PHL, Australia, Japan, US conducts military planning in Hawaii

Twenty-six Armed Forces of the Philippines were in Ford Island, Hawaii for Concept Development Workshop (CDW) with their American counterparts. The Philippine delegation was headed by Brigadier General Rodolfo Santiago, AFP Commandant, AFP Command & General Staff College.

The said Concept Development Workshop tackled the upcoming Balikatan (BK) 2016.

“The workshop provides a bilateral forum in which U.S. and Philippine senior level leaders have the opportunity to discuss exercise guidance, coordinate requirements, and develop exercise concepts for Balikatan,” the US Navy said.

BK 2016 planners addressed the Field Training Exercise, Staff Exercise, and Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Lines of Operation of the said upcoming war games.

Representatives from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) also participated in the workshop.