The Ministry of Defense of Argentina
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is a ministry
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of the national executive power that deals with everything related to the country national defense. It currently works at the Libertador Building
The Libertador Building is a government building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, housing the Ministry of Defense.-Overview:...
, at Paseo Colón 250, Buenos Aires
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As of December 2010 the minister of Defense is Arturo Puricelli
Arturo Puricelli is an Argentine lawmaker, currently the country's Minister of Defense.-Life and times:Arturo Antonio Puricelli was born in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, in 1948. He enrolled at the National University of the Littoral, and became affiliated with the populist Justicialist Party...
Traditionally 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 Néstor Kirchner
Néstor Carlos Kirchner was an Argentine politician who served as the 54th President of Argentina from 25 May 2003 until 10 December 2007. Previously, he was Governor of Santa Cruz Province since 10 December 1991. He briefly served as Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations ...
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
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- Estado Mayor Conjunto de las Fuerzas Armadas (EMC) : Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces
- Secretaría de Estrategia y Asuntos Militares : Strategy and Military Affairs Secretary
- Secretaría de Planeamiento : Planning Secretary
- Secretaría de Asuntos Internacionales de la Defensa : Defense Foreign Affairs Secretary
- Dirección Nacional de Inteligencia Estratégica Militar
Dirección Nacional de Inteligencia Estratégica Militar is an Argentine intelligence agency part of the National Intelligence System, created by the 2001 It is structurally dependent of the Ministry of Defense.-Function:Its main mission is to produce strategic military intelligence and analysis...
: National Directory for Military Intelligence
- Dirección Nacional de Derechos Humanos y el Derecho Internacional Humanitario : National Directory for Human Rights
- CITEDEF ( former CITEFA )
- Industrial Complex: ( FMA, Fabricaciones Militares, Tandanor
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/Domecq Garcia )
- Argentine defense industry
The Argentine defense industry has developed over the years, different programs to improve the armed forces of Argentina. The first major steps to establish a defense industry were made during the Second World War and they received a boost during the 1970s after the United States imposed an arms...
- Argentine Armed Forces
- Defense Diplomacy
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External links Ministry of Defense Joint chiefs off Staff