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.
The Russian-Ukrainian war is the first conventional conflict fought on a large scale in Europe since 1945. A type of conflict that even the largest European NATO armies could not sustain. More men, means and ammunition are needed.
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.
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.
As the world was moving toward instability and conflict, Italy neglected its Armed Forces. Now the mistakes must be remedied and Italy must be equipped with a military instrument that makes this country strong and respected in the world. Focusing on: tools, personnel, specificity of individual branches, and financial planning.
Daniele Scalea, president of the Machiavelli Study Center, took to the microphones of Radio Libertà to discuss with PierLuigi Pellegrin the first Machiavelli Defense Conference.
Nel Dossier n. 37 Nicola De Felice discute le linee politico-strategica secondo cui l'Italia deve riorganizzare la propria Difesa, alla luce tanto della guerra russo-ucraina quanto del previsto aumento delle spese militari.
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.