Accession Number : ADA281993

Title :   The Brazilian Military Ideology: Implications for Institutionalized Democracy.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Smith, Jeffrey B.

Report Date : 03 MAY 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : The Brazilian military possesses an institutional ideology separate from that of civil society. This ideology has in the past mistakenly been identified as the National Security Doctrine (NSD) . However, the NSD is merely the codification of a flexible and continuous ideology that began to develop in the nineteenth century. The ideology is based on geopolitical theory which the military believes offers an objective and scientific approach to the problems of national security. According to the ideology, the organic state's national security is in a constant state of peril which grants the military the role of state guardian. As guardians of the state the military also views itself as society's tutor in the process of preparing the nation for the responsible exercise of democracy. As long as the flexible and authoritarian military ideology is present, democracy in Brazil cannot be institutionalized and-will, at best, be a limited democracy.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, BRAZIL, DEMOCRACY.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE