- There was a plan to bring together all the Chiefs of the Armed Forces under a single structure, a mini-copy of the US Pentagon;
- This is an integral part of “revising the operational model of the Armed Forces”; and
plan is institutionalized through the “White Book for International
Security and Defence” which was signed off by Minister Pinotti.
The manufacturing industrial, the Orbital Atk, specifies that “the new missile is also compatible with the F-35”. Of course, the F-35 is the US Lockheed Martin’s fighter bomber and Italy is participating in its manufacturing process through Parliament’s Faco plant managed by Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica) and has undertaken to purchase 90 of them. The first F-35 arrived in the base of Amendola on 12 December 2016. This made Italy the first country, after the US, to receive the new fifth generation fighter plane that will also be armed with the new B61-12 nuclear bomb.
However Italy is not only a purchaser but is also a manufacturer of arms. The military industry is defined in the White Book as the “pillar of the Country System” since it “contributes, through exports, to rebalancing the balance of trade”, and to promoting products of national industry in high paid sectors”.
In return, to further stimulate production in the military sector which today provides Leonardo with 84% of its turnover, two Finmeccanica undertakings are being sold to the Japanese company Hitachi. The undertakings sold are Ansaldo Sts and Ansaldo Breda, global leaders in manufacturing railways.
With funds diverted from the budget of the Stability Law, the Italian Pentagon, the new headquarters of the Ministry of War is built on this “pillar of the Country System”.