NOTIZIE DI INTERESSE-Centro Studi Esercito
COVID-19 has shown that our world is more unpredictable than ever. The only thing we can be certain of is uncertainty itself — and we must learn to deal with it.
For NATO, this means we must remain ready to tackle any challenge, at any time, to keep our people safe — including during pandemics. Our militaries across the alliance have been playing a vital role in fighting the virus and saving lives.
The discussion about greater defense integration in Europe and more cooperation for the development of a common industrial base has sparked a lively debate about Europe’s defense and the trans-Atlantic relationship.
Italy is taking a leading role, as it always has, in the integration process because it sees Europe as a strategic choice and a multiplier of resources to tackle future challenges.
“Mobilitiamo l’Esercito”: quando spunta una qualsiasi emergenza al di sopra delle possibilità di gestione, si chiama sempre la Forza Armata.
Come mai? Evidentemente perché è capace di rispondere a eventi e situazioni di emergenza con le reattività ed efficienza superiori tipiche di un’istituzione preposta alla nostra SOPRAVVIVENZA, addestrata a difendere la collettività dalla situazione più estrema: la guerra.
Se è vero che la forza di una catena si misura dall'anello più debole, quello che oggi merita maggiori attenzioni è l'Esercito. Per poter fornire un think tank dedito allo strumento terrestre si è costituito il Centro Studi Esercito: un libero "serbatoio di pensiero" formato da esperti e professionisti, in servizio e congedo, provenienti dal mondo militare e da quello civile.
Per fare un bilancio del primo anno di attività abbiamo intervistato il presidente del CSE, generale di corpo d'armata Enzo Stefanini.
Giorni fa mi è capitato di leggere un articolo sul sito “eastwest.eu” ( https://eastwest.eu/it/intelligence-italiana-riforma-national-security-council/) dal titolo “La riforma dell’intelligence italiana”. Viene specificato che l’idea che potrebbe vedere la luce sarebbe quella di riformarla in un National Security Council (NSC), sul modello di altri, non ultimo quello americano. Al suo vertice un consigliere. Ne ho tratto qualche motivo di preoccupazione. Ma non perché io non creda che ci sia tale esigenza.
L’ho scritto più volte sulle pagine di questa rivista.
Russia has tested the T-14 Armata main battle tank (MBT) in an operational environment in Syria, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told the Rossiya-1 (Russia One) TV channel on 19 April.
He said serial deliveries of the Armata to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) would begin in 2021, after which Russia also plans to offer the tank for export. “Once deliveries of serial [production] MBTs to the MoD have started and we have received a licence for an export version, we will begin working with foreign customers,” Manturov stated.
In the past decade, new helicopter designs have been proposed to overcome the speed limitations typical of traditional rotorcrafts, caused by dissymmetry of lift.
On this regard, the US Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme is effectively leading the global drive to overcome these technological limitations. The FVL programme primarily aims at simplifying and standardising the US rotary-wing fleets across the US Army, US Navy, and US Marine Corps - about 6,600 platforms. Many of these legacy fleets are very mature and, like their fixed-wing counterparts, have been heavily used in recent conflicts, consuming their flight hours and fatigue life at a high rate.
South Korea has announced a cut to its 2020 defence budget in response to Covid-19. The move means the country is one of the first in the world to officially reduce military spending due to the impact of the pandemic.
The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF) in Seoul said in a statement on 16 April that the 2020 defence budget will be cut by KRW904.7 billion (USD738 million).
On February 29, the United States and the Taliban signed a preliminary peace deal aimed at ending nearly 19 years of war in Afghanistan. The agreement calls for the United States to gradually withdraw its troops from the country over the next 14 months and for the Taliban and the Afghan government (which was not a party to the deal) to open direct talks. The Taliban further promise in the deal to prevent terrorist groups, such as al Qaeda or the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), from operating in territory they control.
The Munich Security Report 2020 sheds light on the phenomenon that it refers to as "Westlessness" – a widespread feeling of uneasiness and restlessness in the face of increasing uncertainty about the enduring purpose of the West. A multitude of security challenges seem to have become inseparable from what some describe as the decay of the Western project. What is more, Western societies and governments appear to have lost a common understanding of what it even means to be part of the West. Although perhaps the most important strategic challenge for the transatlantic partners, it appears uncertain whether the West can come up with a joint strategy for a new era of great-power competition.
In this context, the Munich Security Report 2020 provides an overview of major security policy challenges and features insightful data and analyses across selected geographic and thematic spotlights.