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Accession Number ADA581923
Title Robotics and Unmanned Systems - Game Changers for Combat Medical Missions.
Publication Date Apr 2010
Media Count 9p
Personal Author G. R. Gilbert M. K. Beebe
Abstract The development and deployment of unmanned systems throughout the military forces of the world is rapid, accelerating and game changing. This paper describes the current and planned research and development of robotics/unmanned systems being designed specifically for combat medical missions such as critical item resupply, casualty extraction, and casualty evacuation. These systems will also be applicable to logistics delivery, combat search and rescue, and special operations team insertion/ extraction. Combat medical missions such as resupply and casualty evacuation are dangerous missions. This is especially true for the high demand/low density helicopter flightcrews bringing in the supplies and evacuating the wounded and the medical personnel on the ground who have to rescue and treat the wounded. Medical first responders often become casualties themselves while trying to rescue or treat their comrades. This has been true since the beginning of armed conflict and perhaps there is a better way. Fielding robotics and unmanned systems which can perform these missions and tasks will: (1) Provide tactical commanders with increased tactical and operational flexibility; (2) Allow the execution of these missions in conditions manned platforms cannot (should not) operate in such as zero-zero weather or a contaminated environment; (3) Husband critical medical first responder resources; and (4) Act as a force multiplier of scarce medical evacuation systems.
Keywords Casualties
Cbrne(Chemical biological radiological nuclear and explosive
Combat areas
Combat medical missions
Critical item resupply
Global positioning system
Jctd(Joint capabilities technology demonstration)
Jmdse(Joint medical distance support and evacuation)
Loe(Limited objective experiments)
Medical evacuation
Medical supplies
Military medicine
Nato furnished
Remotely piloted vehicles
Uas(Unmanned aircraft systems)
Uav(Unmanned aerial vehicles)
Ugv(Unmanned ground vehicles)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
41C - Robotics/Robots
76D - Navigation Systems
85F - Global Navigation Systems
57E - Clinical Medicine
62 - Computers, Control & Information Theory
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (Provisional), Fort Detrick, MD.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1326
Contract Number N/A

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