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What is the AFP Capability Upgrade program?
« on: December 16, 2006, 07:53:02 PM »
Has anyone actually tracked the CUP? The following article presents interesting details, maybe we can use it to map what's already been done, and will be done in the near future. 

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Arroyo Approves Procurement Of US$398 MLN In Military Equipment

MANILA, Sept 29 Asia Pulse - Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has approved the procurement of more than P20 billion (US$398 million) worth of mission essential equipment for the military, which the defense department said will bolster the government's capability to address internal security threats.

The equipment are included in the third to sixth blocks of the 18-block Capability Upgrade Program (CUP), an 18-year modernization program for the military establishment which will cost the government around P210 billion.
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Among the items that would be procured under the third to sixth blocks of CUP include refurbished night attack helicopters, communications and intelligence equipment, sniper rifles, squad automatic rifles, transport trucks, tanks and assault craft, among others.

The Chief Executive approved the procurement under Memorandum Order No. 224. The President, who is also the military's commander-in-chief, made the approval on the recommendation of Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz dated August 11.

Last May, the President approved the acquisition of the first and second blocks of the program. The two approved blocks are also aimed at improving the military's firepower to address internal threats, including the insurgents.

"The President has already approved the acquisition of the first six blocks of mission essential equipment for internal security operations at a total cost of P32 billion," Cruz told a recent media forum.

Cruz said the initial procurement of the equipment under the first six blocks, which may take place before the end of the year, "will focus on basic individual and unit equipment needed in our internal security operations to enhance mobility, firepower, communications, force protection and combat life-support."

Cruz said CUP's first 10 blocks actually involves equipment needed in the internal security operations of the military while the last eight blocks will involve procurement of equipment for territorial defense.

A military briefing paper disclosed that the implementation of the first six blocks of CUP would be completed by 2010, starting 2005. The national government has vowed to allocate P5 billion a year to fund the program.

Cruz said the President has so far allocated more than P10 billion to bankroll the program and she said that if she can front-load this, she will give us the entire P32 billion which brings our mission essential equipment for internal security operations.

"The Air Force use to have 18 transport helicopters. With this upgrade, that should shoot to about 120. It has less than 20 attack helicopters (at present). Were programming 12 night attack helicopters in blocks 1 to 6," added Cruz.

When asked if the aircraft that would be procured are brand new ones, the defense chief noted "these will be newly refurbished engines and frames and very reliable and useful." He did not say where the aircraft would be sourced.

Asked if the government intends to acquire fighter jets, Cruz said "if we are able to defeat these internal security threats, that's the time we should start spending money on territorial defense but right now our focus is on basic mission essential equipment for internal security operations."

Cruz named the communist New People's Army, the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, and the Southeast Asian regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah as the country's top internal security threats.

Last June, the President released P1 billion in additional counter-insurgency fund to improve the military's might in fighting the insurgents. The President wants to cripple the insurgents in the critical areas in the next two years.

"When we have finished this internal security threats and we can start buying that kind of equipment," said Cruz of the fighter jets. Early this year, The Air Force decommissioned all its aging F-5s due the expensive maintenance.

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Re: What is the AFP Capability Upgrade program?
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2006, 07:57:04 PM »
Its supposed to have 18 blocks. This is what the article has to say about these.

Block 1 - 2

The two approved blocks are also aimed at improving the military's firepower to address internal threats, including the insurgents.

Block 3 - 6

Includes the following:

Refurbished night attack helicopters
Communications and intelligence equipment
Sniper rifles
Squad automatic rifles
Transport trucks
Tanks (???)
Assault craft

These six blocks:

- Started in 2005
- Cost P32B
- Should be complete by 2006 (This seems contradictory with the last paragraph though)
- Focus on ISO equipment and combat life support

Blocks 7 - 18

???
« Last Edit: December 16, 2006, 08:05:49 PM by Stringfellow Hawk »
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2008, 10:46:01 AM »
Asked if the government intends to acquire fighter jets, Cruz said "if we are able to defeat these internal security threats, that's the time we should start spending money on territorial defense but right now our focus is on basic mission essential equipment for internal security operations."

Cruz named the communist New People's Army, the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, and the Southeast Asian regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah as the country's top internal security threats.

Has anyone found information about blocks 7 to 18?
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Re: What is the AFP Capability Upgrade program?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2008, 08:52:40 PM »
sir A - i was able to download the DND Accomplishment Report of Sec. Cruz before the DND website was redesigned under Sec. Teodoro.

Here's their description of the CUP... ill PM you the whole report... 81 page/PDF File.

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F. AFP Multi-Year Capability Upgrade Plan
(PDR Priority Program No. 6)

Consistent with MYCaPS principles, Secretary Cruz directed the development of a 6-Year AFP CUP to form part of an 18-year capability planning horizon. For the first 6 years, the AFP CUP will focus on enhanced capabilities in the conduct of ISO; the second 6 years will serve as a transition phase from ISO capability buildup to territorial defense; and the third 6 years will focus on territorial defense and peacekeeping operations (PKO), thus completing the 18-year horizon.

