Commander of the U.S. Air Force Medical Support Agency Provides Operational Insight and Reveals Future Investment Opportunities
Brigadier General James McClain is Commander of the U.S. Air Force Medical Support Agency (AFMSA), which is responsible for overseeing the execution of the Air Force Surgeon General’s policies and programmes. AFMSA provides leadership for the entire medical service supporting the activities of more than 44,000 personnel serving 2.6 million beneficiaries through 76 military treatment facilities worldwide with a budget of $6.1 billion. Defence IQ asked Gen. McClain where some of that budget would be allocated in terms of technology and strategic investment.
Take a look at the attendee list from this year's Medical Support Operations Summit
"Medical Operations Support by private industry is an excellent concept." TMH Medical Services is the largest private supplier of medical and dental services in Afghanistan and a sponsor of this year's conference. Defence IQ spoke with CEO Todd Husty to understand how medical support operations are evolving...
Jonathan Barden works as a humanitarian advisor and UK staffing lead for the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Ebola Crisis Unit (ECU) and will be speaking at the forthcoming Medical Support Operations conference in London this May to address the issue of improving collaborative response to disasters based on recent experience in Africa, Gaza and the Philippines. Ahead of his briefing, he told Defence IQ that whilst the Ebola Virus Disease has been a very serious problem, the fact that it was not air or water borne has meant that it has been easier to contain than other diseases. In spite of this small ‘blessing’, other factors have still proved to be big hurdles on the road to eradication. Barden also walks us through the UK's strategy to providing international healthcare responses and the ways in which staff are prepared and protected...
When dealing with disaster relief operations and humanitarian crises, including logistics support and aid during civil wars and infectious disease outbreaks, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and militaries inevitably face a number of challenges.
Ahead of 2016's Medical Support Operations summit, Defence IQ analysed the key challenges facing NGOs, international militaries, and government aid agencies dealing with the broadened scope of overseas medical support operations. Medics are put to work in increasingly remote, diverse, and dangerous environments, understanding the challenges and finding solutions is vital to improve the planning and execution of medical support operations in the future
What does it take for a military to provide medical support during times of crisis? Deploying forces to areas hit by natural disasters, civil conflict or the outbreak of serious diseases is a mission that has become increasingly prioritised among those with the capability, but doing so requires careful strategy. In this unofficial, illustrative step-by-step guide, we look at some of the potential considerations that armed forces must explore prior to placing boots on the ground…
The triple threats of asymmetrical warfare, natural disasters and contagious disease are clear and present dangers in the 21st century theatre. To address the needs of an increasingly severe operating environment, the military, non-governmental organisations and international civilian organisations are flexing to adapt to this challenging reality. To take the pulse of the space in 2017, Defence IQ commissioned a wide-ranging survey into the state of medical support operations in 2017. This info-graphic represents the findings from our respondents.
A Foreword by Major General Martin Bricknell. The Medical Support Operations Conference in 2018 is being organised by Defence IQ but supported by the UK MoD's Defence Medical Services (DMS)
IN THE SECOND DECADE OF THE 21ST CENTURY, THE NATURE OF MEDICAL SUPPORT OPERATIONS IS A VERY DIFFERENT PROSPECT TO THAT OF THE 20TH CENTURY.
From the prevalence of asymmetrical warfare to the threats of pandemic contagion in the developing world, the way in which militaries and civilian organisations are tackling the flood of contemporary crises is ever-changing.
After conducting a wide-ranging survey of professionals in the medical support operations world, we uncovered some telling statistics about the way those inside the field viewed current trends and future challenges.
Download this e-book to see our analysis of the medical support operations community's self-diagnosis.
Confronting disaster and containing disease: A perspective from Denmark's expeditionary medical force
A humanitarian disaster presents unique challenges to the deployed medical care teams, notably when it comes to diseases, as the lack of local infrastructure and poor local hygiene compromise their containment.
In this exclusive interview with Colonel Henrik Staunstrup, Surgeon Commander and MEDADV of the Army Staff from the Danish Armed Forces and speaker at Medical Support Operations 2018, discover how his expeditionary force are delivering self-sustaining capabilities, ready to respond quickly to any emergency.
Improving the delivery of deployed care by enhancing military-commercial partnerships: The role of the NSPA
The availability of equipment and material has a huge impact on the effectiveness of the delivery of deployed medical care, and it is all coming down to a robust procurement process. As the commercial sector is gradually viewed as the key to providing tailored solutions, a few questions remain: is there enough communication and cooperation between them and the military?
Ahead of Medical Support Operations 2018, Defence IQ had the opportunity to discuss with Dr. Robert Balazs, Technical Medical Officer at the General and Cooperative Services Programme at the NATO Support and Procurement Agency and speaker at the conference, on his views on the cooperation between the commercial sector and the military in the latter's procurement process. In this exclusive interview, he tells us how he thinks that relationship can be improved to enhance the delivery of deployed medical care.
Ahead of Medical Support Operations 2018, Defence IQ sought to understand what challenges in terms of security, procurement and cross-sector partnerships the deployed medical care market experiences. In this exclusive infographic, learn what more than 300 experts think of the effectiveness of military-industry collaboration, pressing capability development priorities, the current threats they are experiencing and the industry solutions that have the most potential.