Precision Guided Munitions

Since Operation Desert Storm, there has been a remarkable increase in the employment of guided precision weapons instead of unguided “dumb” bombs. Current political and geopolitical trends, such as uncertainty, financial constraints, workforce limitations, and no/low collateral damage requirements, are driving the technological developments of Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs).

Today, PGMs hit a variety of targets in complex and contested environments from long distances, supporting missions across every branch of the military and in all domains. NATO needs to be in line with the development of the next generation of PGMs to stay ahead of rapidly evolving threats.

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Good News or Bad News?

Embryonic Development of Network Enabled Weapons
By Lt Col 
Francesco 
Esposito 
By Mr 
Adam 
Jux 
In the past few decades, the way we have understood conflict and war has seen a tremendous change. War had traditionally been understood as armed physical violence. Today, global security challenges are changing faster than [...]

Hypersonic Weapons

The Defining Challenge of Our Time
By Lt Col 
Francesco 
Esposito 
For most people, hypersonic weapons and aircraft represent yet another 21 However, hypersonic studies have an extended history stretching back over half a century. In October 1967, William J. Knight, an aeronautical engineer, piloted the [...]

Distance No Longer Equals Protection

Development and Testing of Authorities and Planning Concepts for Hypersonic Strike Weapons
By Mr 
Patrick 
Filbert 
‘The military services are ramping up spending on hypersonic weapons and defense capabilities, from rocket-based glide systems to air-breathing weapons to low-altitude cruise missiles and more.’ Advances in technology continue to outpace the techniques, procedures, [...]

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Lieutenant Colonel

Giovanni Zanier

Subject Matter Expert 
Precision Guided Munitions

Lieutenant Colonel Giovanni Zanier joined the Italian Air Force in 1994, attending the Italian Air Force Academy in Pozzuoli (Italy) as ROTC pilot. He completed the Basic and Advance Pilot Training course at the 61st Air Brigade – Galatina AFB – in 1996, before attending the AM-X OCU in Amendola...

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