U.S., Brazil Defense Officials Look to Build on Military-to-Military Partnership


Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan welcomed Brazilian Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva to the Pentagon today for talks about the military-to-military relationship between their nations.

The Marine Band plays outside the Pentagon.
The U.S. Marine Band plays Brazil’s national anthem during a joint service welcome ceremony for Brazilian Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva at the Pentagon, March 26, 2019. DOD photo by Jim Garamone
The Marine Band plays outside the Pentagon.
Marine Band
The U.S. Marine Band plays Brazil’s national anthem during a joint service welcome ceremony for Brazilian Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva at the Pentagon, March 26, 2019. DOD photo by Jim Garamone
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The meeting took place a week after Brazil’s new leader -- President Jair Bolsonaro -- met with President Donald J. Trump. The U.S. president named Brazil a major non-NATO ally to the United States. “Our U.S.-Brazil relationship is entering a new era,” Shanahan said at the start of the meeting. “Brazil is a respected strategic partner.”

Shanahan said Brazil is a respected force for peace in the Western Hemisphere and beyond. The United States military looks forward to cooperating with Brazil on military exercises, professional military education and space, he added.

“I am excited to build on this moment with you and make concrete advances to keep both Brazil and the United States safe,” Shanahan said. “This includes cooperation and interoperability, defense industrial collaboration, research and development, cyber and space.”

U.S. Cyber Command and U.S. Southern Command already are working closely with their Brazilian counterparts to strengthen cyber defenses, Shanahan noted.

Another sign of the growing relationship is the signing of a partnership agreement between the New York National Guard and Brazil last week.

Brazil and the United States fought shoulder to shoulder against the Nazis in Italy during World War II, and that spirit continues, Fernando said.