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"Frecce Tricolori", the Italian Acrobatic Team of the Italian Air Force, fly over the city of Rome


Italy and the United States of America have strong military relationships and a long-lasting cooperation on defense matters. The Office of the Defense and Defense Cooperation Attaché is responsible for all Defense Cooperation activities between the two countries and works closely with all other Departments at the Italian Embassy.

The Office is headed by a General who represents, on the territory of the United States of America (with secondary accreditation to Canada and Mexico), the Italian Ministry of Defense. The Defense Attaché reports to the Italian Chief of Defense for operational issues, and to the Defense General Secretariat and the National Director for Armaments for industrial and administrative issues. The purpose of its mission is manifold:

  • to advise the Italian Ambassador on defense issues;
  • to support, to introduce and to justify Italy defense policy to US military officials, by highlighting the capabilities, activities and forces’ equipment;
  • to provide the Italian Ministry of Defense with information on US political and military issues, to give Italian authorities information on American defense issues such as services evolution, equipment and overseas deployments;
  • to promote bilateral actions with the US Department of Defense;
  • to strengthen ties and to enhance mutual understanding by organizing Italian defense authorities’ visits to the US;
  • to assist and oversee the Italian officers posted on military facilities throughout the US.

Moreover, the Defense and Defense Cooperation Attaché is the representative of the Italian Defense General Secretariat (SGD). The specific objectives in the Cooperation area are threefold:

  • to promote cooperation between Italy and the United States of America, regarding Research and Technology, Programs and Tests for all Defense Services, making sure in particular that the equipment of the two Allies are designed to be fully interoperable;
  • to assist Italian and American Defense industries in their cooperative efforts and to participate in bilateral or multilateral discussions regarding Export Control;
  • to procure, for the benefit of the Italian Armed Forces, the necessary equipment, which is purchased in the US either from the Government (through Foreign Military Sales), or directly from US companies (through Direct Commercial Sales).



China Lake

The Italian Air Force during Operation Blazing Shield 2018 in China Lake, California (20 feb – 25 apr 2018)