11 - 12 April 2018 | London, UK

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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.

See Who's attending this year

Take a look at the attendee list from this year's Medical Support Operations Summit

The Challenges Involved with Joint Civilian and Military Support Operations

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

[E-Book] The Four Most Important Things We Learned From The Medical Support Ops World In 2017


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.


Todd Husty, CEO, TMH Medical Services

"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...

Exclusive Content

Ebola: International community ‘too slow’ to respond

April 2015
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...

5 Steps Militaries Must Take Before Deploying Medical Support [INFOPOSTER]

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…

Ministry of Defence Foreword

A Foreword by Major General Martin Bricknell. The Medical Support Operations Conference in 2017 is being organised by Defence IQ but supported by the UK MoD's Defence Medical Services (DMS)


The Changing Face of Crisis Response

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.