Surveillance, repression and intelligence against organized crime
Introduced by President Dilma in June 2011, the Strategic Border Plan consolidates the choice of PT governments to relentlessly tackle organized crime, through surveillance, repression and intelligence, through the unprecedented combination of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Federal Police and other security forces.
The Dilma government invests in the protection of Brazil against cyber attacks
The Army Strategic Cyber Defense Project has been engaged since 2009. The following year, all activities of the three Forces in the area came to be coordinated by the Cyber Defense Centre. The first practical action of the Centre's professionals took place in 2012, at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20).
Another important challenge for Brazil came in 2013, when General Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz assumed overall command of the largest and most important UN Peacekeeping mission, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa.
There were 22 thousand men from 20 different countries, with a new task in UN history: for the first time, the "blue helmets" were allowed to attack the insurgents and irregular armies operating in the region.
Country is in command of the international forces in Haiti and Lebanon
Being part of peace peacekeeping operations is not new to the Brazilian armed forces. The news came as the UN Security Council decided to send a stabilization mission to Haiti in 2004 and appointed Brazil as principal agent of mission, coordinating and directing the actions.
Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador working on joint development of a Regional Training Aircraft, first defense aircraft for UNASUR. The aircraft will be produced at Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FADEA).
The construction of the aircraft, another step in the consolidation of continental integration, strengthens the defense industry in South America as a whole. For Brazil, the project provides the entry of domestic companies into markets dominated by other countries.
Another way to keep the country updated with the most advanced and innovative technology is to link their purchases of equipment to technology transfer. This was demonstrated by the choice of Swedish company Saab as a supplier of 36 new Gripen jets acquired to contribute to the modernization of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).
Upon acquisition, the company readily agreed to transfer all of the project technology to Brazil. It had happened before, with the purchase of helicopters manufactured by Helibras, in which domestic components account for 50% of the equipment cost.
Industry to receive $ 8.6 billion to invest in innovation
Scientific innovation is a prerequisite for any country wishing to use its deterrent potential to protect its wealth and avoid armed conflict.
In the 20 years leading up to Lula and Dilma governments, Brazil had almost stopped investing in this type of research. But beginning in 2003, with the election of Lula, investments resumed. Direct support programs were created and the federal government began to share with the companies the risk of research.