The Brazilian Ministry of Defense at the Ministries Esplanade (es), Monumental Axis
|Formed||10 July 1999|
|Jurisdiction||Federal government of Brazil|
|Headquarters||Bloc Q Ministries Esplanade (es), Monumental Axis, Brazilia|
|Annual budget||US$ 28.4 billion (2017)|
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.
Brazil's national defense policy is outlined in the National Defense Policy, the National Mobilization Policy and the National Defense Strategy.
|Photo||Name||Took Office||Left Office||Appointed by|
|1||Élcio Álvares||10 June 1999||23 January 2000||Fernando Henrique Cardoso|
|2||Geraldo Magela Quintão||24 January 2000||31 December 2002||Fernando Henrique Cardoso|
|3||José Viegas Filho||1 January 2003||8 November 2004||Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva|
|4||José Alencar||8 November 2004||31 March 2006||Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva|
|5||Waldir Pires||31 March 2006||25 July 2007||Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva|
|6||Nelson Jobim||25 July 2007||4 August 2011||Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva|
|7||Celso Amorim||4 August 2011||31 December 2014||Dilma Rousseff|
|8||Jaques Wagner||1 January 2015||2 October 2015||Dilma Rousseff|
|9||Aldo Rebelo||2 October 2015||12 May 2016||Dilma Rousseff|
|10||Raul Jungmann||20 August 2016||27 February 2018||Michel Temer|
|11||Joaquim Silva e Luna||27 February 2018||1 January 2019||Michel Temer|
|12||Fernando Azevedo e Silva||1 January 2019||29 March 2021||Jair Bolsonaro|
|13||Walter Souza Braga Netto||29 March 2021||Incumbent||Jair Bolsonaro|
|Source: Ministry of Defense|