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  • SpartanGerm 212
    SpartanGerm 212 Month ago +2825

    The US military is truly a titan of logistics... Seeing their transport capabilities is honestly more intimidating and terrifying than any fancy weapon showcase or power projection they might put on.

    • JackJack Thompson
      JackJack Thompson 19 days ago

      All this instead of healthcare, childcare and a functional education system….yuppie…

    • Thros1
      Thros1 20 days ago

      And then we wonder why we don't have free healthcare or lifetime care for veterans!

    • ? WhiteRose
      ? WhiteRose 21 day ago

      @White Fox cuz they can transport oil to Europe now. Russia is done

    • White Fox
      White Fox 23 days ago +1

      @? WhiteRose Explain it.

    • White Fox
      White Fox 23 days ago

      @Reez India is waving at you.

  • tiafolla
    tiafolla Month ago +373

    This was an excellent summary of a little known but vital capability of the US military. My father was a logistics officer in the Military Airlift Command, and as a kid I got to walk around HUGE warehouses full of thousands of everything: rucksacks, boots, generators, maintenance toolkits, hospital beds, trucks, whatever. It was like the biggest, best-organized Army surplus store ever, and it was only one of a dozen or so.

    • David Ryan
      David Ryan 24 days ago +1

      Wow 😳 … where did you get all that great footage and info? And great summary !! Ty for some excellent content you put together !!

    • Andrew J
      Andrew J Month ago +1

      @doire aintu Not currently...however if needed there's a lot that will be transferred in. As most cargo ships are not currently flagged under the USA banner, due it's cheaper, tax reasons, etc they are flagged elsewhere, but will be used. Either the flagged county will do it, the company who owns them will step in. Plus any allies of the US will help out with their ships/planes/etc. So the 9000+ ships flagged in Panama (largest fleet of flagged ships by far), a good number will be used.

  • SaltyWaffles
    SaltyWaffles Month ago +127

    I like the fact that the hallmark and greatest strength of the US military is its logistics, rather than the number of jets or tanks or cannons it has. Even better, because this massive logistical network is so reliant upon having good relations with many countries around the world, it encourages cooperation and mutual respect. After all, only a military that revolves around a gigantic and complex logistics network can fully appreciate the incredible value of a friendly node in that network. The difference between having a friendly safe harbor near your ultimate destination and having to carry everything the whole way and back is staggering.
    And so, respecting the country providing that safe harbor, that node in the network, is absolutely vital. After all, if that country no longer wants to provide it, the superpower either has to acquiesce or go to war over it, and logistics experts know better than most how insanely demanding and complex war is. Thus, the US Military is power projection dependent upon alliances and good relations with many nations around the world--providing it incredible capability that nonetheless requires the superpower to keep itself in check to maintain it.

    • Paul Hughes
      Paul Hughes 13 days ago

      And that is why MAGA and America First policies are grotesquely stupid

    • Kabir Kumar
      Kabir Kumar 13 days ago

      That's why having one of the strongest propaganda forces in the world helps.

    • Claudiu Popa
      Claudiu Popa 15 days ago

      @Spoken Truth Not really the same thing as the US are already present in Romania & Poland.

    • Roman E.
      Roman E. 23 days ago +1

      @Spoken Truth They are not getting that much money it's mostly just stock piles of decade old equipment that was going to be replaced eventually anyway so might as well send them over and start production for new generations or equipment that has been proven reliable.

    • Tyler Garland
      Tyler Garland 27 days ago +3

      @SaltyWaffles, that's what made Rome so powerful too. Hard to beat an empire that can move tons of soldiers hundreds of miles in 200AD.

  • Jacob Nolan
    Jacob Nolan Month ago +225

    As a military brat those free military flights were amazing and super easy, went all over Europe for super cheap when my dad was retiring

    • Ste Cork
      Ste Cork 9 days ago +1

      @William Young I've seen postings from US service personnel where they had special dispensation so that the TSA didn't object to all their weapons being taken on as cabin luggage, but they still had problems with knives etc purely because those weren't included in the dispensation. Madness.

    • William Young
      William Young Month ago +2

      Ever seen the movie 'Jarhead,' when all the marines were on a TWA flight headed out for Operation Desert Shield? More comfortable than a C-130, I guess. I wonder if they had to check their M-16s? ;-)

    • Sky Den
      Sky Den Month ago +15

      Military brat here as well. Only military flights I ever did were from U.S. to Germany to Turkey then back a few years later. I was a bit over 4yrs old when my fam went to Turkey, and I was about to turn 7 on the return trip. During the return trip, the flight from Turkey to Germany (as was Germany to Turkey) was on a C-130. On the that return flight I remember getting to climb up to view the cockpit from the hatch during the flight. Couldn't see much more than the cockpit since I was a small kid, and it was nighttime anyway. The flights between Germany and the states were on a commercial liner.
      I did travel a lot more when my dad was stationed in the states, but that travelling was done by car.

