The army is expected to prefer Italian to Korean suppliers in its touted billion-dollar purchase of training fighter jets.
Both Italy and South Korea are offering to buy Israeli military hardware in excess of the billion dollars, so the deal is mainly about choosing a future partner. And though our government leans toward the Italians, the Koreans are much more important to us.
First, the South Koreans have access to the best intelligence and information on the North Korean nuclear program. Unlike Italy, South Korea has a dynamic economy and a strong army. We should therefore work much more closely with the Koreans than the Italians.