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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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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DoD

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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