1. First 6 Years: Back to basics
For the first 6 years, the defense and military establishment shall invest at least P5 Billion each year or a total of at least P30 Billion for the entire 6-year period. The release of P10 Billion for 2006 has been approved by the President.  The first 6-year AFP CUP focuses defense spending and identifies the needed resources to upgrade AFP ISO
capabilities on critical areas such as mobility, firepower, communications, command and control, force protection and combat life support for individuals and units. Programmed for acquisition are basic equipment in support of ISO such as helicopters, trucks, patrol boats, rifles and radios. These equipment are prioritized into blocks costing an aggregate of P5 Billion each. The grouping of equipment into blocks is meant to enhance the absorptive capacity of the AFP and benefit from the enhanced revenue stream of the National Government.  This also allows efficiency in implementation and frees the program from being unnecessarily time-bound.  With an upgraded operational capability for ISO, the AFP will be in a better position to resolve internal security threats in the near term. The resolution of internal security threats is envisioned to enhance economic growth that will render possible the provision of resources needed for the AFP to embark on a real modernization program.

Procurement of these equipment have also been programmed to address the entire requirement of the AFP in order to simplify the procurement processes, ensure
interoperability and take advantage of economies of scale. Each procurement shall also include an Integrated Logistics System (ILS) to address the added cost of maintaining these new equipment in the absence of additional funding under the annual AFP budget for maintenance, operations and other expenses (MOOE).

As previously stated, the central component of the first 6-year AFP CUP is the Battalion Upgrade Program, which will enable the AFP to effectively execute its plans and
accomplish its goal.

In the TO&E for these battalions, MEE have been identified, including those for force protection, combat life-saving and night-fighting, and are programmed to Philippine Defense Reform be acquired in time for the battalions’ respective retraining.

For service support units, the DND has decided to focus its initial efforts on ammunition supply of the AFP. In this task, the DND has already completed the assessment of
the Government Arsenal (GA) ammunition depot and ammunition management. The assessment report indicated that the AFP ammunition requirements could not be met with the existing arsenal. Recommendations based on the assessment include augmentation of the GA budget and the procurement of new equipment to fulfill the AFP’s requirements.

Shown below is a summary of the distribution of the programmed equipment by capability for the 6-year (1stK: i cant post the graph here, sorry  :?)

2. Second 6 Years: Transition from basic capabilities
to first-level modernization

Premised on a significant improvement in the economy as a consequence of an improved security environment, the DND will invest P10 Billion each year for a total of P60 Billion for the second 6-year period to complete the basic capability upgrade and proceed with the first-level modernization geared towards meeting basic requirements to address external security threats focused on the needs of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the
Philippine Navy (PN).

3. Third 6 Years: Beginning of real modernization
For the third and last 6-year period, the projections for much improved economic conditions will allow for an increase in defense investment of up to P20 Billion per
year or a total of P120 Billion, which will usher the real modernization of the AFP and complete the 18-year capability planning horizon.

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looks like 7-18 years is just vision... hard actually to put a long term scenario considering that a president's term is only 6 years... DND Sec tenure is even shorter as they serve at the pleasure of the president.  Though i believe this is the best guide for whoever sitting in the DND post.


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Re: What is the AFP Capability Upgrade program?
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008, 03:41:32 AM »
i visited the DND website earlier... looks like this program - the "AFP Multi-Year Capability Upgrade Plan" is still a go...  :bravo: kudos to Sec Teodoro for maintaining good program like this.  :beer:

here's the DND link http://www.dnd.gov.ph/DNDWEBPAGE_files/PDR-NEW/09-aug-07.htm

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Re: What is the AFP Capability Upgrade program?
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2008, 04:43:21 AM »
I hope the losses of NFA will not eat into this budget.

Interesting that they had the PKM's in battalion mobility upgrade! And here we were thinking they were patrol boats when the army was looking at them as basic troop carriers :D

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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008, 07:45:47 AM »
I hope the losses of NFA will not eat into this budget.

Sigh .  . . yup. Loss of budget, means an additional delay. Non-Army folks are getting antsy about their service's modernization programs. They have to wait till phase 2

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b.  Second 6-Years: Transition to 1st-Level Modernization

Premised on a significant improvement in the economy as a consequence of an improved security environment, the DND and AFP plan to invest P10 Billion each year for a total of P60 Billion for the second 6-year period to complete the basic capability upgrade and proceed with the 1st-level modernization geared towards meeting our basic requirements to address external security threats, to focus on the needs of the PAF and PN.
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Re: What is the AFP Capability Upgrade program?
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2008, 09:54:02 AM »
Sigh .  . . yup. Loss of budget, means an additional delay. Non-Army folks are getting antsy about their service's modernization programs. They have to wait till phase 2

COUNT ME ON!!!   :2rifles:

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2. Second 6 Years: Transition from basic capabilities
to first-level modernization
Premised on a significant improvement in the economy as a consequence of an improved security environment, the DND will invest P10 Billion each year for a total of P60 Billion for the second 6-year period to complete the basic capability upgrade and proceed with the first-level modernization geared towards meeting basic requirements to address external security threats focused on the needs of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the
Philippine Navy (PN).

