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… is Logistics!” — Anonymous, found on an Army coffee mug; see also Major General (Retired) Vincent Boles
“Leaders win through logistics. Vision, sure. Strategy, yes. But when you go to war, you need to have both toilet paper and bullets at the right place at the right time. In other words, you must win through superior logistics.” — Tom Peters, Rule #3: “Leadership Is Confusing As Hell,” Fast Company, March 2001
“I don’t know what the hell this ‘logistics’ is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.” — Fleet Admiral E.J. King: To a staff officer. (1942) [Oft cited, but apocryphal?]
“The war has been variously termed a war of production and a war of machines. Whatever else it is, so far as the United States is concerned, it is a war of logistics.” — Fleet ADM Ernest J. King, in a 1946 report to the Secretary of the Navy
“Logistics is the bridge between the economy of the Nation and the tactical operations of its combat forces. Obviously then, the logistics system must be in harmony, both with the economic system of the Nation and with the tactical concepts and environment of the combat forces.” — Rear Admiral Henry E. Eccles, US Navy (1959) [quoted in Joint Publication 4-0]
We are a little over a week away from the traditional timing of the State of the Union address, and a few weeks into the 116th Congress. Whether we see the president standing before Congress in the House of Representatives’ chamber, or holding a “People’s State of the Union,” logistics matter both to the event and the plans and promises made.
In the same way, every legislative initiative floated by the new House majority must be weighed by the required resources to realize political hopes and dreams. No matter the personality, no matter our feelings, promises and ambitions — without specific enabling plans and resources — mean nothing.