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With the help of USARPAC, the Philippine Army improves its cyber defense.

MANILA, Philippines — In a five-day Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) with its equivalent at the US Army in the Pacific, the Philippine Army (PA) is beefing up its cybersecurity and defense capabilities (USARPAC).

The five-day SMEE will focus on cyber operations in the coalition environment, defensive cyber operations doctrine, cyber defense tools, and active defense operations doctrine, among other things, according to Army spokeswoman Col. Xerxes Trinidad.

He explained, “The cybersecurity SMEE will be performed through lectures, demonstrations of various cyber tools, and hands-on practical activities.”

The event will run from May 31 to June 4 at the PA Officers’ Club House in Fort Bonifacio, according to Trinidad. Its goal is to improve Pennsylvania’s cyber capabilities and competence in “defensive cyber operations and active defense operations.”

This SMEE, he said, is part of the agreed-upon steps in both forces’ five-year engagement plan.

“Lectures, demonstrations of various cyber tools, and hands-on practical exercises will be conducted by subject matter experts from both armies. The SMEEs will be attended by 60 PA cyber professionals, two members of the Communications, Electronics, and Information Systems Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and five members of USARPAC “He went on to say.

Meanwhile, PA head Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner Jr. said the bilateral activity will help strengthen the Army’s cyber defense capabilities by developing the cyber workforce’s talents and skills.

Developing a credible and responsive defense posture that can successfully counter rapidly evolving threats now “requires the constant strengthening of PA’s cyber-related capabilities,” he said.

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