The US military has a historical precedence for dealing with a pandemic while simultaneously conducting large-scale combat operations. Two twentieth-century examples assess the extent to which the military adapted operations following an influenza outbreak, and make clear military and civilian leaders must balance strategic objectives when facing threat multipliers such as COVID-19.
Ryan J. Scott, Odelle J. Means & Patricia M. Shields, "The COVID-19 Enemy is Still Advancing," Parameters 50, no. 3 (2020), https://press.armywarcollege.edu/parameters/vol50/iss3/5