Leslie's Omnibus

Reading for the Road

The debate continues. Here's some information on the logistics of a disaster relief effort provided by an experienced Marine:
There's something called "logistics." Check it out.

You cannot just snap your fingers and make the military suddenly appear somewhere.

Nor can you legally send federal troops willy-nilly to shoot looters, courtesy of the Posse Comitatus act. You should know this, Ann. You're a lawyer by profession. You shouldn't need a dumb grunt to explain it to you.

But watch for much of our news commentary and public debate to predicate itself around a vast ignorance of logistical capacity and principals.

For instance: Suppose you got a brigade worth of troops (5,000 or so) available,. How are you going to support them? How will you transport them? Think organic trans is sufficient? Think again. Even at 100% operational readiness, a typical infantry battalion can only self transport perhaps a company at a time. And if every soldier is bringing a rucksack and a dufflebag, you're really talking about maybe two platoons. And unless you expect the unit to become a drain on local resources, every company is going to take a half truck or more of MREs and a half truck or more of bottled water, along with its own water trailers. I've seen it happen. I've done it. I've been a battalion S4 in combat, an HHC XO for dozens of major moves of a hundred miles or more, and an HHC company commander for six hurricane mobilizations.

(A tip of the cap to Juliette.)


And when you're done reading the whole post above, go read this, as well.

(A tip of the cap to Margi Lowry.)


Finally, a message from the Mayor of Houston. Would that more people in a position of power had his roll-up-the-shirt-sleeves attitude and ability to get things done.

Good on you, Mayor.

(A tip of the cap to El Capitan.)


One last thought for today.....



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