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The Success of the Security and Defense Operations during the Confederations Cup

By Dialogo
July 16, 2013

The apparatus for the security and defense during the Confederations Cup was the largest ever performed in Brazil, just like the planning and the coordination of preventive joint actions with many federal, state, and municipal governments, not only in the six host cities where the games took place, but also in many other parts of the country.

Law enforcement and approximately 20,000 military members of the Navy, Army, and Air Force operated in ten sectors considered strategic for the safety of the population, the foreign delegations, and the tourists who participated in the event, generating R$ 331.5 million (149.4 million dollars).

The actions of strategic and operational intelligence, terrorism prevention, explosive supervision, security and cyber defense, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense, must be emphasized; as well as the cooperation in Civil Defense activities and the protection of the land borders.

In particular, Operation Ágata, another joint effort of the Armed Forces and police organizations, seized 25 tons of drugs and 4.9 tons of explosives in 19 days of action, numbers considered historic by the Center of Operations of the Joint Staff, the general activities coordination agency.

Despite the protests that occurred simultaneously at the event, which involved thousands of people, displayed isolated violent acts perpetrated by anarchist groups, the security plan of the Confederations Cup was not modified and showed great efficiency. Proof of that lies in that there were no records of serious incidents that could have hurt the institutional image of the event or the country before the international public opinion.

The results obtained are considered excellent, an unquestionable proof that the coordinated actions by specialized centers in specific areas may be a good alternative for the security plan of major events.

Another important point was the direct involvement of different federal agencies, such as the Ministries of Defense and Justice, supporting the Task Force actions. The same security plan will be used during World Youth Day, except that in this specific situation the events will occur in open areas, increasing the level of vulnerability. Either way, the results obtained are a good prognosis for the security of future events, such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.