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The Creation and Endorsement of the DID

Creation:

President Rousseff called for enhanced defense cooperation between the U.S. and Brazil during her meeting with Vice President Biden in January 2015. Brazil then ratified two key bilateral defense cooperation agreements, the Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) and the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), and the United States continued reform of its export control policies to allow greater access to U.S. military technology by others, including Brazil. Collectively, these actions provided an opportunity for both governments to enhance the scope of their trade in defense. Presidents Obama and Rousseff then endorsed the creation of a U.S.-Brazil Defense Industry Dialogue (DID) to strategically integrate the private sector into the U.S.-Brazil defense relationship during an official visit to Washington, D.C., on June 30, 2015. Industry partners in both countries worked closely with the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Defense, and the Brazilian Ministries of Defense and External Relations, to implement the inaugural DID during the Fall of 2016.

Endorsements:

In June 2015, the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum issued a joint recommendation calling for the creation of a Defense Industry Dialogue and presented this recommendation to then U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Caroline Atkinson, Brazilian Minister of Development & Industry Armando Monteiro, and Minister of the Cabinet Aloizio Mercadante.

Also in June 2015, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council (BUSBC), Brazilian Association of Defense Manufacturers (ABIMDE), and the Defense Committee of the Federation of Industry of Sao Paulo (FIESP/COMDEFESA) jointly signed an open letter calling for the creation of the Defense Industry Dialogue. The associations presented the letter to then Brazilian Defense Minister Jacques Wagner, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews, and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde during a meeting at the U.S. Chamber in Washington, DC.


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