Working Group 15: Casualty Estimation & Force Health Protection


(Updated 16 October, 2014)

Purpose:  This interdisciplinary working group provides a forum for identification, presentation, discussion and peer critique of ongoing and completed projects pertaining to casualty estimation and Force Health Protection. Force Health Protection includes all aspects of Health Service Support (HSS) planning, structure, and operations.

Discussion:  The major thrust of this working group is the development and application of quantitative methods for estimating casualties and determining the requirements to manage the casualties in the health service support system.

Casualty estimation encompasses all forms of personnel losses, such as the incidence of wounded-in-action, killed-in-action, disease and non-battle injuries, psychiatric casualties, and fratricide. The operational environments of interest range from stability, security, transition, and reconstruction operations to major combat operations with the use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons. This operational environment also includes homeland security, homeland defense, and military support to civilian agencies for disaster response.

Force Health Protection employs the right mix of HSS capabilities, at the right time and at the right place, to provide effective and efficient care for US forces.  HSS includes, but is not limited to, the following areas: medical treatment (includes area support), patient movement, hospitalization, forward resuscitative surgery, dental services, preventive medicine, veterinary services, combat and operational stress control, health service logistic support, medical laboratory services, blood collection and distribution, and command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I).

Other Working Groups:  Working Group 15 is an integral component of Composite Group D (Resources / Readiness / Training). Candidates for joint discussions with WG 15 include:

·      CBRN Defense (WG 2)

·      Logistics, Reliability and Maintainability (WG 17)

·      Social Science Methods and Applications (WG 33)