Journal of Defense Studies and Resource ManagementISSN: 2324-9315

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Toward a U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) Rapid Deployment Medical Component in Support of Human Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) Operations: Capabilities Based Assessment Challenges with “Going in Light”

This article reports a commentary on the methodology surrounding the exploratory development and study efforts regarding a published article on the viability of a novel “going-in light” or Going Light medical component in support of US Army Pacific (USARPAC) Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) missions, namely, a BLU-MED® incremental modular equipment package along with a Rapid Deployment Medical Team (RDMT). There was an unreported and “untold story” in terms of the Going Light study, specifically, Capabilities Based Assessment going on in the background. This was really the consequence of Soldiers on the study group auto-performing in accordance with their training. Details on how the CBA process proceeded and deviations in the sequencing of that process are reported in detail as well as how the process was integrated in the Oracle Delphi.

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