Chapter III. Technology Transition
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


2. Relationship to Operational Capabilities

Key points in developing Combat Health Support are the scenario and METT-T (mission, enemy, terrain, troops available, and time), as well as the medical intelligence assessment of the battlefield, which includes threats to the health of the soldier. The level of confidence for success of the force during operations will be greater if the force is psychologically, physically, and nutritionally fit, protected from illness through a vigorous vaccination program, and sustained through state-of-the-art medical care as limited by the battlefield environment. As battle and non-battle health threats are reduced, casualties and force requirements will be reduced correspondingly. Fulfilling the vision of each of the Battle Labs will require significant input from the military medical S&T community. Examples of medical technologies impacting upon Army operations and the Battle Labs are: vaccines; pretreatments and treatments against biological and chemical threats; nutritional strategies; medical information products; environmental and behavioral performance models; improved capability for far-forward surgical stabilization of combat casualties; enhanced ground and aeromedical evacuation; and medical telepresence technologies.

Combat Health Support modernization operational capabilities supporting Early Entry, Mounted and Dismounted Battlespace, and Combat Service Support appear on Table III-J-1.

Table III-J-1. Combat Health Support Modernization System Capabilities

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