What’s in the New Philippines Joint Service Military Exercise?

What’s in the New Philippines Joint Service Military Exercise?

On Friday, Philippine officials confirmed that the Southeast Asian state would hold a new joint service military exercise. While details still remain unclear, the engagement, which has been labeled the first of its kind, has nonetheless highlighted ongoing efforts by the country to boost its capabilities and preparedness to address a range of security challenges. As I have noted previously, while the Philippine military, known as the Armed Forces of…

What Does the New Philippines Defense Budget Say About Future Military Modernization Under Duterte?

What Does the New Philippines Defense Budget Say About Future Military Modernization Under Duterte?

Last week, numbers were disclosed for the Philippines’ initial defense budget. While these numbers are still preliminary, they nonetheless warrant analysis to get a sense of what they say and do not say about the Southeast Asian state’s defense outlook for 2020 and beyond under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. As I have noted before in these pages, though the Philippine military has long faced a range of internal and external…