Army Medical Support in Operations Other Than War: Opportunity for Civil-Military Cooperation
Strategy research rept.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The mission of the US Army Medical Department is to maintain the health of members of the Army, to conserve the Armys fighting strength, to prepare for health support to members of the Army in time of war, international conflict, or natural disaster and to provide health care for eligible personnel. This mission statement implies providing medical support for operations other than war OOTW, such as peacekeeping, peace enforcement and humanitarian assistance. Military participation in OOTW has increased in recent years and some non-government organization NGO representatives have reported that military presence may be perceived as a collaborative action with their activities which in turn risks their political neutrality. Army officials on the other hand consistently conclude that better coordination and cooperation with civilian agencies is the key to success in these operations. This research will examine the relationships that have existed between Army Medical Department players and humanitarian aid organizations and it will attempt to illustrate that of all the military components in OOTW, AMEDD is the likely candidate to establish a template of cooperative efforts with civilian agencies.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics