Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 03:40 UTC

Brazil and Argentina sign ‘combined military operations’ agreement

Brazil announced on Monday its first agreement on combined operations with Argentina which will allow the two countries forces to act jointly in catastrophe situations and peace missions.

Joint Staff chief General Jose Carlos de Nardi: ‘confidence building measures’

“It’s a measure which promotes confidence building in military affairs between two friendly nations”, said General Jose Carlos de Nardi, Chief of the Joint Staff of Brazil’ Armed Forces in a release.

Also known as the ‘combined doctrine’, the agreement started to be discussed two years ago and has instructions for the two countries to operate combined in situations of national emergency and international peace missions.

Argentina has already subscribed a similar agreement of combined operations in catastrophe scenarios with Peru and is expected to do likewise with Chile and Bolivia. For Brazil it is the first agreement of this characteristic added the release.

Last Friday Chilean and Argentine forces were effectively involved in a joint exercise of the Bi-national Peace Force, identified as “Southern Cross” which took place in Bahía Blanca.

“For Chile it represents great pride to be part of the Southern Cross Bi-national Peace Force, which is being structured and already has a combined life with the Argentine Armed Forces”, said Chilean Defence Rodrigo Hinzpeter.

The minister added that the bi-national force Southern Cross was programmed to be on duty for the United Nations peace keeping efforts, and is expected to be operational in 2013 with humanitarian aid missions.

Hinzpeter and his Argentine peer Arturo Puricelli also considered the drafting of emergency protocols for humanitarian de-mining which is currently taking place along the shared border in Patagonia. The protocol refers to medical attention and support in the event of accidents.

“Our country is involved in de-mining activities in the austral zone and different islands, and many times we have anticipated that in the event of a tragedy, an accident, arising from the de-mining activities flying the victim to Chilean hospitals can take longer and have more delays. Thus the protocols are there so that we can fly to military hospitals in Ushuaia or Argentine civilian hospitals in Rio Grande. This will help us gain time for those who might be injured”, said Minister Hinzpeter.

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1 Troy Tempest (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 04:04 am Report abuse
Dammit !!
Argentina's 'militarising' something, now. I just know it!!!

Grrr. #€!£$&@+#>”&$@!!
2 Ayayay (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 04:17 am Report abuse
Sounds like the -aim- may be helpful, if they create something like the Army Corps of Engineers.
3 Pirat-Hunter (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 04:25 am Report abuse
Without nuclear defence program it all a lot of noise.
4 brit abroad (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 04:52 am Report abuse
At 3,

You turnip! RGs with nukes would be like a horse doing open heart surgery....a mess! You can't even keep standard vessels in decent working order! You'd end up killing more of your own kind trying to get nuke energy working!

So Brasil and the RGs playing soldiers!!!! I can imagine what Brasil can bring to the table, but RGs?? They haven't got anything that isn't either impounded or broken! Airfarce? Navy? La campora?
5 Troy Tempest (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 04:56 am Report abuse
@2 Ayayay

“Sounds like the -aim- may be helpful, if they create something like the Army Corps of Engineers.”

Agreed, sounds benign and helpful ! Stability too.


Helping people = good!

Killing people = Bad !! Take a while to digest that.

There will be a quiz. :-)
6 Lord Ton (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 05:12 am Report abuse
But Argentina IS a catastrophe !
7 Boovis (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 06:42 am Report abuse
No, no, it's an area of peace, no military activity here, no no.

What does Brazil get from this, exactly, apart from a couple of battalions of cannon fodder to send to the front before their own boys go in?
8 JuanGabriel (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 06:57 am Report abuse
Sounded like to me they are just preparing for the deployment of Brazilian peace keeping troops for when the crunch comes in Argentina
9 toooldtodieyoung (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 07:05 am Report abuse
“Brazil and Argentina sign ‘combined military operations’ agreement”

Sound to me like they want Brazil to help them get their ship back.......
10 Xect (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 07:15 am Report abuse
Sounds like a whole lot of nothing to me....

Another one of those agreements that never does anything or achieves anything.
11 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 11:39 am Report abuse
So with this joint military venture......Brazil provides the military, what does Argentina provide....the popcorn?
12 Pirate Love (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 11:46 am Report abuse
keep your friends close and your enemies closer :)
13 GeoffWard2 (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 11:47 am Report abuse
Yup #9
short term, jointly get ship back before the African states can get their act together.
Short term, use Brasil's Bope to protect the Casa Rosada and ensure the lost bullets find the right marks.

Aim: use lethal force of both countries to preserve the incumbents in power..... but, hey, if they also used Venezuelan forces they could call up their Cuban brigades.

Seriously though folks, Unasur already have this agreement across the whole of South America.
14 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 10:49 pm Report abuse
This is an encouraging development, given Brazil's reach in Africa...
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