More than a hundred companies are exhibiting tomorrow for the Asian Defence, Security & Crisis Management Exhibition and Conference or ADAS for short. Two years after its local debut ADAS organizers Apac Expo Pte Ltd. have rolled out a proper sequel with all the trappings. It’s larger, brighter, and more crowded, with an orgy of back-to-back seminars, and a lot of big names.
ADAS 2016 is held at the World Trade Center in Manila. It’s a commodious venue best known for flashy car shows and other colorful occasions. From September 28 to 30, however, it will be hosting an exposition for defense contractors and arms dealers for untold thousands of visitors in government and the armed forces. But who exactly are the companies seeking to do business with the Philippines this time around?
21st Century Asian Arms Race is a media partner for ADAS 2016.
The short answer is a definitive “No.” It just so happened that during a recent visit to a military base, which President Rodrigo Duterte has made a habit of, he mentioned either Beijing or Moscow could furnish loans for arms acquisitions. These statements were made a week after the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos.
It was in Laos where Duterte’s off the cuff remarks appeared to have strained Manila’s ties with Washington, DC. The diplomatic fallout led to a flurry of pronouncements from the Philippine capital–many of them coming from the President himself–about turning away from US influence.
Each month the US Army’s think tank the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) publishes its open source OEWatch magazine. It’s a superb brief featuring excerpts of news about ongoing wars and crises. These snippets gathered from various media outlets are accompanied by informed commentary that’s strong on context and analysis.
The FMSO releases OEWatch, together with its vast library of research papers on geopolitical issues, as free downloads.
The August 2016 issue of OEWatch runs 67 pages. The headline is Philippine Military Plans Shock And Awe In The Sulu Sea with a photo of Filipino commandos in action during exercises with their American counterparts.