Workshops Convene Army Health Policy Experts

The RAND Arroyo Center and the Center for Military Health Policy Research brought together some 40 subject-matter experts from the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to conduct a first-ever workshop on medical support to the Army transformation effort.

The workshop, held April 16-18, 2002 at RAND's Washington office, was directed by project leaders David Johnson and Gary Cecchine. This event was the first in a series of workshops focused on medical support of the Objective Force, the Army's planned future combat force. It was prompted by previous RAND analyses that indicated the need for a detailed look at the medical implications of employing the transformed Army.

Partly based on RAND's "Day After" gaming methodology, the workshops were designed by Johnson, Cecchine, Walt Perry, Peter Wilson, and Roger Molander. Audrey Caudle coordinated the workshop support.

The workshop was based on an Objective Force simulation developed by TRADOC and set in 2015. Three teams of subject matter experts, including physicians, medical evacuation pilots, combat medics, and operational experts, followed individual casualties generated in TRADOC's simulation to determine what each casualty's outcome would be under AMEDD's concept to support the Objective Force.

The next workshop in the series is scheduled for August and will also be held in Washington. When the workshop series is completed, the RAND researchers expect the Army to have a clearer picture of the operational medicinal requirements needed to support the Army's Objective Force.

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