(Last updated in: 03/30/2017 - 5:19pm)

Seminar on preparing the Defense budget in times of crisis held at FGV

In partnership with Escola de Comando e Estado-Maior do Exército [Brazilian Army Command and General Staff College] (ECEME), Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) will host the seminar titled “Preparing the Defense budget in times of crisis: a case study of Germany, Brazil, France and United States” on April 3, from 9 AM to 6 PM, at the auditorium of FGV’s main office, in Rio de Janeiro. The event will gather Brazilian and foreign experts in Rio to discuss how their governments, military, industry and academic sectors interact to define the defense budget in their respective countries.

Held under the Support Program for Scientific & Technological Research and Education in Strategic Matters of National Interest (Pró-Estratégia), funded by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), the debate will outline each country’s geopolitical challenges, specific institutional characteristics – such as the government system and civil-military relations, the layout of the defense industry, its competitive advantages, scale, geographic concentration and political influence – and the contexts of economic crisis and fiscal downturn, which have been recurring since 2008.

According to Octavio Amorim Neto, professor at FGV’s Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE), responsible for coordinating the seminar — alongside the School’s deputy dean, professor Alvaro Cyrino —, it is imperative to discuss how budget cuts are applied, in order not to jeopardize the country’s defense efforts.

“This is a great opportunity to discuss how military powers establish their defense budgets in times of crisis. Straight cuts are simply not enough when it comes to these issues. It is important to preserve the armed forces’ ability to take action. So, we will review the best practices in this sector,” he said.

Other key points to be addressed during the event include the role of independent think tanks when it comes to devising and implementing a defense policy, and the role of investments in international security and defense of pacifist countries.

“Germany and Brazil are both pacifist nations. We will discuss how countries guided by this type of foreign policy structure their defense industries and budgets,” said professor Octavio Amorim Neto, emphasizing the participation of Brigadier General Richard Fernandez Nunes, ECEME commander; ECEME professor Carlos Coelho; and Colonel Carlos Eduardo de Franciscis Ramos in organizing the meeting.

For more information and to register, please visit the website, which is in Portuguese