Naval War College Review


In any operational logistc equation, history clearly demonstrates that military medical capability, composed of sound doctrine and supported by mobilization-ready assets, is not only an integral component of an effective force but also an absolute requirement for its success. In today's Navy, unfortu­ nately, fleet medical support doctrine remains insufficiently defined, inade quately validated, end not specifically integrated into the "Line's"•warfighting concepts of operations. These limitations render it difficult to define requirements for medical readiness in the fleet. Furthermore, such ill-defined readiness goals prevent the setting of standards for measuring or reporting progress.