3. Third 6 Years: Beginning of real modernization
For the third and last 6-year period, the projections for much improved economic conditions will allow for an increase in defense investment of up to P20 Billion per
year or a total of P120 Billion, which will usher the real modernization of the AFP and complete the 18-year capability planning horizon.
 

Ok i wanna do the math again, when did this first 6 yr started, 2003? If so then the 2nd 6 yr will start in 2010? Thank you!   :thumbsup:
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Re: What is the AFP Capability Upgrade program?
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2008, 11:35:19 AM »
Apparently, the details and plans for the next phases would only be fleshed out by whoever becomes DND sec after the Arroyo administration
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Re: What is the AFP Capability Upgrade program?
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2008, 11:43:09 AM »
Apparently, the details and plans for the next phases would only be fleshed out by whoever becomes DND sec after the Arroyo administration

Actually, we already have the National Defense Strategy that supposedly already has these details:

http://timawa.net/forum/index.php/topic,10829.0.html

The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans (J5) is responsible for maintaining this.

Here's an excerpt from the thread above:

The National Defense Strategy (NDS), which was designed based on the analysis of the overall environment, is the basic reference in the formulation of the capability development of the nation. Defense interests, objectives and policies contained in the NDS are translated into civil and military strategies. The civil defense strategy is primary geared toward developmental programs and projects and other crisis and peacetime operations in which the military could render assistance. On the other hand, the military defense strategy is aimed at addressing the defense needs of the nation in time of war. Taking into consideration both the civil and military defense strategies, the AFP then analyzes the gap between the required and existing capability and afterwards determines, analyzes and evaluates the new requirements to fill the gap. The program that outlines the new requirements in general terms is then valued for funds allocation. The new requirements undergo several reviews and adjustments based on the financial status of the government. The achievable defense program is translated into new capability standards and is validated against the NDS and military strategy. The revised program is adopted and implemented if it is still valid in the present and projected security environment.

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Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a for-public-release version of this plan. This level of secrecy is the focal point of this discussion:

http://timawa.net/forum/index.php/topic,10401.0.html

The more the public knows about the plan . . . the more we will be able to pressure Congress to really give the AFP the funding and non-funding-related support it really needs.

 :?

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They even have plans for how to use existing and programmed resources for external defense. If Oplan Bantay Laya is for internal-security operations . . . there is another Oplan specifically for external ops.

Naturally, we are not cleared to get a peak at that document.
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2008, 03:51:56 AM »
Hopefully the black cloud of secrecy is to ensure operational security of those plans and our National Security and not merely use National Security as an excuse to cover-up anomalous deals involved in the plan
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2008, 09:01:48 AM »
Hopefully the black cloud of secrecy is to ensure operational security of those plans and our National Security and not merely use National Security as an excuse to cover-up anomalous deals involved in the plan

Agreed.  :beer:

I once farmed the question of defense-plan transparency to a number of international fora. Most of the posters from Western countries could send me to public versions of the plan.

Interestingly, the countries that shared our "secrecy" practice . . . were African countries.  :eyes:
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Re: What is the AFP Capability Upgrade program?
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2008, 09:13:18 AM »
Agreed.  :beer:

I once farmed the question of defense-plan transparency to a number of international fora. Most of the posters from Western countries could send me to public versions of the plan.

Interestingly, the countries that shared our "secrecy" practice . . . were African countries.  :eyes:

Perhaps a (group of) Timawan(s) can send a letter(s) or meet with a congressman/senator to suggest a bill proposal separating conventional acquisitions from the secret "national defense plan"? This person (group) needs to be a Filipino citizen (or dual) so as not to unnecessarily give the impression of "foreign" influence.

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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2008, 11:59:06 AM »
Unfortunately, in this administration and in previous ones they love to cite National Security in many matters of state the way a kikay girl religiously puts on make-up confounding the media and Civil society .

And its not because they are covering up anything dubious and shadowy. They seem to be stuck in Martial - Law thinking that what they believe is a left-leaning media would be out to make fools of them. Simply put, they are just afraid of how the senstionalist media would play things up and how the public would react
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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2008, 04:34:10 PM »
...Simply put, they are just afraid of how the sensationalist media would play things up and how the public would react.

An issue that leaders must live with and counter through transparency and competence.
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