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The U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) provides peacetime health care for military beneficiaries while also maintaining readiness for war and peacetime deployments. In this paper the authors raise four issues that could affect this readiness and that deserve further study. These issues address the appropriateness of, and the ability to man, AMEDD's planned medical structure, future operational concepts, and near-term operational planning in unified commands. The paper also discusses influences that have recently shaped medical planning. More-precise analyses of the issues raised and careful consideration of related risks are recommended.

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