Public Health Support in Wide Area Security Operations Workshop

Wednesday November 23, 2011

What is it?

The Army Medical Department Center and School hosted the Public Health Support in Wide Area Security Operations workshop June 7-10, 2011. Using a wide area security scenario, 70 workshop participants from a diverse group of military and civilian specialties, encompassing both the Army's generating and operating forces, explored current and conceptual future constructs of Army public health assets and their abilities to effectively and efficiently protect forces.

The workshop also examined the multifunctional medical battalion's ability to provide effective mission command to public health assets and identified linkages and interdependencies nested across the mission command, protection and sustainment warfighting functions. The workshop utilized briefings, vignettes and group discussions to assess current capabilities, determine capability gaps, and identify potential Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leader Development, Personnel, Facilities, and Policy (DOTMLPF-P) solutions to better enable future forces to protect service members during unified- and full-spectrum operations.

What has the Army done?

The scenario-based exercises enabled the identification of several high-level emerging insights: (1) develop collective tasks for medical units to support wide area security, (2) synchronize public health and CBRN sample collection/movement techniques and procedures, (3) create technical training to support leader development for public health technicians, (4) codify concussion centers at Role 2 medical treatment facilities, (5) conduct a force design update merging the medical detachment, preventive medicine and medical detachment, veterinary service support, and (6) conduct a force design update for the area medical laboratory to enable force generation support and still maintain theater validation analytical capability.

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

Workshop observations and insights will be used to update the Army public health enterprise concept, provide scope and requirements for force design updates and drive DOTMLPF-P solutions to support future forces.

Why is this important to the Army?

This workshop demonstrated the Army public health enterprise ability to support future military operations with layered and tiered capabilities. It explored how the Army Health System will manage the provision of public health services required to protect and sustain modular, expeditionary forces and provide health service support and force health protection to an Army and Joint Force Commander. Most importantly, this workshop provided observations for developing DOTMLPF-P solutions for Army public health enterprise requirements to optimize public health support of operational forces.

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AKO log in required: Public Health Workshop folder

For questions, comments or concerns: Contact AMEDD Warfighting and Experimentation Operations section at 210-221-9226 or 210-295-0859.

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