Brazil's National Defense Strategy: Opportunities and Challenges
Col. Robert Casias, Beyond the Horizon Task Force commander, U.S. Army South, gives Brazilian officiers a presentation on the Beyond the Horizon 2008 exercise (Photo: Sgt. Theanne Tangen)  



LTC Linwood Ham Jr.
US Army

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Governments.



Brazilian military dictatorships of 1964-1985 established national security strategies principally to modernize the country and populate the vast central and western areas of Brazil.

This USAWC resident student paper analyzes Brazil's new 2008 National Strategic Defense Plan and reveals a first of its kind civilian strategy document that directs the creation of a defense structure that can defend Brazilian territory, address the threats to the nation, and collaborate with regional and global partners.

The author identifies challenges and opportunities for the United States as a new administration contemplates the bilateral relationship. Recommendations are provided to augment U.S. defense policy to serve as a reliable partner and to enhance greater defense relationships in the hemisphere.

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