US, PH to par­tic­i­pate in coun­tert­er­ror­ism cri­sis re­sponse drill

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

MANILA--

— The govern­ments of the Philip­pines and the United States will em­bark on a bi­lat­eral, in­ter­a­gency coun­tert­er­ror­ism drill, Tem­pest Wind, in mid-Septem­ber in­tended to test and im­prove the abil­ity of both na­tions to rapidly plan, co­or­di­nate, and con­duct coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tions.

The whole-of-gov­ern­ment drill will be aug­mented by ad­di­tional mil­i­tary as­sess­ments, na­tional level en­gage­ment, and sub­ject mat­ter ex­pert ex­changes.Th­e­seeventswill take place in the Philip­pines and Hawaii and are de­signed to cre­ate a real­is­tic en­vi­ron­ment to ex­er­cise coun­tert­er­ror­ism strat­egy, in­clud­ing se­nior de­ci­sion-mak­ing and tac­ti­cal re­sponses, while deep­en­ing the bi­lat­eral part­ner­ship.

In ad­di­tion to im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion ex­changes, Tem­pest Wind is rec­og­nized as a way to test force readi­ness and ex­er­cise in­ter­op­er­abil­ity. These as­sess­ments will help to fo­cus fu­ture bi­lat­eral train­ing ef­forts to en­hance the cri­sis re­sponse ca­pa­bil­i­ties of both na­tions.

The Mu­tual De­fense Board and Se­cu­rity En­gage­ment Board ap­proved Tem­pest Wind in Novem­ber 2016, high­light­ing the en­dur­ing com­mit­ment of both coun­tries to the U.S.Philip­pine al­liance.

The United States is a proud ally of the Philip­pines and will con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port and as­sis­tance to Philip­pine coun­tert­er­ror­ism ef­forts and work jointly to ad­dress shared threats to the peace and se­cu­rity of both coun­tries. (US Em­bassy Press Re­lease)

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