Army Medical Department Roles and Functions in Low Intensity Conflict. CLIC PAPERS [open pdf - 960KB]
Low intensity conflict (LIC) has increasingly played a conspicuous role in the strategic planning programs of the Armed Forces and the Army in particular. This paper looks at LIC from the standpoint of its functional areas and the roles which the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) is expected to fulfill in each. Emphasis is placed on the AMEDD's expanding role in the insurgency/counterinsurgency arena. The author concludes that the AMEDD must be ready to support US strategic policy in two ways: the traditional health service support role to deployed American forces, and the new LIC operational mode addressing the root causes of instability. In this new model, the AMEDD may act to prevent war, not just to treat the casualties of conflict.