Accession Number : ADA220551


Title :   Brazil, the United States, and the Missile Technology Control Regime


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 1989-Mar 1990,


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Tollefson, Scott D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a220551.pdf


Report Date : 19 Mar 1990


Pagination or Media Count : 122


Abstract : This technical report analyzes Brazil's development of ballistic missiles in light of U.S. pressures to stifle that development. The first section describes and critiques the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR); the second analyzes the U.S. application of MTCR guidelines toward Brazil; the third assesses Brazil's ballistic missile capabilities; and the fourth considers Brazil's response. The report concludes that the U.S. policy of restricting space and missile technology to Brazil under the MTCR has succeeded in stalling Brazil's missile program, but has also (1) further strained Brazilian security relations with the United States; (2) weakened U.S. influence over Brazil's rocket and missile programs; (3) strengthened Brazilian ties with European suppliers (especially France) of space and missile technology; (4) driven Brazil into closer technological cooperation with the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union; and (5) intensified Brazilian negotiations with Iraq and Libya. As Brazil moves away from the United States (its traditional supplier of space and missile technology), it is becoming relatively more autonomous and less vulnerable to U.S. restrictions on space and missile technology. The successful implementation of an internationalist development strategy by Brazil's new president, Fernando Collor de Mello, could provide the United States with an exceptional opportunity to improve relations with Brazil. The United States could possibly negotiate the easing of MTCR restrictions on space technology to Brazil without jeopardizing the goal of ballistic missile non- proliferation. (eg)


Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILES , *BRAZIL , *BALLISTICS , CONTROL , IRAQ , UNITED STATES , SPACE TECHNOLOGY , STALLING , FRANCE , LIBYA , MILITARY PUBLICATIONS , CHINA , COOPERATION , USSR , POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS , PRESIDENT(UNITED STATES)


Subject Categories : Geography
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Guided Missiles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE