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Without the Medical Formation, We Cannot Go to War The people of the Medical Formation concluded the past year this week—a difficult year for medicine in Israel—and discussed the future as well. “In the IAF, we need to be prepared for 2030, and before that, be ready for tomorrow”

Shir Golan

The IAF Medical Formation presented a special sneak peek to the near and far future. The ever-changing combat world does not leave us any choice but to try and predict the next move. “The last escalation round proved to us that IAF airbases continue to be a central goal for our enemies”, said Head of the General Adjutant Branch, Brigadier General Ilan Boger. “We have to be prepared today. I don’t know if there will be a round, a war or an operation. I just know that our readiness will be tested this year”.

Although the medical formation doesn’t utilize weapons or combat planes, but going to war without it would be impossible. “One of the main efforts is operational medicine-the best response we can give to those injured on the battlefield, on the frontlines, the rear, in sea and in land”, determined Brigadier General Boger.

What Will the Future Battlefield Look Like?

There are countless technological developments in caring for the injured on a battlefield. Ideas that once sounded far-fetched, such as evacuations with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or a medical crew assembled from robots, could become reality. But even now, the everyday military routine is interspersed in small medical inventions intended to assist soldiers in battle.

In the next 20 years, combat style has shifted from dealing with an organized army to guerilla warfare in civilian territory”, explained the force’s medical officer, Colonel Gil Hirschorn. “Appropriately, the plans have changed for weapons, defense systems, and the evacuation of injured persons. Medical equipment is also adapted: sensors that can determine the heart rate and temperature of the injured, advanced artificial respiration, artery blocks that expand when needed. We’re talking about inventions that will change the trajectory of future combat”.