Topic 1: “Protecting the National Interest through a Responsive Air Power Strategy” With the National Government’s determination to uphold our territorial claims, the primarychallenge to the Armed Forces of the Philippines is to devise a strategy to support this policy. Protect-ing the National Interest through a Responsive Air Power Strategy looks at this issue from the per-spective of air power strategy as applied to the Philippine geographic make-up. The desired learningobjectives for the audience of this topic are: 1. Identify key PH national interests and understand the challenges to said interests in relationto air power in defense of an archipelago; 2. Determine the primary objectives and strategic components/elements of an ideal Air PowerStrategy to defend an archipelagic state; 3. Examine the challenges the PAF is facing and the direction it needs to go in order to imple-ment an air power strategy to our archipelago; 4. Discuss the expectations of the PAF from the National government and other stakeholdersvis-à-vis implementation of an effective air power strategy (e.g. support the PAF needs). COL RAUL L DEL ROSARIO PAF (GSC) Wing Commander, Air Defense Wing COL RAUL DEL ROSARIO PAF (GSC) is presently the Wing Commander of Air DefenseWing. His military career started when he graduated as a member of Philippine Military Academy Ma-harlika Class of 1984. He then finished military pilot training at the Philippine Air Force Flying Schoolin 1986 and was assigned as a fighter pilot at the 5th Fighter Wing, in Basa Air Base, Pampanga. Thisgave him the opportunity to fly almost every jet aircraft in the PAF inventory. As a member of the PAFModernization Program Evaluation Team, he was able to fly various advanced combat aircraft fromother countries. His impressive records and dexterity as a pilot made him the Team Leader of theBlue Diamonds, the prestigious Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team. He then assumed various command and staff positions in the premiere line units of the PAFsuch as 5th Fighter Wing, 710th Special Operations Wing, and 15th Strike Wing. He later became theAssistant Chief of Air Staff for Intelligence, A-2. His academic record was similarly remarkable. He finished his Command and General StaffCourse in Australia and earned a Masters in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra. Colo-nel Del Rosario is also a recipient of numerous awards namely Distinguished Service Star, BronzeCross Medal, Military Merit Medal with Bronze Spearhead Device, and Military Merit Medals. In 2010,he was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), a distinct recognitiongiven by the Metrobank Foundation and the Rotary Club of Makati to soldiers whose service to thenation has been exceptional.