The Brazilian Military Ideology: Implications for Institutionalized Democracy.
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The Brazilian military possesses an institutional ideology separate from that of civil society. This ideology has in the past mistakenly been identified as the National Security Doctrine NSD . However, the NSD is merely the codification of a flexible and continuous ideology that began to develop in the nineteenth century. The ideology is based on geopolitical theory which the military believes offers an objective and scientific approach to the problems of national security. According to the ideology, the organic states national security is in a constant state of peril which grants the military the role of state guardian. As guardians of the state the military also views itself as societys tutor in the process of preparing the nation for the responsible exercise of democracy. As long as the flexible and authoritarian military ideology is present, democracy in Brazil cannot be institutionalized and-will, at best, be a limited democracy.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Military Intelligence