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James Mattis Discusses Regional Security Challenges, Defense Cooperation With Southeast Asian Counterparts

Defense Secretary James Mattis met with his Southeast Asian counterparts at the former Clark Air Base in the Philippines to discuss security challenges and defense cooperation in the region, DoD News reported Monday. Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Mattis attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Defense Ministers Meeting-Plus where defense leaders …

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James Mattis to Address Regional Security Issues in APAC Visit

Defense Secretary James Mattis plans to discuss security challenges and mutual interests with some of his counterparts in Asia-Pacific during his visit to the region this week. He will participate in the three-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers Meeting in the Philippines that will run through Wednesday, the Defense Department …

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Reports: China’s Navy Seizes US Unmanned Undersea Drone

China’s navy seized a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle sometime Thursday in international waters around the South China Sea, various media outlets reported Friday. According to CNN, the USNS Bowditch attempted to recover two undersea drones about 100 miles off a port at Subic Bay near the Philippines when a Chinese …

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US to Allocate $120M in 2016 Military Aid for The Philippines

The U.S. government will grant approximately $120 million in military aid to the Philippines in 2016 at the largest amount of support in approximately 15 years , Reuters reported Friday. Manuel Mogato writes Jose Cuisia, Philippine ambassador to the U.S., told American Chamber of Commerce members in Manila Friday the Philippines is negotiating …

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US Donates 114 Armored Vehicles to Philippines

The U.S. government has donated 114 M113A2 armored vehicles to the Philippines as part of a U.S. military program for excess military equipment, Agence France-Presse reported Thursday. The Philippine army accepted 77 armored personnel carriers Wednesday and will receive the remaining batch of vehicles in January, according to a statement by …

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President Obama Begins Tour of Asia; Ben Rhodes Comments

President Barack Obama has begun his tour of Asia by first visiting Japan amid the country’s growing territorial dispute with China, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. David Lynch writes President Obama will later visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in a move to address those countries’ escalating tensions with Beijing. Japan …

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Philippine Defense Dept Buys 8 Bell Helicopters; C.M. Hwang Comments

The Philippines’ National Defense Department has purchased eight Bell Helicopter-built choppers under a memorandum of understanding with Canadian Commercial Corp. as the country seeks to modernize its helicopter fleet. Textron‘s Bell Helicopter will work to configure five of the 412EP helicopters for combat and relief operations while the remaining 412s …

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U.S. Offers $20M Boost in Philippine Military Aid

The U.S. will increase its annual military aid package to the Philippines from $30 million to $50 million in fiscal 2014, Reuters reported Wednesday. Manuel Mogato writes the Philippines is considering acquiring a third Hamilton-class warship to boost naval patrols amid a territorial dispute between the country and China. “For …

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