Updated: Extending Timawa.net forum discussions to Facebook

The Timawa.net forum strives to be a focused, disciplined, heavily moderated discussion venue. This approach has its pros and cons, and the forum has its share of detractors for the periodic draconian measures taken to preserve the tone of discussion.

To create a middle ground of sorts, and to help promote the forum, a number of forum-extensions have been created on Facebook. These groups focus on specific Timawa.net discussion points and are packed with links to relevant discussions on the forum. These still have the same laser-like topic-focus of the forum, but have more wiggle room for basic, catching-up, discussion.

These groups are listed here:

C-130s in the Philippine Air Force  A look at the history and the current state of the Lockheed Martin C-130 in PAF service. This presents the C-130 as an indicator of how far the PAF has progressed in its efforts to improve its maintenance record
F-16s for the Philippine Air Force A running account of the PAF’s long-standing efforts to acquire Multi-Role Fighters in general, and Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in particular. The discussions in this group are anchored on the latest effort that stemmed from President Benigno Aquino III’s challenge to the PAF to acquire these aircraft within his term of office.
Gripen for the Philippine Air Force Gripen advocates in the Philippine Air Force
W-3A Sokol (Falcon) in the Philippine Air Force A running account of the latest intermediate lift helicopter in the Philippine Air Force, the Swidnik (AgustaWestland) W-3A
Philippine Defense Budget A look at how the Republic of the Philippines spends on its own defense
Self-Reliant Defense Posture  A collection of discussions about how to mobilize the Philippine manufacturing sector to create an indigenous defense industry
Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) Development Forum A look at peaceful development of the KIG. Martial discussions are left at the door. This group talks about how the Philippines can develop the territory and make it self-sustaining . . . so that it doesn’t remain a budget suck
WHECs in Philippine Navy service A running account of former US Coast Guard Weather, High Endurance Cutters (WHEC) that have entered Philippine Navy service
Philippine Artillery A group devoted to efforts to acquire modern artillery systems
Philippine Navy Frigate Acquisition Program The PN’s Desired Force Mix states that it seeks to have six frigates. This group chronicles this development
Armed Forces of the Philippines in the movies A look at how the AFP is portrayed on Philippine cinema

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