You can have all the best training, equipment, weapons, tactics etc but without a decent logistics it is useless.
An AH64 Apache is a wonderful piece of battle winning equipment, but without fuel, ammo or spares it is just a piece of expensive scrap.
The best trained soldiers in the world are dead if they can't be supplied with food, water, ammo etc. Their ability to fight will degrade rapidly if
they don't have the logistical infrastructure to be fed, cloathed, sheltered, watered and so on.
The greatest Int equipment is useless without spares, batteries etc.
All fighting forces are tied to the need for logistics. Even the Taliban rely on logistical support from the locals. When I first went into Helmand
the local government leader was told that he had 3000 British troops going into his region to help support him which made him very happy. Little did
he know that over 2000 of them were logistical, enginering and medical support troops. There were only about 800 of us actually doing the fighting and
holding an area half the size of England (A task many thousands of troops are still struggling with today!). Then - not so happy.
To give you an idea of the scale of the logistics operation in Helmand, just take a look at the Camp Bastion Operating Base. It is four miles long and
two mile wide, accomodating over 28'000 support troops for Helmand Province alone. That doesn't include the 7000+ Marines in the adjoining Camp
Leatherneck. There are also the numeous Main Operating Bases with 1000+ troops in each of them. These are all there to support the troops fighting. Up
North in Kandahar Provence the airfield (Known as KAF) has another 24'000+ support troops for the Northern provinces. Without them the conflict would
grind to a halt in hours.
For want of a nail the shoe was lost
For want of a shoe the horse was lost
For want of a horse the fight was lost
For want of the fight the battle was lost
For want of a battle the war was lost
For want of a war the nation was lost
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
edit on 22-9-2012 by PaddyInf because: (no reason given)