Italy Just Built Its First F-35B Stealth Jump Jet
On May 5, 2017, the first F-35B — the vertical-landing variant of the stealthy Joint Strike Fighter — rolled out of the final-assembly and check-out facility at Cameri, in northwestern Italy. The F-35 will serve in the Italian navy. The aircraft, designated BL-1, is the first F-35B to be... Read more
Six Fighters. One Tanker. The Atlantic Ocean. And a Near-Disaster
While unpacking some boxes in early April 2017, I stumbled upon my Red Flag Alaska papers. Suddenly, I flashed back seven years to the exercise and an epic transatlantic flight involving six fuel-thirsty warplanes and just one aerial tanker. That Red Flag Alaska war game took place in the... Read more
The Curious, Quiet Success of Italian Counter-Terrorism
After a wave of recent terrorist attacks, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Belgium have all debated their existing security strategies. The duty of politics is to answer public fears—however this always comes with the risk that fears will guide reactive counter-terrorism policies that ultimately fail. Italy, however, has... Read more
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