Italian Day at the NATO Defense College

(To NATO Defense College)

Today, 27 September 2021, the Senior Course 139 attended the first day of Field Study I, at the NATO Defense College.

Special guest was the army corps general Luciano Portolano, commander of the Interoperable Summit Operations Command - COVI, representing the Defense Staff, received in the morning by General Olivier Rittimann, commander of the NATO Defense College.

After the usual signature at Guest book and an office call, the two generals moved into the auditorium to begin the day's sessions.

The commander of the NDC in his opening speech thanked Italy as Host Nation and introduced the gen. Portolano who subsequently took the floor for his speech, in which, thanking gen. Rittimann for the opportunity to open theItalian Day in the context of Field Study I, he also praised the College, defining it as an essential element of the Atlantic Alliance and one of the most important Colleges in the world in the field of military studies, whose presence in Italy since 1966, represents a source of pride for the Italian Armed Forces.

The next session on "NATO: current adaptation and Italian priorities" was led by councilor Alessandro Cattaneo, head of the IVo office "NATO and strategic issues of security and military policy" of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, which was followed by a session of questions and answers, in which the members of the course addressed the brief some interesting questions.

After a short break, the sessions resumed with two other detailed presentations, the first on "Elements and strategic perspectives of Italian defense policy", held by Rear Admiral Luca Conti, of the Defense Staff and the second on "National commitments in the context current strategy ”held by the general of the air division Luigi Del Bene, del Interoperable Summit Operations Command - COVI.

Last but not least, was on "Challenges of contemporary terrorism: the Italian experience" conducted by dr. Ezio Gaetano, 1st director of the State Police - director of the divisions International relations e Contrast of radicalization and violent extremism.

Then again, the three sessions were followed by a very compelling question and answer panel that ended theItalian Day, first day of Fields Study I of Senior Course 139.