Robinson, Linda, Patrick B. Johnston and Gillian S. Oak. U.S. Special Operations Forces in the Philippines, 2001–2014. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2016.
This report examines the 14-year experience of U.S. special operations forces in the Philippines from 2001 through 2014. The objective of this case history is to document and evaluate the activities and effects of special operations capabilities employed to address terrorist threats in Operation Enduring Freedom — Philippines through (1) training and equipping Philippine security forces, (2) providing operational advice and assistance, and (3) conducting civil–military and information operations. The report evaluates the development, execution, and adaptation of the U.S. effort to enable the Philippine government to counter transnational terrorist groups.
Table of Contents Below the Fold
U.S.-Philippine Relations in Historical Perspective
2001–2004: The Initiation of Operation Enduring Freedom — Philippines
2005–2007: The Move to Jolo and Operation Ultimatum
2008–2010: Expansion of Effort
2010–2012: Transitioning Up
2012–2014: Zamboanga Siege and Transitioning Out
Balikatan 02-1 Terms of Reference
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