BRIGADIER GENERAL GIOVANNI PIETRO BARBANO
DIRECTOR, CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR STABILITY POLICE UNITS (COESPU)
BG Barbano joined the Italian Military Academy in Modena from 1980-82 and attended the Carabinieri Officers School from 1982-84. In 1985 he graduated in Nuclear Bacteriological and Chemical Defence from the Joint N.B.C. Defence School in Rome. In 1996–97, he attended the Junior Staff College and the Legal Advisor Course for the Italian Armed Forces at the Italian Army War School in Civitavecchia and the Carabinieri Officers School in Rome. In 1998-99, after a severe competitive selection, he attended the Joint Senior Staff College at the Italian Defense Centre for Advanced Studies in Rome. In 2015-16, at same Centre, he attended the 67th Session of the Institute of Advanced Studies for Defense.
Since his commissioning, BG Barbano performed in a variety of command and staff assignments, both in Italy and abroad. From 1984–90, he served as Platoon Leader and then as Company Commander, 1st Carabinieri Paratroopers Battalion “TUSCANIA” in Livorno. From 1990–94, he commanded the Carabinieri Precinct Company in Castelvetrano (Sicily), and from 1994–97, an equal Unit in Riccione (Emilia Romagna) where he supervised overall policing activities for law and order enforcement within their jurisdictions. From September 1995 until March 1996, he deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Western European Union Police Mission in Mostar. In 1997–98 he commanded the Emergency Response Department of the Carabinieri Provincial Command in Naples.
In 1999, appointed as Chief of Plans & Military Police Section within the Operations Office at the Carabinieri General HQs, he was responsible for planning and coordinating Carabinieri deployment to Peace Operations conducted under the aegis of the UN, NATO, OSCE, EU and other International Organisations. During this period, he was a member of the EU Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CIVCOM) and of the NATO MP Panel (SHAPE). As a Lieutenant Colonel in 2002-04, he commanded the Carabinieri Provincial Command in Bergamo. Of significance, in 2004-05, he actively contributed to the establishment of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) in Vicenza and later, promoted Colonel, in 2005-07, he was appointed as the first Chief of Staff of the co-located new born European Gendarmerie Force Permanent HQ (EuroGendFor).
From his experience in Vicenza, BG Barbano, in 2007-08, deployed again to BiH as Commanding Officer of the Integrated Police Unit Regiment within the European Union Force (EuFor “ALTHEA”) in Sarajevo, which constituted the first EuroGendFor mission ever deployed. Upon his redeployment, he was chosen as the Commander, Carabinieri Provincial Command, Trapani (Sicily), to enforce law & order fighting serious native and transnational organized crime, and countering trafficking of drugs and human beings. Then, in 2011-12, he was the Chief of Staff of the Carabinieri Officers School in Rome and in 2012-13, within the same School, Director of the Institute for Professional and Juridical-Military Studies. After these assignments, still in the rank of Colonel, he was selected as the Molise Regional Commander, a position normally held by Brigadier or Major Generals. In 2014-2015, he directed the Carabinieri National Administration Centre in Chieti.
In his current capacity of Director of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units, in 2016 he acted as President of the European Association of Peace Operations Training Centers (EAPTC) and since 2018 he belongs to the Executive Committee of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers as Chair of the Police Board.
BG Barbano’s civilian education includes, two Bachelor Degrees in Political Science and in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the Universities of Siena and Trieste. He also holds a Master Degree in Internal and External Security Science, from the University “Tor Vergata”, Rome. BG Barbano also holds Master of Arts Degrees in International Strategic-Military Studies, University of Milan, and Strategic Science, University of Turin. In 2016, a Master of Arts in Global Strategy and Security, University “La Sapienza” of Rome.
As a last acknowledgment, among many other different National and International honours and decorations, in 2019 he has been awarded by the President of the United States of America, with the Legion of Merit, Degree of Officer.
BG Barbano is professionally fluent in English and Spanish.
He is married with Mrs. Rosa Anna and has a daughter, Federica.