict militarily or even politically and socially.
Sovereignty protection; system-building capabilities; energy strategies consistent with its economic complexes; integration between defense and foreign policy systems. These are just the main examples with respect to the challenges to be faced head-on in the near future.
NATO's new Strategic Concept is clear, concise and thoughtful. But what was decided in Madrid requires that a good proportion of the NATO countries' forces, including that of Italy, be potentially ready and able to intervene. And to do so requires adequate training, means and funds.
A new event format is unveiled. The general outline, for this first Defense Conference, will be the increase in military spending: the achievement of 2 percent of GDP, which has been demanded for years at the NATO level, must take place (according to the government and parliament) by 2028.
Part of managing a crisis is preventing a conflict through political strategies of deterrence aimed at containing the confrontation itself. Only with this capability can Italy consider itself a free, independent, true nation.
Putin's invasion of Ukraine, among the dozens of geopolitical consequences it generated, also prompted a spontaneous question: what if China, taking advantage of the West's distraction, attempted a snap invasion of Taiwan in order to crown its 70-year dream of Marxist conquest of the "rebellious" island?
In the more than 100 days since President Putin launched the invasion, NATO countries have had a clear indicator of the Russian armed forces' capabilities, and at the end of June, at the Alliance summit in Madrid, the NATO Strategic Concept for 2022 will be consequently agreed upon.