The Italian Chief of Defence opens the European Perspectives Field Study at the NATO Defense College
General Claudio Graziano, Italian Chief of Defence, was the main speaker as Senior Course 132 commenced its first Field Study, in Rome, on 19 March.
Senior Course 132’s first Field Study began in Rome on 19 March with excellent presentations from the Italian Chief of Defence and from officials representing the Ministries of Defence, of Foreign Affairs and of the Interior.
The Commandant of the NATO Defense College, LtGen Chris Whitecross, welcomed the Senior Course and guests and underlined the outstanding support given by Italy as Host Nation to the NATO Defense College.
During his presentation, General Graziano emphasized the need for each and every nation to work towards common goals that can be achieved only on the basis of full participation and shared effort: “Currently, multidimensional, unpredictable, and transnational threats stand as a global menace that no single country can underestimate. The challenge today is to spread a common and shared understanding, and the awareness that security is indivisible and interdependent. The complexity of threats require us to respond globally and synergically, under the coordination and the guidance of the main international organizations […] It’s only thanks to the strong sense of belonging and solidarity among the Allies and EU Member States that such challenges can be tackled and countered in a proper way in the future.”
The NATO Defense College organizes Field Studies so that Course Members can gain first-hand knowledge of security policies, as well as the structure and responsibilities of national defence establishments, governments and international organizations, by meeting national, regional and global decision-makers in their respective capitals and headquarters.