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Target: Warfighter Health


The Military Operational Medicine Research Program Brings Science to the Soldier

By George Jagels

During the thirteen years of U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, servicemembers were exposed to psychological and physical strains common to warfare and  yet unique to their wars. Survival rates from combat wounds are currently at their highest levels in history, which is a remarkable scientific and organizational feat; at the same time, concerns over traumatic brain injury and a lack of psychological healthcare as well as scandals at DoD health facilities dominate headlines related to military medicine. Clearly, there is more work to be done.

The DoD’s Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP) is one joint effort to improve the lives of warfighters in theater and back home. With a mission “to develop effective countermeasures against stressors and to maximize health, performance, and fitness,” MOMRP works to identify issues that affect soldiers now and in the future, resulting in research efforts that will be relevant long after the last American forces have left Afghanistan.

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Fielding Readiness Through Training

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An interview with Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army CBRN School, Colonel Jeffrey Brodeur.

By Kevin Hunter

CST & CBRNE: Please speak to your role and functions as Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army CBRN School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

COL Brodeur: As Assistant Commandant, my role is to continue to implement the vision of the previous Commandant and Chief of the Chemical Regiment, Brigadier General Peggy Combs. The task is both simple and complex. She articulated a clear vision; however, there are many challenges in trying to program resources to increase our capabilities over the next seven to ten years.

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Equipping to Achieve the Decisive Edge

BG Paul Ostrowski, Program Executive Officer, PEO Soldier

In January, Armor & Mobility spoke with the head of the Army’s soldier equipment acquisition office, PEO Soldier, about his office’s priorities now and going forward.

BG Ostrowski was interviewed by A&M Editor Kevin Hunter.

A&M: Please speak to your role as Program Executive Officer-Soldier and describe your office’s mission.  

BG Ostrowski: PEO Soldier is ultimately responsible for the acquisition of many of the equipment items worn or carried by the dismounted soldier. We develop, acquire, field, and sustain the best equipment available as quickly as possible so our soldiers can remain protected, lethal, and situationally aware on the battlefield. We are always looking for new innovative technologies to give our troops the decisive edge.

We collaborate with our joint partners to efficiently get the best equipment in the hands of warfighters. The Advanced and Enhanced Combat Helmets, Nett Warrior, M4A1 Carbine, M320 Grenade Launcher, Enhanced Vision Goggle, M110, Pelvic Protection System, helmet sensors, M240B, Thermal Weapons Sights, and Joint Effects Targeting System represent just a small number of the numerous joint program efforts we have established and maintained.

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Sequestration: Going Nowhere Fast

Otto Kreischer at AOL Defense wrote an interesting rundown of a sparsely attended Aerospace Industrial Association (AIA) briefing at the Press Club. Rather than just overtly defense-related company CEOs speaking on the negatives of sequestration, this press conference sported research university and health sector officials in an effort to show the broad-based evils of slashing the budget. The author’s verdict: With few Congressional aides and almost no major reporters in attendance and a changed political climate, it seems that “the fat lady is about to sing in the anti-sequester opera.”

Even a few months ago, we wouldn’t have believed that this would actually happen. Cuts of projected increases, sure. But given the military’s extremely vocal and virulent dislike of the Budget Control Act’s methods, the legislation as written being acted upon is pretty stunning. Now that the prospect appears more likely, bromides like “partisan dysfunction” and “broken Washington” give way to more targeted accusations.

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There’s Only One Way to Find Out

Chuck Hagel’s road to the Pentagon has been “a bit” more bumpy than anyone realized. The reasons for this are many: off-color comments on social issues, domestic politics, and Iran sanctions, to name a few.Whether or not one agrees with the nomination, the choice of a qualified Republican senator getting significantly more flak from his own party than Leon Panetta is pretty remarkable. Regardless, it looks like he’ll go through.

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Be happy, Chuck! Looks like you finally got the job

His opponents were quite riled up after a major electoral setback and so-so debt ceiling performance. After Mitt Romney’s choice not to make foreign policy a major issue during the 2012 campaign, conservatives thought this was an issue where they could deal the administration a major blow. At the moment, this looks like a defeat for Republicans. But given the electorate’s apathy on foreign affairs and short memory, playing hardball with President Obama might strengthen the base without too much downside.

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Today’s Links

  • Time’s Battleland has an excellent obit for the USS Enterprise. After fifty years of service, the aircraft carrier is being retired. A sad day for some, but also comforting to know she worked hard and well for five decades.
  • The robotic mule is coming soon to a USMC squad near you! DARPA’s $54 million Legged Squad Support System (LS3), which mimics a mule, just completed a couple weeks of field testing and is no worse for the wear. Among many other great features, the LS3 can recharge batteries and follow basic commands (“sit!”).
  • In allies news, Japan will up its defense budget a bit, though it is still a very low share of GDP. Canada’s love-hate relationship with the F-35 continues to twist and turn: Ottawa claims it will have to use private companies and allies for mid-air refueling because it will not modify tankers for the job.
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