Academic journal article Military Review

From A to B: How Logistics Fuels American Power and Prosperity

Academic journal article Military Review

From A to B: How Logistics Fuels American Power and Prosperity

Article excerpt

FROM A to B: How Logistics Fuels American Power and Prosperity, David Axe, Potomac Books, Inc., Quicksilver, VA, 2011, 224 pages, $24.50

An army marches on its stomach.--Napoleon Bonaparte

Amateurs talk about strategy. Professionals talk about logistics.--Omar N. Bradley

Logistics has become the key to American power and prosperity.--David Axe

AFTER READING REPORTER David Axe's missives on war and technology for years, I had no doubt his book, From A to B, would accurately depict logistics from an "on-the-ground" perspective and incorporate the latest in technological advances. He did not disappoint.

From A to B is a great survey of the importance of logistics to our military and our globalized economy. Axe examines all possible modes to transport men and materiel around the globe--from cars and trucks to ships and airplanes to zeppelins and space planes.

The book begins by establishing the importance of logistics to our military operations and makes it clear that it is dirty, dangerous work that is probably the most complex aspect of military planning. He provides as an example the logistical surge of mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) trucks into Iraq and Afghanistan to protect American troops. Axe discusses an alternate solution to the expensive MRAPs--robotically controlled logistical transport. Consider the merging of today's commercial trucks with the technological power of unmanned aerial vehicles. These vehicles could decrease the need for manned vehicles on dangerous roads and provide more time and attention to manned security vehicles.

Axe's section on our "most capacious and under-appreciated logistical system: her naval ships" is amazing. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.