  • TimeBucks
    TimeBucks Month ago +631

    Logistics is crucial.

  • Lukas Knöfler
    Lukas Knöfler Month ago +3205

    As a steam enthusiast, I feel obliged to point out that even the most modern nuclear aircraft carriers are, technically, also steam-powered. 😉

    • Ronak Choudhary
      Ronak Choudhary Day ago

      Steam powered but fueled by nuclear

    • Scott Mulholland
      Scott Mulholland Month ago

      Lukas- that is very brave of you, so courageous…..to admit you are a “steam enthusiast!” Haha

    • wingracer 16
      wingracer 16 Month ago

      True but I have to point out a pet peeve of mine. Nothing using any form of steam engine is steam powered. Steam is simply how the energy is transported, not the power source. The power source is oil or wood or coal or nuclear or geothermal or something. It's like calling an electric vehicle "wire powered." We don't call cars "internal combustion engine powered", we call them by the actual power source, gas powered.

    • Tenacious D Lee
      Tenacious D Lee Month ago

      Yea. Seems so.. I mean, you think nuclear technology is this super advanced concept. It’s a bit of a disappointment when you find out they just use it to heat the water that turns the big wheel.

    • thi tam
      thi tam Month ago

      ok

  • Ron Barker
    Ron Barker Month ago +676

    As a US Army Mobility Warrant Officer in the Military Surface Deployment Distribution Command (SDDC) it's surprising that you didn't mention the massive amount of cargo we move by trucks, trains, and vessels. Military Sealift Command (MSC) chartered vessels are just a fraction of DTS cargo. SDDC loads and discharges not only all of the charters but also every liner vessel we book all over the world carrying DOD unit-move, ammunition, sustainment, household goods and personally owned vehicle cargo. We are the DOD Single Port Manager operating the sea ports and enabling force projection across every continent and also manage the railways and commercial highway cargo in the US.
    Would also be great to hear about the Army's Joint Forcible Entry, AKA Airborne capability. I've spent some time at Ft. Bragg. 😉
    Finally, Tanker Airlift Control Command (TACC) is a large part of what keeps Air Mobility Command in the air by way of fuel tankers.
    I'd love to help you fill in some of the blanks and provide more details for future videos.
    Overall great work and interesting content as always!

    • 80811B
      80811B 10 days ago +1

      @KaiWolf i wouldn't say see everything but we get to handle just about everything going both ways. It's just mind boggling I mean it's one thing to research it its another to actually see what comes through.

    • KaiWolf
      KaiWolf 10 days ago +1

      @80811B Dang, so you get to see just about everything that heads out to Asia? Thats incredible, man!

    • 80811B
      80811B 10 days ago

      @KaiWolf I work at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and the Defense Logistics Agency is big part of the overall importance of the base everything going to and from Asia stops the Pearl Harbor the shipping of well everything you can think of is what it's primary purpose is. It is mind blowing how much of an enormously complicated operation.

    • Claudiu Popa
      Claudiu Popa 15 days ago +1

      I think he might've skipped it because your work is in general more visible to the public.

    • Metatron
      Metatron Month ago +6

      He has a plane obsession, that is why he never talks about non plane transportation systems

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel Month ago +18

    I was amazed by the sheer scale of the logistics supporting the US military, and then you mentioned the navy and I realized you’d really only been talking about the army until that point. That really blew my mind.

  • Marcheenn
    Marcheenn Month ago +30

    Military postal service is amazing part of this system, especially if you consider that as a soldier deployed in Kuwait I received Amazon packages in 2-3 days and 5-7 in Afghanistan. That was nuts.

    • Amped Life
      Amped Life 5 days ago +2

      Wow...that is so fast for Amazon to Kuwait and Afghanistan! I have before considered how personnel serving our country abroad get consumer items that are frequently unavailable in non-Western countries...(aside from the stores on base). TIL! Thanks for your service 🇺🇸 ❤ 💙 🤍

    • D Taylor
      D Taylor Month ago +1

      And yet, civilians living in Australia it can take up to 6 weeks (or 3-4 months during COVID)

  • Jeremy Holland
    Jeremy Holland Month ago +41

    I’m an 88N(transportation coordinator) in the army and I’m not only surprised by how many of locations you’ve talked about I’ve been to but also the information and details about logistics, transportation and supply chain. Seriously worth showing this video for training to new soldiers getting into the transportation field.

  • 별난펭귄
    별난펭귄 Month ago +1425

    During my time in the ROK TransCom, I had the opportunity to work together with some of the elements mentioned in the video. As a simple Korean enlistee I can't say I've first hand experience of the full logistical might of the US, but I do want to highlight the people I interacted with during my time. Everyone I met was an expert and professional to the degree that quite close to everything done was like clockwork. The big machines may do the heavy lifting, but I'd also highlight the people--the people make it happen, and they made it happen good.

