Red Cross Under Fire: The future of the Geneva Convention's Distinctive Emblem on the Future Combat System - Medical Variant Vehicle
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The Future Combat System-Medical Variant FCS-MV vehicle offers self defense, sensor, communication, and medical capabilities that will make it the safest and most advanced medical evacuation vehicle in history. Unfortunately, much of these capabilities will have to be eliminated or severely limited under current Army policy which requires Army medical vehicles to display the red cross. The Army should reexamine its policy on marking medical vehicles in light of the advanced protection capabilities of the FCS-MV and the realities of fourth generation warfare. When the protections provided by the Geneva Convention if the red cross is displayed are compared to the protections a fully capable FCS-MV would have if it does not display the red cross, the answer is clear, the FCS-MV should be unmarked.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Combat Vehicles