The Pentagon’s recent Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR, pronounced skimmer or scammer depending on your inclination) has been described as Fight Club: “the first rule of SCMR is, you don’ talk about SCMR.” Aside from that deliberate opacity, was it a case of the budget driving the strategy? At least hopefully someone or something was driving, which beats the past 2 years spent pivoting to far Asian shores with the support of make-believe budgets. Picture your favorite gritty action movie hero(ine) performing a self-budgectomy: get this bloat out!
During the 46th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting over the weekend, Filipino Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario accused China of a “massive” military buildup in the South China Sea. Global Inquirer | AFP | AAP.