Washington is keen to restore its Philippine stronghold but has moved carefully. Philippine law requires the senate to ratify base deals. To avoid contentious politics, the Americans want their new bases to be situated inside existing Philippine military facilities, where the ratification law does not apply. For this reason, the new U.S. outposts likely will be smaller than the superbases of the past.
“Base Plan Puts American Troops on China’s Doorstep“, Medium, March 2014