One of the reasons the Russian advance had gone more slowly than Putin expected is that the Russians are having trouble getting food, fuel, and other support to their troops.They clearly lack the assets to maintain a reliable supply train. Poorly maintained trucks running on cheap, unreliable Chinese tires may be the undoing of their campaign. While the Russians may not be able to keep their soldiers fed, the Ukrainians are helping them stay warm by the fires of vehicles set alight by Javelins and Molotov cocktails.
Of course, the Russians may still pull off a costly win via overwhelming numbers, but the war in Ukraine shows the truth of the principle that amateurs study tactics and professionals study logistics.
I think so, Brain … but even if we could get all the yaks and wagons into Canada, how much cargo could we actually move?
I think so, Brain … but where would we store the second boxcar-load of chinchilla chow?
The Daily Signal has a post up about What the Pandemic Can Teach Us About Vulnerabilities in Our Defense Supply Chain. Everyone understands the need to get ammunition and food up to the front lines, but many people are surprised about how critical batteries are.
Numerous forms of military equipment are battery-powered, including night vision goggles, radios, and weapon optics. Complex platforms, from fifth-generation stealth fighters to submarines, all use batteries.
Batteries will play an even bigger role in the future of military technology. The Army is considering adding electric vehicles into its fleet in order to reduce its dependency on fuel. The Marine Corps is testing miniature drones that can be launched from the underbelly of a rifle. The Air Force is looking to field a body-armor cooling system in order to combat extreme heat.
Batteries have been a critical supply item for decades.
Here’s my war story. Well, it’s really a war game story.
Back in the ’70s, I participated in a war game exercise. The scenario was a Second Korean War, and I was tasked with keeping the internal communications systems operating for a deployed airborne division and between the division and its higher headquarters. Keeping the forward units supplied with batteries required the Air Force to provide airlift from the west coast equivalent to a C-130 flight every day. We were able to reduce that load on the Air Force by “buying” commercial batteries on the civilian market in Japan for use in equipment that used standard batteries.
That “worked” because we had an ally with major industrial capacity next to the combat zone. That may not always be the case. BTW, the major producer of batteries these days is … you guessed it … China.
I think so, Brain … but a whole tank car of Cheez Whiz? I mean, where would we keep it for the next two weeks?
I think so, Brain … but do we have anything specific on the shopping list for the general store?
I think so, Brain … but would shopping a a general store meet our specific needs?
I think so, Brain … but shouldn’t we get quotes for a bigger lift truck?
I think so, Brain … but we’d risk losing the deposits on the camel saddles.
I think so, Brain … we’d be OK with the chimps, but do all the alligators have union cards?
I think so, Brain … but where will we find that much strontium on a weekend?