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Philippines South China Sea
Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, center, answers questions from reporters after attending a conference in Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Lorenzana said it is highly unlikely the Philippines will allow the U.S. military to use the country as a springboard for its freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
APTOPIX Pearl Harbor At 75
In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 photo, Jim Downing, 103, poses in a Navy uniform in Honolulu, with a photo of himself taken when he was about 20 years old. Downing is among a few dozen survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who plan to gather at the Hawaii naval base Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to remember those killed 75 years ago. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
Japan US Pearl Harbor
FILE - In this May 3, 1962 file photo, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, right, meets with former Japanese Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida in his White House office in Washington. The news media widely reported this week that Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor when he goes later this month _ but he might not be. A 1951 article in Japan’s largest newspaper says that then-Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida went to Pearl Harbor during a stopover in Hawaii on the way home from San Francisco, where he had signed a peace treaty with the allied powers and other nations. (AP Photo/William J. Smith, File)
Military Misconduct
FILE - In this June 30, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. Top military leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct, The Associated Press has learned. They are seeking to change a hodgepodge system in which investigations can drag on for years while taxpayers pay six-figure salaries for senior officers relegated to mid-level administrative posts. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)