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Roles for International Military Medical Services in Stability Operations (Security Sector Reform)
  1. Col Martin CM Bricknell, DM MMedSci MIHM MFPH MFOM MRCGP DMCC L/RAMC, Chief Medical Adviser1 and
  2. D Thompson2
  1. 1Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, British Forces Post Office 40, martin{at}
  2. 2US Air Force Medical Corps, Command Surgeon, Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan, Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan


This is the second in a series of three papers that examine the role of international military medical services in stability operations in unstable countries. The paper discusses security sector reform in general terms and highlights the interdependency of the armed forces, police, judiciary and penal systems in creating a ‘secure environment’. The paper then looks at components of a local military medical system for a counter-insurgency campaign operating on interior lines and the contribution and challenges faced by the international military medical community in supporting the development of this system. Finally the paper highlights the importance of planning the medical support of the international military personnel who will be supporting wider aspects of security sector reform. The paper is based on background research and my personal experience as Medical Director in the Headquarters of the NATO International Stability Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2006.

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