Golez: Balikatan without war games? Balikatan is tied to the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) of 1951. The MDT is for external defense, for an attack by a third party in our territory. It is not for terrorism which is not an external threat, unless the ISIS or the like comes in full force in long convoys from the sea to hit our beaches. Balikatan without war games is like a basketball team preparing for a big game by going to a school and interacting with the kids to make them happy. Great PR work but it won't help win games. No war games won't help a bit in our military sharpening its war making skills which is what the military is for. The military won't win wars by learning how to repair schools. We are wasting so much opportunity to upgrade the fighting ability of our military.