Golbery do Couto e Silva

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Golbery do Couto e Silva
Golberi do Couto e Silva, ex-ministro-chefe do Gabinete Civil da Presidência da República..tif
Chief of Staff of the Presidency
In office
March 15, 1974 – August 6, 1981
President Ernesto Geisel (1974–79)
João Figueiredo (1979–81)
Preceded by João Leitão de Abreu
Succeeded by João de Carvalho Oliveira
Minister of the Federal Court of Accounts
In office
March 30, 1967 – September 18, 1968
Appointed by Artur da Costa e Silva
Preceded by Antônio Brochado da Rocha
Succeeded by Guilhermino de Oliveira
Head of the National Intelligence Service
In office
June 25, 1964 – March 15, 1967
President Castelo Branco
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Emílio Garrastazu Médici
Personal details
Born (1911-08-21)August 21, 1911
Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died September 18, 1987(1987-09-18) (aged 76)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Political party ARENA

Golbery do Couto e Silva (August 21, 1911 – September 18, 1987) was a Brazilian General of the Army, who developed the Brazilian National Security Doctrine.


Golbery was born in Rio Grande do Sul. Admitted to the Brazilian Military School for Officers at Realengo, Rio de Janeiro, at the age of 16 in 1927, he became an officer on November 22, 1930. He served in the 9th Infantry Regiment in the Pelotas city of the State of Rio Grande do Sul.

As a lieutenant, he also served in the 6th Infantry Regiment. In May 1937 he was promoted to captain and began to serve on the National Security Council. Later he was sent to Curitiba in the state of Parana. Soon after, he was sent to Joinville, serving in the 13th Chasseurs' Brigade.

In December 1941 he began his studies at the General Staff School of the Brazilian Army. He graduated in August 1943, and in the same year was sent to the 3rd Military Region, in Porto Alegre.

He was part of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force as an Intelligence Officer during the Second World War, a post he occupied until the end of the war.

Returning to Brazil in October 1946, Captain Golbery was reassigned to the state of Rio Grande do Sul and then to Rio de Janeiro. After some years of service, he reached the rank of general.

Doctrine of National Security[edit]

In 1966 he wrote a book titled Geopolítica do Brasil (Brazilian Geopolitics) in which he argued for a doctrine of national security that would connect the state to the economy in the name of national security. This book greatly influenced the armed forces during the military dictatorship in Brazil.[1][2]

He died, aged 76, in São Paulo.