In mid-January, representatives from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) visited Salvador, in Bahia state, Brazil, to discuss the possibility of cooperation in technological innovation projects with the Brazilian National Service for Industrial Learning (SENAI).
DEVCOM-Americas Director Harry DuRette, and Rosa Santoni, director of DEVCOM Technology and Innovation Office in Brazil, visited the facilities of SENAI CIMATEC (Integrated Manufacturing and Technology Center, in Portuguese), on January 18. At the headquarters, located in the neighborhood of Piatã, in Salvador, DuRette and Santoni visited the Defense and Security Center, the Robotics and Quantum Computing Centers, and also the Aeronautics Research Laboratory and the Ballistic Testing Laboratory.
DuRette said that “what is most impressive is the size of the facilities, which encompass many competencies. It is a good demonstration of Brazilian science and technology. And the capacity for growth in these areas is what I see as the most promising aspect for the advancement of our partnership.”
This is the second visit of DEVCOM representatives to SENAI CIMATEC. The Brazilian Ministry of Defense and the Brazilian Army took part in the first visit in 2020 and support the advancing partnership between SENAI CIMATEC and the U.S. Army research center. This second meeting marks a breakthrough in the interest of academic and technological cooperation between the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and SENAI CIMATEC.
Milton Deiró, researcher at SENAI CIMATEC’s Defense and Security Center, said that “there are already some mapped areas of common interest, among them quantum computing. They have part of the expertise, we have part of the expertise, and this joining of forces comes at an extremely important moment for us to advance in the development of these technologies on both sides.”
The U.S. Army representatives also visited CIMATEC Park, SENAI CIMATEC’s technological and industrial complex, which spreads over a 4-million-square-meter area in the Camaçari Industrial Complex. Tarso Nogueira, manager of the SENAI CIMATEC Defense and Security Center, said that “six project proposals have already been submitted to DEVCOM for evaluation so that we can, in the next few months, conduct some of these projects with them. And, who knows, maybe soon we will have an exchange of teams here at SENAI CIMATEC with the laboratories that form the network within the U.S. military.”