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Strategic Public Health Concerns Resulting From Cognitive Insult on the Modern Battlefield and Cognitive Readiness

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Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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In the modern age of warfare the military members central nervous systems CNS are under significant physical and cognitive assault as a result of operational engagement tactics of the US military and its enemies. The spectrum of CNS-mediated conditions our soldiers, sailors, and Airmen are exposed to in-theater, range from effects that may be short-term and recoverable, such as fatigue, to long-term and non-recoverable, such as traumatic brain injury TBI. The purpose of this research article is to define the spectrum of strategic public health conditions that encompass cognitive insult and examine an emerging CNS exploitation risk. In addition to an examination of the spectrum of cognitive insult, a review of three emerging strategies to identify and ameliorate the long-term cognitive insults will be explored.

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