Medical Logistics Class VIII Handling Workshop

Wednesday July 20, 2011

What is it?

The United States Army Medical Department Center and School, Directorate of Combat and Doctrine Development recently hosted a MEDLOG Class VIII Handling Workshop. This workshop addressed capabilities and resulting gaps of the medical logistics company (MLC) in performing missions in support of full spectrum operations (FSO), foreign humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief (FHA and DR) with defense support of civil authorities (DSCA). It also explored MLC capabilities and gaps as part of the Army force generation (ARFORGEN) support structure. Finally, the workshop addressed the medical logistics management center’s (MLMC’s) ability to support multiple, simultaneous operations within the Army Medical Logistics Enterprise (AMLE). Future capabilities for the MLC and MLMC will synchronize with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Single Army Logistics Enterprise (SALE).

What has the Army done?

The Army medical logistics community explored the logistics concept of operations (CONOPS), revealing important capabilities and pre-existing gaps in developing the AMLE’s ability to synchronize with SALE. This is the second of multiple collaborative events that subject matter experts analyzed in a series of scenarios along with specific questions to evaluate solutions to operational problems in varying environments and conditions. Recommended outcomes include changes in military personnel slotting, additional skills set training, and consideration for force design alignment to wide area support operations.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The way ahead is two-fold: 1) Outcomes will be assigned and developed by the AMLE objective leads to create solutions and identify future resource requirements. 2) Resulting issues will become potential topics for future experiments and/or integrated capabilities development team(s) to develop in order to determine possible Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel and Facilities solutions to meet the demands of an evolving Army Medical Department.

Why is this important to the Army?

Today’s Army focus includes, not only medical logistics support of major combat operations, but also stability and civil support operations. The high tempo of future operations will increase demands quickly, requiring that all logistics operations scale rapidly. Inabilities to surge and adapt to higher volumes of forward issues, returns, and quantities of items needing repair quickly will manifest themselves. Major challenges are foreseen to operational success, such as: major backlogs, the inability to keep up with documentation requirements, and the loss of accurate inventory visibility. The austere environments of future deployments may also mean that proper inspection, storage, packaging, and sorting space is limited or improvised.

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