Chief of the Defence Staff (Italy)

The Chief of the Defence Staff of Italy refers to the Chiefs of the Defence Staff of the Italian Armed Forces.

Chief of the Defence Staff
Capo di stato maggiore della difesa
Flag of the Chief of the Defence Staff
Incumbent
Air Squadron General Enzo Vecciarelli

since 6 November 2018
Ministry of Defence
Reports toMinister of Defence
NominatorMinister of Defence
AppointerPresident of Italy
in consultation with the Council of Ministers
Constituting instrumentDecree 66, articles 25, 26 & 27
Formation4 May 1925
First holderPietro Badoglio

History

The post was established in 1925 as Chief of the General staff. From 1947 it assumed its present name.

The Chief of the Defense staff, since 1998, to exercise his duties, uses two joint bodies:

  • Stato maggiore della Difesa (Defense Staff)
  • Comando operativo di vertice interforze (Joint-top operational command)

List of chiefs of defence staff

Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946)

No. Chief of the Defence StaffTook officeLeft officeTime in officeDefence branch
1
Badoglio, PietroMarshal of Italy
Pietro Badoglio
(1871–1956)
[lower-alpha 1]
4 May 19254 December 194015 years, 214 daysRoyal Army
2
Cavallero, UgoMarshal of Italy
Ugo Cavallero
(1880–1943)
[lower-alpha 2]
5 December 19401 February 19432 years, 58 daysRoyal Army
3
Ambrosio, VittorioGeneral of the Army
Vittorio Ambrosio
(1879–1958)
[lower-alpha 3]
2 February 194318 November 1943289 daysRoyal Army
4
Ambrosio, VittorioMarshal of Italy
Giovanni Messe
(1883–1968)
[lower-alpha 4]
19 November 19431 May 19451 year, 163 daysCo-belligerent Army

Italian Republic (1945−present)

No. Chief of the Defence StaffTook officeLeft officeTime in officeDefence branch
5
Trezzani, ClaudioGeneral of the Army
Claudio Trezzani
(1881–1955)
2 May 19451 December 19505 years, 213 daysArmy
6
Efisio Marras, LuigiGenerale di Corpo d'Armata
Luigi Efisio Marras
(1888–1991)
2 December 195015 April 19543 years, 134 daysArmy
7
Mancinelli, GiuseppeGenerale di Corpo d'Armata
Giuseppe Mancinelli
(1895–1976)
16 April 195431 March 19594 years, 349 daysArmy
8
Rossi, AldoGenerale di Corpo d'Armata
Aldo Rossi
(1898–?)
1 April 195931 January 19666 years, 305 daysArmy
9
Aloia, AldoGenerale di Corpo d'Armata
Aldo Aloia
(1905–1980)
1 February 196624 February 19682 years, 23 daysArmy
10
Aloia, AldoGenerale di Corpo d'Armata
Guido Vedovato
(1906–?)
25 February 196814 January 19701 year, 323 daysArmy
11
Marchesi, EnzoGenerale di Corpo d'Armata
Enzo Marchesi
(1907–1996)
15 January 197031 July 19722 years, 198 daysArmy
12
Henke, EugenioSquadron vice admiral
Eugenio Henke
(1909–1990)
1 August 197231 January 19752 years, 183 daysNavy
13
Viglione, AndreaGenerale di Corpo d'Armata
Andrea Viglione
(1914–1992)
1 February 197531 January 19782 years, 364 daysArmy
14
Cavalera, FrancescoAir Squadron General
Francesco Cavalera
(1919–2013)
1 February 197831 January 19801 year, 364 daysAir Force
15
Torrisi, GiovanniSquadron vice admiral
Giovanni Torrisi
(1917–1992)
1 February 19802 September 19811 year, 213 daysNavy
16
Santini, VittorioGenerale di Corpo d'Armata
Vittorio Santini
(1920–2012)
3 September 198112 October 19832 years, 39 daysArmy
17
Bartolucci, LambertoAir Squadron General
Lamberto Bartolucci
(born 1924)
13 October 19838 January 19862 years, 88 daysAir Force
18
Bisogniero, RiccardoGenerale di Corpo d'Armata
Riccardo Bisogniero
(1923–2018)
9 January 198631 March 19882 years, 82 daysArmy
19
Porta, MarioSquadron vice admiral
Mario Porta
(1925–2018)
1 April 198831 March 19901 year, 364 daysNavy
20
Corcione, DomenicoGenerale di Corpo d'Armata
Domenico Corcione
(born 1929)
1 April 199031 December 19933 years, 274 daysArmy
21
Venturoni, GuidoSquadron vice admiral
Guido Venturoni
(born 1934)
1 January 199414 February 19995 years, 44 daysNavy
22
Arpino, MarioAir Squadron General
Mario Arpino
(born 1937)
15 February 199931 March 20012 years, 44 daysAir Force
23
Moschini, Rolando MoscaGeneral
Rolando Mosca Moschini
(born 1939)
1 April 20019 March 20042 years, 343 daysArmy
24
Di Paola, GiampaoloAdmiral
Giampaolo Di Paola
(born 1944)
10 March 200411 February 20083 years, 338 daysNavy
25
Camporini, VincenzoAir Squadron General
Vincenzo Camporini
(born 1946)
12 February 200817 January 20112 years, 339 daysAir Force
26
Abrate, BiagioGeneral
Biagio Abrate
(born 1949)
18 January 201130 January 20132 years, 12 daysArmy
27
Binelli Mantelli, LuigiAdmiral
Luigi Binelli Mantelli
(born 1950)
31 January 201327 February 20152 years, 28 daysNavy
28
Graziano, ClaudioGeneral
Claudio Graziano
(born 1953)
28 February 20155 November 20183 years, 250 daysArmy
29
Vecciarelli, EnzoAir Squadron General
Enzo Vecciarelli
(born 1957)
6 November 2018Incumbent1 year, 32 daysAir Force

See also

Notes

  1. Resigned due to setbacks in the Greco-Italian War
  2. Dismissed due to setbacks in the North African Campaign and on the Eastern Front
  3. Served at the time of the fall of the Fascist regime and the Armistice of Cassibile
  4. Chief of Staff of the Italian Co-belligerent Army

References

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