US and Brazil Begin 36th Annual Army-to-Army Staff Talks

US and Brazil Begin 36th Annual Army-to-Army Staff Talks

By Leanne Thomas/U.S. Army South/Edited by Diálogo Staff
November 13, 2020

U.S. and Brazil army-to-army staff talks, a weeklong series of meetings held to strengthen professional partnerships and increase interaction between armies, was inaugurated at the Army South headquarters on October 20.

The U.S. Army Staff Talks Program serves as a bilateral engagement for military discussion between respective armies. This year marks the 36th time the U.S. Army and the Brazilian Army have met for staff talks, which have been instrumental in enhancing the interoperability and cooperation between the two partners.

“On behalf of the chief of Staff of the [U.S.] Army, General James McConville, I am deeply honored and proud to have this opportunity to continue strengthening our enduring army-to-army partnership,” said Major General Daniel R. Walrath, commanding general, U.S. Army South. “These talks continue to develop our army-to-army partnership and, as of last year [2019], with our newest major non-NATO ally.”

These staff talks serve as the U.S. Army’s premier annual engagement for U.S. Army South, Brazilian planners, and key leaders to discuss and prepare bilateral security cooperation agreed-to-actions for approval by both armies.

“As we adapt to the COVID environment, our armies continue to demonstrate flexibility, agility, and adaptability to address these new challenges while maintaining our strategic relationship,” said Maj. Gen. Walrath. “These staff talks embody the deep partnership between our armies, which was forged during the difficult Italian Campaign of World War II.”

“We will continue the security cooperation momentum our armies began during World War II that has been nurtured over the past 35 years through these bilateral staff talks, which strengthen our partnership, enhance regional security, and improve the readiness and interoperability of our two armies,” said Maj. Gen. Walrath.