Pharmaceutical Surge Requirements for the Prime Vendor Program-Europe in Support of Military Operations Other than War
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The U.S. military in Europe often provides medical support to military operations other than war due to unstable situations in that region of the world. The increasing support to peace operations and humanitarian assistance have led the military medical units in Europe to reexamine the pharmaceuticals traditionally maintained to support surges. This research was a qualitative, exploratory study using multiple case study strategy to identify the specific pharmaceuticals utilized in the initial stages of military operations other than war primarily peacekeeping, peace enforcement and humanitarian assistance. The operations chosen as the units of analysis were Operation Provide Promise Croatia, Operation Support Hope Rwanda, and Operation Joint Endeavor Bosnia-Herzegovina. The results of the research show that some unique surge requirements exist for military operations other than war. Taking advantage of existing clauses in its Prime Vendor contracts, the military medical community in Europe can position itself to adequately support surges for MOOTW. Future studies can continue to build on this concept and identify pharmaceutical inventory to support a wide range of contingencies which can be maintained by commercial vendors for immediate access.
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics