22. The National Security State

  1. Thomas H. Holloway Professor of History President Executive Secretary of CLAH
  1. David R. Mares Professor1,2

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch22

A Companion to Latin American History

A Companion to Latin American History

How to Cite

Mares, D. R. (2010) The National Security State, in A Companion to Latin American History (ed T. H. Holloway), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch22

Editor Information

  1. University of California at Davis, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 2

    El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131612

Online ISBN: 9781444391633



  • National Security State;
  • Guillermo O'Donnell's “Bureaucratic-Authoritarian Regime”;
  • doctrine of national security's key role - in these regimes, nomenclature of “National Security State” (NSS) being apt;
  • two key characteristics defining the National Security State - military institution itself, involved in leading the political system;
  • ideology of the military - founder of the nation, ultimate guarantor of legality, order, Christianity, and “national essence”;
  • “interior frontiers” - by military and civilian advocates of geopolitics;
  • study of geopolitics - most developed and innovative in Brazil;
  • National Security doctrine, identifying goals - a nation should have and factors determining its success;
  • intelligence, as a key defense mechanism;
  • National Security State - path to this catalyst, by economic crises and societal praetorianism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Defining the National Security State

  • The Ideology of National Security

  • National Security Professionals Must Lead

  • Intelligence as a Key Defense Mechanism

  • Origins of the National Security State

  • The End of the National Security State

  • bibliography