Date and place of birth: May 20, 1961, Genoa.
Current position: Minister of Defense in the government of Paolo Gentiloni (December 12, 20016); Senator.
Previous: Minister of defence in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government. Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Defense in Enrico Letta government; shadow defense minister for Walter Veltroni; Leader of the Chamber of Deputies, Defense Committee’ Secretary of the Democratic Party for Genoa.
Education: Degree in modern literature.
What you should know: Smashed through glass ceilings as Italy’s first female Defense Minister, first woman to head the House Defense Committee. Currently leading a major cost-savings push by sales of non-core real estate and other military assets, reducing commands and excessive entitlements.