Accession Number:

ADA043497

Title:

Republic of the Philippines--A Strategic Study.

Descriptive Note:

Study project,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Report Date:

1977-06-08

Pagination or Media Count:

64.0

Abstract:

This study examines the strategic importance of US military basing in Philippines in the post-Vietnam era. US national interests in the Pacific are examined as well as the changing Asian and Pacific power relations. Among these are the rising nationalism of Southeast Asia nations, proposed US withdrawals from Korea, the Taiwan question, the US-Japanese connection, US-PRC normalization of relations, and the growing Soviet naval capability. The authors conclude that a concept of forward basing is the most efficient and effective strategy for the US to follow. They suggest that, in light of a forward defense strategy, the Philippine bases constitute an irreplaceable physical asset and an invaluable force multiplier for projection of US military power and influence in the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas. The US should pursue current negotiations on Military Basing Agreement and Mutual Defense Treaties with a view toward retention of Philippine bases in exchange for adequate concessions and compensation to the Marcos government.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE