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					                                  FA FEDE SOLO L’INTERVENTO
                                EFFETTIVAMENTE PRONUNCIATO




              MEETING OF THE
NATO INDUSTRIAL ADVISORY GROUP
                     (NIAG)




Speech of the Italian Chief of Defence General Staff
           General Vincenzo Camporini




              CASD, 30 ottobre 2009
GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO BE HERE TODAY TO OFFER A FEW
REFLECTIONS ON A SUBJECT WHICH IS MY VIEW VITAL FOR THE

VIABILITY OF THE ALLIANCE.


LET ME ESPECIALLY THANK MR. GIANCARLO GRASSO, FOR INVITING
ME, AND   MR. RAFFAELE ESPOSITO WHO HAS GIVEN HIS STRONG
CONTRIBUTION TO    NIAG FOR A LONG TIME, PREVIOUSLY AS VICE
PRESIDENT AND, CURRENTLY, AS PRESIDENT.

I NEED NOT REPEAT TO YOU THE SCOPE, THE IMPORTANCE AND THE
FACTS ABOUT   NIAG, INSTEAD I WANT TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION ON
THE SPECIFIC MOMENT IN HISTORY WE ARE LIVING.

NATO IS HEAVILY ENGAGED IN AFGHANISTAN AND AT THE SAME TIME
IS RETHINKING ITS OWN        “RAISON D’ETRE ” BY REWRITING ITS
STRATEGIC CONCEPT.

WE ALL KNOW WHY AND HOW NATO WAS CREATED: TO PROTECT THE
WESTERN    MODEL     OF   SOCIAL   ORGANIZATION   FROM   BEING

OVERTHROWN BY OTHER UNDESIRED MODELS.       THAT’S THE CORE OF
THE   ALLIANCE WHICH IS, WE SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER, NOT
MERELY MILITARY, BUT A POLITICAL ONE.

ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING A TECHNOLOGY EDGE IS THEREFORE A
FUNDAMENTAL PILLAR OF THE SCOPE OF THE ALLIANCE AND THIS IS THE

REASON OF THE RELEVANCE OF NIAG AT THE INSTITUTIONAL LEVEL.
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AND WE SHOULD BE PROUD AND AWARE OF THE ROLE PLAID BY THIS
BODY IN WINNING THE     COULD WAR, THROUGH THE CONVERGING
EFFORTS OF THE INDUSTRIAL BASES OF ALL THE MEMBER STATES.

BUT WINNING THE COLD WAR WAS NOT ENOUGH: HISTORY DID NOT
END IN   NOVEMBER 1989 AND NEW CHALLENGES ARE GROWING IN
FRONT OF US.

THEREFORE, WE CANNOT REST ON OUR LAURELS AND WE MUST FACE
THE FUTURE WITH RENEWED ENERGY AND WITH FRESH MIND, IN ORDER

TO FIND SOLUTIONS SUITABLE TO MEET CHALLENGES WHICH ARE ALSO

NEW AND PARTLY UNFORESEEN.

A LOT HAS CHANGED ALSO ON OUR SIDE AND IT IS TODAY EVIDENT
THAT THE INDUSTRIAL BASE IN EACH OF OUR COUNTRIES HAS

MATURED, WITH NICHES OF EXCELLENCE FLOURISHING ALSO OUTSIDE

THE USUAL LOCATIONS AND NATIONS.    TODAY MORE THAN EVER NO
ONE HAS THE MONOPOLY OF INNOVATION AND           I EXPECT THIS
CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE ALL THE AVENUES AND POSSIBILITIES SO

THAT THROUGHOUT THE     ALLIANCE ANYONE COULD PROFIT FROM THE
EXPERIENCE, THE CAPABILITIES AND THE KNOW HOW OF ANYONE ELSE.

WE MUST NOT IGNORE THAT TOO MANY OBSTACLES STILL EXIST FOR
THE FREE AND EQUITABLE SHARING OF EXPERTISE BETWEEN OUR

INDUSTRIES, THEREFORE   I BELIEVE WE SHOULD SPARE NO EFFORT TO
ACHIEVE THIS FREE AND EQUITABLE SHARING.

I UNDERLINE THESE TWO ADJECTIVES: FREE AND EQUITABLE.
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TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER HAS ALWAYS BEEN A POLITICAL PROBLEM: ALL
OF US KNOW THE DIFFICULTIES ASSOCIATED WITH IT.

HEAVY AND CUMBERSOME BUROCRACY, LACK OF TRUST ABOUT THE
ROBUSTNESS OF SECURITY FRAMEWORKS, SHORTSIDED VISIONS OF

LOCAL INDUSTRIAL INTERESTS.    IF THESE REASONS COULD JUSTIFY
CERTAIN ATTITUDES IN THE PAST,     I BELIEVE THAT NOWADAYS THEY
COULD BECOME THE INGREDIENTS OF A RECIPE FOR FAILURE.

YES, TODAY NO ONE CAN HOPE TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT IN TECHNOLOGY
AND   INDUSTRIAL   CAPABILITIES,   THEREFORE   EITHER   WE   STAND

TOGETHER OR WE WILL FAIL TOGETHER.

ALSO FROM THE FINANCIAL POINT OF VIEW, NO ONE CAN AFFORD TO
KEEP UP WITH DEVELOPMENTS IN ALL THE FIELDS REQUIRED BY

EFFICIENT MILITARY INSTRUMENTS: THAT’S THE REASON FOR A      FREE
FLOW OF KNOWLEDGE BETWEEN OUR BORDERS AND ACROSS THE

OCEANS.

BUT THIS FLOW OF KNOWLEDGE MUST ALSO BE EQUITABLE. NO ONE
CAN BE ALLOWED TO BEHAVE LIKE A FREE RIDER, THEREFORE

APPROPRIATE MECHANISMS HAVE TO BE FOUND AND PUT INTO

PRACTISE SO THAT THOSE NATIONS AND INDUSTRIES WHICH HAVE BEEN

INVESTING HEAVILY IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CAN BE

CORRECTLY REWARDED BY THOSE WHICH WERE UNABLE OR UNWILLING

TO DO THE SAME.



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THIS IS THE MESSAGE I WANT TO LEAVE WITH YOU, WITH THE FULL
AWARNESS THAT EACH OF YOU IS WISHING TO OPEN NEW ROADS TO CO-

OPERATION AND ABLE TO TAKE INITIATIVES AND DECISIONS IN THIS

DIRECTION, FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF OUR TECHNOLOGICAL BASE,

THE BENEFIT OF OUR INDUSTRIES, THE SATISFATION OF OUR TAX PAYERS

AND THE SECURITY OR OUR SONS AND GRANDSONS.




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