Franco Apicella is Lt. General (retired) of the Italian Army. His last appointment (1998-2001) was at HQ Italian Operational Land Forces as Chief of Staff. He served in NATO as Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Operations Division at HQ Lansouth in Verona (1993-1997). Currently he is senior editor of the webzine Pagine di Difesa (www.paginedidifesa.it). He studies and writes on international military policy and military history subjects.