Future Deployable Medical Capabilities and Platforms for Navy Medicine
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The Director, Medical Resources, Plans, and Policy N-931 asked CNA to analyze potential alternatives for Navy Medicines future deployable medical platforms, focusing on the 2015-2025 time frame. Specifically, N-931 directed CNA to 1 Analyze future operating environments 2 Analyze the medical capabilities required by those environments 3 Describe and analyze generic potential platforms that will supply those capabilities 4 Analyze the requirement-setting process and funding cycle, to draw recommendations for Navy Medicines actions. Future operating environments could require Navy Medicine to support a wide variety of missions, including homeland security, operational maneuver from the sea, and managing the consequences of biological and chemical attacks. Our analyses show that there will be a continuing need for both land-based and sea-based medical platforms because no single platform is optimal in all circumstances. Among sea-based platforms, we found that variants or conversions of amphibious ships would be strong candidates for many future missions. Maritime Prepositioning Force Future MPFF ships should also be considered among potential future medical platforms for echelon II care. Variants of todays fleet hospital could serve Navy Medicines needs for future land-based options. Navy Medicine needs to begin the process of developing mission needs statements soon because the requirement-setting, funding, and procurement processes take many years.
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