The U.S. Army Medical Department's missions are to care for the war wounded during conflict and to operate medical treatment facilities (MTFs) that care for service members, their beneficiaries, and military retirees. Because the injuries that require treatment during wartime can be very different from the case mix seen in MTFs, the Army sought to identify ways to help providers prepare for wartime missions while they are stationed at home.
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The U.S. Army has accepted risk in facility sustainment to maintain warfighting readiness, which can result in higher life-cycle costs because it increases the likelihood that facility components break earlier. To identify strategies and make recommendations for improving the allocation and execution of Army installation facility sustainment funding, the authors study practices in the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and public and private sectors.
Recent national defense policies focus on the importance of multinational interoperability to meeting U.S. defense goals. By recounting both their literature review and structured interviews with planners and Army leadership, the authors describe potential benefits of interoperability, the applicability of those benefits in particular contexts, and the significant costs and risks that investing in it might entail.
Neurological Effects of Repeated Exposure to Military Occupational Levels of Blast: A Review of Scientific Literature 2020
There is increasing concern over the common, repetitive forms of blast—often unrelated to combat—to which military members are exposed during service, and how those exposures could affect the central nervous system, potentially resulting in neurological and emotional consequences. The authors of this report review the relevant literature and identify research and policy gaps related to military occupational blast exposure.
DDR in Afghanistan: Disarming, Demobilizing, and Reintegrating Afghan Combatants in Accordance with a Peace Agreement 2020
The authors of this Perspective identify best practices in the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration field; describe the conditions in Afghanistan under which such programs would need to be carried out; and recommend steps that the U.S. Army and other elements of the U.S. Government should take to prepare to advise and assist the Afghan government in negotiating and eventually implementing such arrangements.