The Department of Defense operates one of the largest health systems in the world — serving almost 10 million Americans, to include uniformed service members, their families and retirees in the US and overseas. It comprises hundreds of military hospitals and clinics, a health insurance plan, public health services, and a significant medical research budget. The Defense Health Agency (DHA)  has relied on Ward Circle Strategies for over a decade to help shape communications, support policymaking, and deliver sophisticated healthcare analytics in order to develop and execute the military leaders’ vision for military medicine.


Our team has served in embedded capacities as senior consultants and day-to-day implementers, delivering:

  • Thousands of pieces of messaging and outreach content including strategic communications plans, digital and social media, and crisis communications support
  • Thought leadership and policy messages via senior leaders’ speeches, testimony, national and international conference presentations, op-eds, and press statements,
  • Internal communications messaging to over 150,000 medical personnel with key updates and progress on the Defense Health Agency’s efforts – including those to address COVID-19. 


  • Greater awareness about the work of the DHA within the military community, partnerships with civilian medical institutions, and among federal policymakers
  • Improved  understanding  of key combat care, behavioral  health, and public health challenges, informing action steps that both organizations and individuals can take
  • Ongoing media coverage and expanded relationships with national journalists
  • Invitations for DHA leaders to share insights and information at thought leadership talks at global and national events