Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ War for 60-Minute Evacuation Response

  • Colonel Cory N. Costello

Strategic leaders and planners can take advantage of the U.S. military capability—its means—to establish an expeditionary medical system with sixty-minute evacuation response times to pick up wounded at the point of injury. This strategic research project (SRP) argues that our federal government must mandate the sixty-minute standard as national security policy. Furthermore, to export this professionalism, our senior leaders must encourage our allies and partners to adopt our same standard. The policy must be a requirement for this nation’s participation in coalitions or alliances. The range of U.S. military gains attending Secretary Gates’ initiative are a useful case study to highlight the challenges and potential strategic benefits that can result from this achievement.