Rene P. Acosta has been a journalist for more than twenty-eight years. He currently works for the BusinessMirror as a senior reporter, covering the areas of defence, law enforcement, national security and counterterrorism. He had reported abroad where he wrote for a number of publications. His articles have appeared in the Center for Strategic and International Studies. For years, he also wrote for the website of the Asia Pacific Defense Forum, the publication of the US Pacific Command. He was formerly the president of the Defense Press Corps of the Philippines and had attended the US International Visitor’s Leadership Program for the theme ‘Regional Security’.