BRAZIL'S NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY:
A DEEPENING OF CIVILIAN CONTROL
LTC Linwood Ham Jr.
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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