World Cup: Brazil defends for bio-attack

Brazil’s Ministry of Defense recently approved a set of guidelines for defending against biological attacks during 2014 World Cup. The guidelines provide a blueprint for how security services should guard against biological attacks
Holger Alava | 30 September 2013

Brazil’s Ministry of Defense recently approved a set of guidelines for defending against biological attacks during 2014 World Cup.

The guidelines were published in recent weeks in the Official Journal of the Union. The guidelines, which will take effect in March 2014, provide a blueprint for how security services should guard against biological attacks. The guidelines also provide a plan for how security forces, including the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force, should respond to a biological attack.

The World Cup is scheduled to take place in Brazil between June 12 and July 31 2014.

The guidelines provide plans for how security forces should respond to attacks in various locations, such as a soccer stadium packed with fans, an airport, or a seaport. The Commission of Biosecurity of the Ministry of Defense and the Department of Health and Social Welfare studied the guidelines before they were approved for publication.

Coordinated plan

Federal, state, and municipal governments are working cooperatively to provide security to ensure the World Cup unfolds safely and peacefully. “We are working so that these events happen without any incident.

We are preparing for this. And the integration (of different levels of government) will be one of the main factors,” Defense Minister Celso Amorim said during the signing of the strategic security plan for the 2014 World Cup. The ceremony took place at the headquarters of the Eastern Military Command in Rio de Janeiro.

Minister of Justice José Eduardo Cardozo; and Gen. Roberto Sebastião Peternelli Jr., the executive secretary of the Cabinet of Institutional Security (GSI) of the presidency also signed the document.

National defense

The guidelines call for training for security forces regarding how to respond to biological attacks. The guidelines also call for Brazilian government agencies to cooperate with each other, and for international cooperation.

“The guidelines of bio-safety, bio- protection and biological defense aim to guide the preparation and utilization of the Armed Forces in the planning and implementation of actions to strengthen the national response capabilities to threats of biological nature, and ensure the fulfillment of the national defense interests,” the guidelines state.

The guidelines “consolidate the measures that have been developed for a long time by the Army Institute of Biology in its laboratories, since it began its work with the Osvaldo Cruz Foundation and the National School of Public Health in Rio de Janeiro, in 1996,” Col. Robert Guedes said, according to published reports.

The Armed Forces will be required to develop specific guidelines for how to respond to biological attacks, according to the guidelines. The Armed Forces will also be required to provide training on how to respond to biological attacks and threats.

The Armed Forces will play an increasingly important role in providing security during the World Cup competition. For example, the Armed Forces will join the Federal Police in providing security on public roads during the event.

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