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The Science of War by Michael E. O'Hanlon

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CHAPTER III

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Logistics and Overseas Bases

THE FAMOUS ADAGE that while civilians think strategy, generals think logistics is only a slight exaggeration. Without transportation, bases from which to operate, and support units, combat units are of little inherent use unless a battle comes straight to them and they can fight on their home fields, so to speak. Even then, tactical mobility requires strong attention to logistics.

For some observers, what separates the U.S. armed forces from all others is the large Pentagon budget, making it possible to buy space assets, advanced fighters and submarines, precision munitions, a large nuclear arsenal, missile ...

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