Chiamata alle armi, i veri costi della spesa militare in Italia.

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Call to arms, the real costs of military spending in Italy.

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[Autom. eng. transl.] What are the real figures of military spending in Italy? What is its composition and what are the choices that guide it? To what extent is it true that military spending can drive the growth of a country? What ambiguous relationship exists between research, technological development and the arms race? Regarding our country, the book tries to provide an answer to these questions, also through the analysis of the Leonardo case (formerly Finmeccanica), one of the world leaders in the defense industry. Then widening our gaze to Europe, where often the ownership of companies in the sector is public, there are two themes on which reflection is concentrated: on the one hand, the relationship between the business objectives of companies and the perimeter of the international agreements signed by the States-shareholders; on the other hand, the need for a common European defense as an essential element of analysis of the competitive context. In this context, the author makes two concrete proposals. The first for the creation of an independent agency for the control of the international arms trade. The second for the introduction of a new parameter on which to base economic policy choices, namely the relationship between education expenses and military expenditure: an indicator of this type would directly compare an investment for development, aimed therefore at to the future, with a current expense, which instead constitutes a brake on growth, and in its simplicity would combine today's strategic needs with more responsible attention to tomorrow.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Call to arms, the real costs of military spending in Italy.
Original languageItalian
Number of pages109
ISBN (Print)978-88-238-3632-7
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • spese militari
  • sviluppo


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