After nearly two decades of playing Whack-A-Mole with militant groups across the Middle East and North Africa, the U.S. military appears woefully unprepared for the return of so-called "great power competition" with Russia and China for one simple reason, according to a new assessment: the Pentagon simply can't move personnel and supplies to where they need to go like they used to.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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U.S. Army/taff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

The estimable Rick Maze takes note of them in the September issue of ARMY magazine:

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I’d wager that almost every vet (well, at least those who served in the Army), have a better understanding of logistics than the average civilian. Even though my role in the Army was intelligence, I still had to do logistics, from planning field exercises for my soldiers as a platoon leader, to equipping a company when I was an executive officer. We planned and executed the movement of people and equipment on a daily basis — all aspects of logistics.

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This reading list is excerpted, with permission, from the smart website “Logistics in War”:

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Breanna Weisenberger

Four hundred-dollar hammer, eat your heart out. There’s a new bizarre boondoggle in the Pentagon.

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