FROM A TO B, Reviewed

07.05.12

Categorie: David Axe, Logistics |
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USNS Laramie, unrep with the Kearsarge, on Aug. 6, 2008. David Axe photo.

USNS Laramie, unrep with the Kearsarge, on Aug. 6, 2008. David Axe photo.

by DAVID AXE

My friend and sometimes publisher Patrick Truffer ruminates on my war-logistics book FROM A TO B:

Axe is able to combine both areas and continually compares military logistics with civilian logistics and vice versa. For example, he demonstrates that without civilian truck drivers, provisions during the Iraq war would have barely been possible, or that without civilian shipping on the Great Lakes the U.S. Navy would also have had a supply problem with ship workers and officers. The Military Sealift Command (MSC) reserves is comprised of 50–80 civilian cargo ships which can be deployed for military operations. Without the American inland water transportation, the necessary personnel for it is lacking and the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where all ship officers are trained, do not exist. On the Great Lakes, approximately 150 ships are operating, about half of which are cargo vessels sailing under the American flag.

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