Those responsible for casualty management in littoral conflicts must weigh multiple variables such as: the enemy’s war-fighting strategies and tactics; the types of weapons systems used by the enemy; the complexity of the kinds of wounds and diseases commonly encountered during armed conflict; and the availability of resources to effectively treat those conditions.
Smith, Arthur M.
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