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Ministry of Defense (Argentina)

The Ministry of Defense of Argentina is a ministry of the national executive power that deals with everything related to the country national defense. It currently works at the Libertador Building, at Paseo Colon 250, Buenos Aires.

As of January 2010 the minister of Defense is Nilda Garre since 2005.


Traditionaly the minister of Defense, as the Joint chiefs of Staff ( ) which traces back its origin to 1948 had a minor role in all armed forces activities relegating key decisions to the respectives chiefs of staff

A great change came into effect on June 12, 2006 when President Nestor Kirchner brought into force the Defence Law, which had been passed in 1988 as a means to modernize the doctrine of the armed forces and define their role, though successive governments had failed to put it into effect.

The law states that the armed forces will only be used against foreign aggression, and reduces the powers of the heads of the armed services, centralizing whole operational and acquisitions decisions under the authority of the minister of Defense through the Armed Forces Joint General Staff emphasizing Jointness


Estado Mayor Conjunto de las Fuerzas Armadas (EMC) : Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces

Secretaria de Estrategia y Asuntos Militares : Strategy and Military Affairs Secretary

Secretaria de Planeamiento : Planning Secretary

Secretaria de Asuntos Internacionales de la Defensa : Defense Foreign Affairs Secretary

Direccion Nacional de Inteligencia Estrategica Militar : National Directory for Military Intelligence

Direccion Nacional de Derechos Humanos y el Derecho Internacional Humanitario : National Directory for Human Rights


Industrial Complex:

See also

Argentine defense industry

Argentine Armed Forces

External links

Ministry of Defense

Joint chiefs off Staff

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