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    Mobile nuclear power will enable a logistics revolution for the Army

    Mobile nuclear power will enable a logistics revolution for the Army


    The US Army is the world's leader in logistics. And it is about to get a big additional advantage- mobile nuclear power. The US will be able to run an armored force with electrical power.

    From 2001 until 2010, over half of the American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 18,000 men and women, were from convoy operations — missions typically focused on bringing fuel and water to sustain the force in the battlefield. I spent 36 years in the U.S. Army, finishing my career as superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point, my mission was to prepare cadets for a career as an officer in the U.S. Army. One lesson we never had to teach in the classroom was how to keep the lights on and power the campus. However, on the battlefields where my students would go on to serve with honor and distinction, access to power has played a critical role in the long war against terrorism.
    One of West Point’s most decorated graduates, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, said that “battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.” The American Army’s mastery of logistics, managed by Eisenhower, allowed the delivery of overwhelming amounts of men and material to battlefields of Western Europe in 1944 and 1945.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    Mobile nuclear power will enable a logistics revolution for the Army


    The US Army is the world's leader in logistics. And it is about to get a big additional advantage- mobile nuclear power. The US will be able to run an armored force with electrical power.



    Read the entire article at the link.
    This is a great article addressing an ages old issue. Supply lines can be and on a moral basis have to bw minimized. Half of casualties coming from the supply lines is simply not acceptable.
    It must have been forgettable because I don't remember forgettin' it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotton1 View Post
    This is a great article addressing an ages old issue. Supply lines can be and on a moral basis have to bw minimized. Half of casualties coming from the supply lines is simply not acceptable.
    That is an area where the Marines are better than the Army. They train their logistics people to fight. The Army doesn't do a good job with that. The Army assigns infantry forces to escort the log train. That is a waste of resources. Train the log force to fight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    That is an area where the Marines are better than the Army. They train their logistics people to fight. The Army doesn't do a good job with that. The Army assigns infantry forces to escort the log train. That is a waste of resources. Train the log force to fight.
    The Marine Corps is also a much smaller force. It takes far less resources to train their support personnel.

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