JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The U.S. Army Medical Capability Development Integration Directorate (MED CDID) hosted a two-day medical gaps analysis summit at the U.S Army Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE) Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) Drill Facility on March 29-30, 2022.
The summit focused on evaluating extremely high-risk and high-risk medical gaps identified in the latest threat-based assessment conducted in 2021-2022. Larry Larimer, Director of the Futures Integration Directorate, hosted the conference and set the framework for the summit. He provided examples of how to properly identify capability gaps, evaluate risk, consider DOTMLPF-P solutions, and ultimately develop material and non-material requirements to mitigate the capability gaps.
Jay Harmon, Deputy to Commanding General for the MEDCoE, emphasized the importance of developing joint solutions and not working in service-specific silos. Harmon stated, “The Army Health System (AHS) is a complex system of systems that is interdependent and interrelated and requires continual planning, coordination, and synchronization with our joint and allied partners to effectively and efficiently clear the battlefield of casualties and to provide the highest standard of care to our wounded or ill service members.”
Col. James Jones, MED CDID director, stated, "Major General Dennis LeMaster, MEDCoE Commanding General, requested MED CDID to schedule the summit to develop a shared understanding of the medical gaps, functional solutions analysis process, and the potential solutions among all joint stakeholder participants.”
Bruce Syvinski, Deputy Chief of the Integration Division, MED CDID, and the ten medical function experts facilitated the discussion and learning demands. The Army Health System's ten medical functions are Medical command and control; Medical treatment (organic and area support); Hospitalization; Medical logistics (to include blood management); Medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) (to include medical regulating); Dental services; Preventive medicine services; Combat and operational stress control; Veterinary services; and Medical laboratory services (to include both clinical laboratories and environmental laboratories).
The medical function subject matter experts helped the diverse group synchronize and prioritize the gaps, discussed potential Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities, Personnel (DOTMLPF-P) solutions, and discussed how to connect them with our Joint partners. With over 115 Army leaders, Air Force, Marine, and Navy medical stakeholders in attendance, robust discussions occurred that set the conditions to synchronize the MED CDID future efforts to develop Joint Requirement Documents.
According to Larimer, “This forum set the conditions to conduct follow-up discussions to continue the dialogue, develop solutions, and, most importantly, develop a long-term relationship with our Army and Joint service partners.”