Accession Number:

ADA416178

Title:

The Army Medical Department and Full Spectrum Operations

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

53.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this monograph is to examine the Army Medical Departments ability to support full spectrum operations in accordance with current doctrine, given the assessment of current and future operational environment. It is the authors assertion that the AMEDDs force structure does not fully support full spectrum operations with Level III hospital capability. The Medical Reengineering Initiative MRI Combat Support Hospital CSH does not have adequate mobility or flexibility to support small-scale contingencies below the Corps level. The frequency of AMEDD deployments on this scale since the end of the Cold War coupled with predictions of the National Security Strategy and the National Military Strategy regarding the nature of the future operational environment makes this research extremely relevant. Analysis of post-Cold War deployments from the perspective of the medical mission requirements and actual forces deployed to accomplish these missions provides concrete data regarding AMEDD force structure and its current capability to support full spectrum operations. Deployments analyzed include Operations Desert Storm Iraq, Provide Comfort Iraq, Provide Promise Balkans, Restore Hope Somalia, Allied ForceTask Force Hawk Albania and Enduring Freedom Afghanistan. The case studies illustrate that the AMEDD has successfully supported recent operations, to include small-scale contingency operations. The repeated method of doing so using fragmented hospital units and non-doctrinal use of units such as the Forward Surgical Team, however, indicate the force structure is not optimized for this type operation. Current AMEDD initiatives indicate the AMEDDs recognition of a need for a more mobile, flexible hospital increment to support full spectrum operations.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE