Medical Doctrine - Are We Really Joint
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Using the Air War College Model for doctrine and strategy as a conceptual framework, Joint Publication 4.02, Doctrine for Health Service Support in Joint Operations, is analyzed to determine if it provides adequate guidance for seamless health service support in joint operations for war and contingencies other than war. An advocacy view is presented for service medical doctrine, primarily highlighting reasons for Air Force medical doctrine. Insights gained from this analysis lead to recommendations for further doctrinal guidance on medical evacuation, focused medical logistics, and communication. The need for medical force participation in joint readiness exercises is critical for the services to function as a cohesive team in providing health care and force support during actual combat or operations other than war.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Forces and Organizations