Accession Number:

ADA510838

Title:

Brazil's National Defense Strategy -- A Deepening of Civilian Control

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-15

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

The Brazilian military dictatorships of 1964-1985 established a national security strategy to modernize the country and populate the vast central and western areas of Brazil. Todays strategy similarly seeks to use the military as a means to advance grand national objectives. Under the leadership of President Luiz Inacio da Silva and Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, elected Brazilian officials will seize the mantle of civilian control of the military and provide strategic guidance and direction to the military services on their roles and missions. This project analyzes Brazils 2008 National Strategic Defense Plan NSDP and compares this document to strategies formulated after the return of elected civilian rule. The research will reveal a first-of-its-kind civilian strategy document that directs the creation of a defense structure that can defend its territory, address threats to the nation, and collaborate with regional and global partners. The research will identify challenges and opportunities for the United States as the new Obama administration contemplates this bilateral relationship. Recommendations are provided to augment U.S. defense policy to serve as a reliable partner to Brazil and to enhance greater defense relationships in the hemisphere.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE