Operation Desert Storm:

Full Army Medical Capability Not Achieved

T-NSIAD-92-8: Published: Feb 5, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1992.

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GAO discussed the Army's ability to to provide medical support for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. GAO noted that: (1) the Army had to overcome significant problems to make medical units operational in the Persian Gulf before the ground war began; (2) the personnel information systems the Army used to identify doctors and nurses for assignment to active units contained incomplete and outdated information; (3) many of the doctors and nurses scheduled to deploy were non-deployable; (4) many doctors and nurses in active, Reserve, and National Guard units had not trained during peacetime to perform their wartime missions and were unfamiliar with their units' missions or field equipment; (5) hospitals did not receive equipment and supplies or received only partial shipments; (6) hospitals were able to move only a portion of their surgical capability and bed capacity in order to keep up with highly mobile combat divisions; and (7) the Army was able to provide adequate medical care for soldiers in need, but if the predicted number of casualties had occurred, the Army would not have been able to provide adequate care.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: These were not recommendations in the testimony. Recommendations will be made in a report. Draft to the agency for comment was sent by March 1992.

    Recommendation: The Army should review established doctrine regarding who Army theater supply centers are to support.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: These were not recommendations in the testimony. Recommendations will be made in a report. Draft to the agency for comment was sent by March 1992.

    Recommendation: The Army should require realistic mission-related training for its medical corps, including doctors and nurses.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  3. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: These were not recommendations in the testimony. Recommendations will be made in a report. Draft to the agency for comment was sent by March 1992.

    Recommendation: The Army should establish controls to ensure that commanders accurately report the personnel conditions of their units.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  4. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: These were not recommendations in the testimony. Recommendations will be made in a report. Draft to the agency for comment was sent by March 1992.

    Recommendation: The Army should establish effective controls to ensure more accurate and complete information in the Professional Officer Filler System.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  5. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: These were not recommendations in the testimony. Recommendations will be made in a report. Draft to the agency for comment was sent by March 1992.

    Recommendation: The Army should ensure that the doctrine for employing battlefield hospitals and evacuation units is consistent with the battlefield of the future and sufficiently resourced to get the job done.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

 

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