DoD 5136.1-P, Medical Readiness Strategic Plan (MRSP) 1998-2004, August 1998
ARMY MEDICAL DEPT CENTER AND SCHOOL FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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The Medical Readiness Strategic Plan MRSP 2004 is a revision of the 1995 MRSP and prescribes procedures to resolve medical readiness problems spanning FYs 1998 dough 2004. The plan provides the Department of Defense with a plan for achieving and sustaining medical readiness through the year 2004 and beyond. It provides the guidance by which the Department of Defense will achieve a fully capable military health-care system ready to support the full capable of military operations. The DoD will measure medical readiness success against the objectives outlined in this MRSP 2004. A detailed Action Plan highlights the objectives, tasks, and Primary Action Offices PAOs responsible for execution within each functional area. The document lists tasks for each PAO in priority order. These priorities have shifted as a result of the new post-Cold War international security environment. U.S. national strategy is now focused on regional conflicts, rather than global encounters. This was seen in 1991 when the U.S. embraced a multi-national coalition force to successfully liberate Kuwait. The U.S. now faces multiple regional threats on an ongoing basis and thus must play a more proactive role in resolving international conflicts which threaten national security interests andor U.S. allies. Additionally, the United States now accepts humanitarian assistance as a primary responsibility of its Armed Forces. The pursuit of humanitarian and domestic initiatives clearly marks a departure from U.S. policy of the past and raises new concerns with regard to medical readiness. As a result of this fundamental shift in U.S. strategy, the DoD medical community must assess, validate, prioritize, and revise policies and program resources over the next program cycle, which extends well into the next century. MRSP 2004 lays the foundation for this change with the addition of four functional areas which have become of increase importance recent years.
- Administration and Management
- Medicine and Medical Research