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The Ministry of Defence (Portuguese language: Ministério da Defesa ) of Brazil, is the civilian cabinet organization responsible for managing the Military of Brazil. It is headed by the Minister of Defence.

The Ministry of Defence 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 Defence are the National Civil Aviation Agency, the Infraero, and the Superior War School.

Defense policy

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

List of Ministers of Defence

Photo Name Took Office Left Office Appointed by
1 Élcio Álvares 991112-D-2987S-076.jpg Élcio Álvares 10 June 1999 23 January 2000 Fernando Henrique Cardoso
2 Geraldo Magela Quintao 000628-D-2987S-026.jpg Geraldo Magela Quintão 24 January 2000 31 December 2002 Fernando Henrique Cardoso
3 José Viegas.jpg José Viegas Filho 1 January 2003 8 November 2004 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
4 Jose Alencar.jpg José Alencar 8 November 2004 31 March 2006 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
5 Waldir Pires1.jpg Waldir Pires 31 March 2006 25 July 2007 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
6 Nelson Jobim.jpg Nelson Jobim 25 July 2007 4 August 2011 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Dilma Rousseff
7 Celso Amorim.jpg Celso Amorim 4 August 2011 Dilma Rousseff
Source: Ministry of Defence[1][2]

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