As famous tactician Sun Tzu once wrote, “Speed is the essence of war.” But when it comes to the military supply chain, it is not enough to be quick -- in order to outmaneuver the opposition, highly choreographed logistics are key.
Unfortunately, this is a lesson that modern militia have had to learn the hard way. For the U.S. military, that lesson came during the Persian Gulf War. According to Harvard Business Review, frantic and disorganized shipment caused more than 40,000 containers worth of supplies to go unused. Here’s what happened, and how logisticians successfully modified the military supply chain during Operation Iraqi Freedom: