US and Philippines Plan to Restart Joint Military Projects

A group of Philippine Marines gather to watchUS Marine Corps (USMC) personnel assigned to 1ST Battalion, 6th Marines demonstrate the M224 60mm Lightweight Mortar at Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, in preparation for the Exercise TALON VISIOIN 02. The exercise is designed to improve military relations and operability with the US Armed Forces and the Philippine Armed Forces / LCPL Brandon A. Gwathney, Usmc

Plans to build facilities for U.S. troops in the Philippines, which had stalled for years amid wrangling over rules for visiting forces, are back on track, officials from both countries said Thursday.

“We plan to move fairly quickly,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said during an online conference sponsored by Pacific Forum. The Hawaii-based think tank organized the event to discuss the allies’ 70-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty.

Facilities for U.S. forces at five bases were authorized by the Philippines government under the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

The pact allows U.S. troops and contractors to operate at agreed-upon locations in the Philippines. Although the revised Philippine constitution bans permanent U.S. bases, the agreement hands U.S. forces operational control of the shared facilities and allows them to stockpile defense equipment and supplies.

Read more at Stripes. 

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 months ago

Reopen Subic Bay Naval base & Clark AFB??

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
3 months ago

IF YOU WANT CHINA FOO YOU ASS GREAT IDEA BE CAREFUL OF BIDEN.


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