810.20 Defense/1634/8: Telegram

The Ambassador in Brazil ( Caffery ) to the Secretary of State

286. For the Under Secretary. Colonel Miller and I have been talking to Aranha, Dutra and Góes Monteiro. They express much interest to cooperate with us, coordinate defense plans, et cetera. At the same time however they harp on their own unpreparedness: they insist on the importance of our selling them arms on credit. They repeat that they are willing to enlarge the air bases at Fernando do Noronha and Natal as well as strengthen their fortifications but say they must have credits for doing so. Aranha is to give me memorandum on the subject today.