Joint Service Team’s Focus on Requirements Yields Life-saving Capabilities


Joint Service Team Focused on Requirements to Quickly, Cost Effectively Field Life-saving Capabilities

To reduce the percentage of fatalities occurring before injured Warfighters reach a field medical facility, the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) formed an Acquisition Rapid Response Medical Team to develop advanced first-response casualty evacuation and treatment capabilities.

Composed of highly skilled and experienced combat medics, command surgeons, program management acquisition professionals, army medical research experts, Food and Drug Administration, Defense Committee for Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and medical industry subject matter experts, the Team quickly conceptualized a Casualty Evacuation System (CASEVAC) offering a multitude of pioneering capabilities for casualties on the battlefield, often in remote, denied access areas.

The resulting CASEVAC set enables ground units to gain access to and recover casualties from a variety of locations; provide innovative, life-saving medical treatments at the point of injury to stabilize the casualty; and provide mobility to deliver a casualty from a remote, inaccessible area to a ground or air extraction platform for transport to a field medical hospital.

This requirements-focused, accelerated acquisition process was supported by multiple parallel paths and combined developmental and operational testing executed to compress normal acquisition cycle times. This enabled the USSOCOM Acquisition Rapid Response Medical Team to shorten acquisition development times, reduce life cycle costs, and field Special Operations-specific solutions to fill critical capability gaps—resulting in improved, life-saving medical treatment capabilities for the Special Operations Forces community.