Ministry of Defense
Flag of the Minister of Defense

The Brazilian Ministry of Defense at the Ministries Esplanade (es), Monumental Axis
Ministry overview
Formed10 July 1999
Preceding agencies
JurisdictionFederal government of Brazil
HeadquartersBloc Q Ministries Esplanade (es), Monumental Axis, Brazilia
15°47′46.7″S 47°52′08.1″W / 15.796306°S 47.868917°W / -15.796306; -47.868917Coordinates: 15°47′46.7″S 47°52′08.1″W / 15.796306°S 47.868917°W / -15.796306; -47.868917
Annual budgetUS$ 28.4 billion (2017)[1]
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Defense (Portuguese: Ministério da Defesa) of Brazil is the civilian cabinet organization responsible for managing the Military of Brazil. It is Brazil's ministry of defense. It is headed by the Minister of Defense.

The Ministry of Defense has three major components under its command structure - the Army Command, the Navy Command, and the Air Force Command. Among the many agencies operated by the Ministry of Defense are the National Civil Aviation Agency, the Infraero, and the Superior War School. The ministry is headquartered in the Ministries Esplanade section of the Monumental Axis, Brasilia.

The Brazilian Ministry of Defense at the Monumental Axis.
The Brazilian Ministry of Defense at the Monumental Axis.

Defense policy

Brazil's national defense policy is outlined in the National Defense Policy, the National Mobilization Policy and the National Defense Strategy.

List of Ministers of Defense

Photo Name Took Office Left Office Appointed by
Élcio Álvares 10 June 1999 23 January 2000 Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Geraldo Magela Quintão 24 January 2000 31 December 2002 Fernando Henrique Cardoso
José Viegas Filho 1 January 2003 8 November 2004 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
José Alencar 8 November 2004 31 March 2006 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Waldir Pires 31 March 2006 25 July 2007 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Nelson Jobim 25 July 2007 4 August 2011 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Dilma Rousseff
Celso Amorim 4 August 2011 31 December 2014 Dilma Rousseff
Jaques Wagner 1 January 2015 2 October 2015 Dilma Rousseff
Aldo Rebelo 2 October 2015 12 May 2016 Dilma Rousseff
Raul Jungmann 20 August 2016 27 February 2018 Michel Temer
Joaquim Silva e Luna 27 February 2018 1 January 2019 Michel Temer
Fernando Azevedo e Silva 1 January 2019 29 March 2021 Jair Bolsonaro
Walter Souza Braga Netto 29 March 2021 Incumbent Jair Bolsonaro
Source: Ministry of Defense[2][3]

See also

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