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Combat Support

As a Combat Support Agency, the Defense Health Agency leads the MHS integration of readiness and health to deliver the Quadruple Aim: increased readiness, better health, better care, and lower cost.

The Defense Health Agency is one of eight Combat Support Agencies within the Department of Defense, included with organizations such as the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Defense Logistics Agency. The role of all CSAs is to provide to the warfighting combatant commands specific capabilities that they need but do not have or do not have in the quantity they need to accomplish their missions. In DHA’s case, those capabilities are medical, and DHA provides unique capabilities such as the Armed Forces Blood Program (providing blood and blood products for combat casualty care and other needs), the Joint Trauma System (which generates evidence-driven recommendations to improve combat casualty care) and other specialized capabilities. DHA also manages the TRICARE health plan, which operates a global health care network available to support combatant command needs. DHA is improving its support to Combatant Commands by including placement of liaison officers with warfighting commands, addressing combat casualty care issues, improving the medical common operating picture around the globe, and strengthening plans for patient distribution within the DHA’s U.S. medical network. 

Department of Defense Directive 3000.06, Effective July 8, 2016, Combat Support Agencies

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