Combat casualty research a poor excuse for DoD upscale vacations

Apparently, the Secretary of Defense approves DoD sponsored conferences like the 2012 Military Health System Research Symposium.   The attendees of this beachfront party at  Marriot Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale must be hoping the 2013 conference will be a go too.

“The four-day symposium, sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and organized by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, is a joint effort supported by the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, and brings together scientific leaders and researchers from throughout the world.”

While our soldiers overseas were being maimed, burned, blown up, and killed, these arrogant people enjoyed a 4-day fabulous holiday with some talking heads and corporate exhibits thrown in.  I think it’s disgusting to hold this event in an ultra-luxury resort (see Frommer’s review).

rooms with patios

rooms with patios

Magical nights after all that research

Magical nights after all that research

Talk, talk, but then...

Talk, talk, but then…

time for a swim

time for a swim and massage

“This is the first time that we are combining three previously separate conferences into one joint conference by the Army, Navy, and Air Force,” said Col. Dallas Hack, chair of the MHSRS. “We now have a broader range of topics. Before it was primarily trauma care, and now it is this plus infectious disease, operational medicine, medical simulation and training, and force health protection. The interest thus far has been truly amazing.”

I bet the tab to the taxpayer for this rich R & R scheme is pretty amazing too Col. Hack.

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3 Responses to Combat casualty research a poor excuse for DoD upscale vacations

  1. JFS says:

    It is interesting how all of the photos are devoid of people. This is a rigorous scientific meeting bringing together dedicated scientists and clinicians who are all committed to developing therapies, treatments and technologies in service to our wounded warriors. Slanted propoganda. Also, Florida in August would rarely be described as a great destination for many and, rates extended to and travel to Florida cannot be beat. Experts need to come in from around the US and nation. Think about where cheapest air travel and accommodations are. Furthermore, the event does not generate revenue of any kind. I’m very disappointed.

  2. SquidlyOne says:

    Corporate Exhibits like “The only reason we made you spend millions on this bash is so that you would come and buy all of our shit”.

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