WHO WE ARE
The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command is the Army’s medical materiel developer, with responsibility for medical research, development and acquisition. The USAMRDC’s expertise in these critical areas helps establish and maintain the capabilities the Army needs to remain ready and lethal on the battlefield.
Ensuring our armed forces remain in optimal health and are equipped to protect themselves from disease and injury (particularly on the battlefield) is the job of the MRDC. The Command is headquartered at Fort Detrick, Maryland, with eight subordinate commands located throughout the world.
Six medical research laboratory commands execute the science and technology program to investigate medical solutions for the battlefield with a focus on various areas of biomedical research, including military infectious diseases, combat casualty care, military operational medicine, medical chemical and biological defense and clinical and rehabilitative medicine. The Command manages a large extramural research program with numerous contracts, grants and cooperative research and development agreements to provide additional science and technology capabilities from leading academic, private industry and other government organizations.
Two additional commands focus on medical materiel advanced development and medical research and development contracting.
The Command is staffed with highly qualified scientists, program managers, acquisition experts and support personnel. The critical expertise in these areas ensures we have the medical capabilities the Army needs to fight and win on the battlefield.
From illness to injury, the MRDC is the only organization solely focused on research and development to address the military’s unique medical readiness requirements.