Revisiting US role in Mindanao

Revisiting US role in Mindanao

Last month, in a deadly clash in Lanao del Norte province, Islamist militants affiliated with the Middle East-based Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed six commandos from the Philippine Army’s elite Scout Ranger battalion.

Transforming an insular army

Transforming an insular army

It was only when former president Benigno Aquino revived a 15-year military modernization program that the military leadership began to focus on external defense capabilities.