The transatlantic link is robust and the partnership with Italy is of fundamental importance for the United States. This is what emerged from the conversation between the Minister of Defense, Guido Crosetto, and the Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd J. Austin, among the first to contact the new tenant of Palazzo Baracchini. The two also met in person at the Pentagon
A historical and solid relationship that binds Italy and the United States, and which will further increase the opportunities for cooperation in the future. This is the central issue that emerged from the telephone conversation between the Minister of Defense, Guido Crosetto, and the United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin. “Italy and the United States will continue to work together to face international challenges” said the Italian minister, with the US secretary expressing words of great appreciation for Italy and its Armed Forces and for the enormous contribution offered to of international security.
Italy, a bridge between Europe and the Atlantic
“Italy is a faithful ally on which the United States can count, today more than before” said Minister Crosetto, underlining that “The bilateral and multilateral relationship between Italy and the United States represents the future of our country”. Already during the celebrations for November 4, the Pentagon received appreciation for the appointment of Crosetto as minister, with the assistant to the US defense secretary for international affairs, Celeste Wallanderwhich he had registered as “The partnership with Italy, a global leader in the field of security, is among the strongest and most solid for the United States”.
Support for Ukraine
Minister Crosetto, addressing his colleague Austin, then underlined the firm will of the Italian government to continue to help Kiev: “we will continue to support Ukraine and its Armed Forces with conviction and determination and we will be ready to continue our effort as long as it is necessary”. Recently, the minister also spoke on the issue of aid to Ukraine, a priority for Washington, which continues to urge its European partners to continue along the path of supplying material for Kiev. “Italy will continue to support Ukraine and its Armed Forces with conviction and determination,” said Crosetto, adding that the department is proceeding within the agreed time frame with the provisions of the fifth decree of military aid, signed on 7 October last. The minister’s intervention had also served to dispel some rumors reported in the press of a hypothetical stand-by of arms supplies to Ukraine.
Also from the point of view of the industry, the themes on the table are many. After all, Italy is a leading partner of the United States in the sector. Among the first to board the program for the F-35. The participation in the project of the American Lockheed Martin allows the Defense of our country a continuous comparison with the overseas realities. In addition to being equipped with fifth generation fighters, among other things, our country hosts in Cameri one of the only two assembly plants of the Lightning II, the Final Assembly and Check-Out (Faco), outside the United States (l other is in Japan), and the only one in Europe. Recently, then, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, general Luca Gorettihad intervened urging the country to board the new X2 helicopter technology, being developed in the USA in the Future vertical lift program, to employ the same philosophy used for the F-35s.
Appointment in Washington
At the end of the interview, the two defense leaders met as soon as possible for a meeting in person at the Pentagon, in order to deepen the topics covered and further consolidate the friendship between Italy and the United States, giving continuity to the constructive dialogue between the two. countries in the field of Defense. The minister’s future trip to Washington will certainly be a fundamental opportunity to further strengthen the ties between the two countries, and it could also be an important opportunity to support the numerous companies in the defense industry in the United States.
Italy “faithful ally” of the USA. The conversation between Crosetto and Austin