Lieutenant Colonel



Joint Air Power Competence Centre (2018-2022)

Lieutenant Colonel Francesco Esposito joined the Italian Air Force in 1990, joining the Italian Air Force Academy in Pozzuoli (Italy). He was trained with the US Air Force SUNT program in Randolph AFB (TX) and subsequently graduated as a Tornado Navigator/Weapon System Operator in Cottesmore (UK) in 1996. As an aircrew with 156° Tornado Sqn, and as an instructor with 102º Tornado OCU Sqn he participated in the flying Operations in Bosnia and Kosovo. Between 2008 and 2012, he served as ATO Coordinator and Chief Strike cell in the Combined Air Operation Centre in Uedem (Germany) contributing, as an ATO Coordinator, to the Operation Unified Protector in Libya. Currently, he serves as JAPCC Precision-Guided Munition Expert.

Information provided is current as of August 2021

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Precision-Guided Munitions of the Future

And the Related Challenges to NATO
By Lt Col 
‘War has always been a chameleon, it is ever-changing, adapting to new circumstances and camouflaging itself …’ Carl von Clausewitz (1780–1831) There has been a remarkable acceleration with the use of guided weapons since Operation [...]

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