September 10, 2010
Posted by scott at September 10, 2010 06:41 PM
A specialized Army unit was given the mission of recovering all the unused crap scattered around Iraq before combat operations ended, and the result was some 1.8 billion dollars of stuff laying around getting put back into the supply chain. That's 30,000 containers worth, my friend. Now tell me again, how the Romans were masters of logistics.
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I'd say that masters of logistics wouldn't need such a thing b/c the appropriate supplies would be where they need with no excessive waste.
Of course, anyone who'd say that has obviously never been a sergeant*. Scrounging, hoarding, stealing, horse trading, and other fun things like this are what keep everyone working. It also keeps the bean counters from interfering with operations.
*Yes - I was a sergeant. Only in the Reserves, but this lesson wasn't lost on me. Nor the lesson that your LT, CPT, or other commander doesn't need to know what you're up to. They need to set strategy and then go 'way. We'll make it happen, one way or another.