Rapid Fire May 1, 2012: Philippines | F-22s | DRS | Arlington

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* The Philippines, whose appeal for international arbitration of territorial disputes with China has been rejected by Chinese authorities, wants to develop a “minimum credible defense posture”, gets closer to the US. * Rory Medcalf from the Lowy Institute for International Policy gives his Australian perspective on US rebalancing toward Asia [PDF]: “[I]t’s not only or principally China’s navy that been involved in incidents at sea, but in fact more often Chinese civilian and paramilitary agencies, whether they are fisheries, the oceanic administration, or any number of auxiliary actors. In some ways, confrontation with these groups can be more dangerous because civilian agencies probably have less discipline regarding rules of engagement than their military counterparts.” * The latest DoD Report on progress toward security and stability in Afghanistan [PDF] is out: “The insurgency’s safe haven in Pakistan, as well as the limited capacity of the Afghan Government, remain the biggest risks to the process of turning security gains into a durable and sustainable Afghanistan.” * The Associated Press claims that the US military “is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.” * Representative Randy Forbes [R-VA, chairman of the […]

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