    • Deforge Randome
      Deforge Randome Month ago

      and this is one machines will replace humans. Elon Musk is humanity's future

    • David Cook
      David Cook Month ago +1

      @Chuck The only limitation of that war was the presidents refusal to authorize the use of tactical and strategic nuclear weapons. Outside of this, the military had relatively free reign to do as it pleased.
      Vietnam was always going to fail.

    • Chuck
      Chuck Month ago

      @David Cook Sure. I’ll give you that…lots was wrong with entire conflict. But militarily? The limitation of legitimate targets due solely due to politicians desires, and not giving military planners free reign to win, absolutely was the cause.

    • David Cook
      David Cook Month ago +1

      @Chuck "Short political leash" was not the issue in Vietnam. Of all the things wrong with that war, the fabled and fabricated short political leash is the last on the list.

    • JP
      JP Month ago +1

      ​@Chuck "a short political leash " Really? They were absolutely brutal to Vietnam, yet suffered over 10,000 aircraft loses and lots of man power too.

  • The Viscount
    The Viscount Month ago +78

    I'd love to see a video on the strategic risk of the lack of US Merchant Marine. That could be a whole video in itself, and I think US politicians need to be made aware of it and why it's a problem. Very little maritime shipping to and from the USA is carried on US flagged ships. Flags of Convenience dominate the shipping industry. This is a big part of why there's not enough US Merchant ships or sailors.

    • Andrew J
      Andrew J Month ago

      Once something happens they will want to be flagged other then under Panama. They are flagged there for a number of reasons....but when the shi$ hit the fan, the owners will reflag them elsewhere.

    • Ergzay
      Ergzay Month ago

      @Lorenzo Boyd The Jones Act is what caused the problem in the first place by removing the competitiveness of the US naval industry.

    • DonGiovanni
      DonGiovanni Month ago

      @Lorenzo Boyd the Jones Act is also making things expensive for Hawaiians, Alaskans, and Puerto Ricans.
      Parra of the Jones Act needs to go.

    • Wile E. Coyote
      Wile E. Coyote Month ago +1

      @verdatum So, US should let North Korean vessels loaded with nuclear bombs go between US ports???

    • Charles Fischer
      Charles Fischer Month ago

      @Jeremiah Kane They are only not cost effective because we are not building enough of them.
      Look at China, where they spit out hundreds of merchant ships in a year, and directly next to a merchant ship being built is a naval ship. Literally in the same yard as commercial vessels and the same drydock where a commercial vessel was launched before it.
      It's all about economy of scale. If I asked you to make an F150 completely from scratch in your garage, it wouldn't be a truck. It would be a work of art. It would of course cost tens of thousands more to build than a company like Ford building dozens or hundreds per day. Not to mention being a one off vehicle with it's own idiosyncrasies.
      That is the issue of building ships domestically in the US. Building them one off takes far too much time and money, however if we increased shipyard capacity and speed, we will build more ships (commercial and military) and at a higher quality.

  • 멜론04
    멜론04 Month ago +75

    Ah yes, The Patriot Express. I've grown up as a dependent of an active duty member (father is in the Air Force), and have had my fair share of military traveling experiences across the globe. I've also lived all over America and the world, including but not limited to: Washington, D.C., South Korea, Spain, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Alabama, Arkansas, and more.
    My family and I flew the Patriot Express (Omni Air) from Washington, D.C., all the way to South Korea in 2020 when we got stationed there for 2 years, and let me just say, for the record... Worst flying experience we've ever had. The pilot seemed like he was just out of school, the flight attendants were borderline racists, and each and every take off and landing felt like we were about to crash right there on the runway.
    As an adult who's grown out of the military lifestyle, I can honestly say that I do not miss the craziness of traveling within the military. It's not just as simple as you put it with 'trying to catch a flight to Germany' if you don't have RNLT papers/orders to your new base. You literally have to wake up at 3 am just to make it on time to the air field, where you'll wait for hours in hopes of making it onto a hopper/rotator which is always super uncomfortable, loud as HELL, and a bumpy ride the entire way. There aren't many things that I miss about the military, but even still, I have access to any base around the world until a few years from now if I ever wanted to visit one again - which I never would.
    And to all of those who are watching this video and thinking that you're missing out on some secret, luxurious lifestyle, take it from me who grew up in it- you're NOT missing anything great. Most of the bases are mediocre/outdated/poorly constructed, a lot of the leadership on said bases are shit (especially on Bolling AFB, in D.C.), the housing generally sucks ass, and those cool hotels that were mentioned?? Yeah, they're eternally infected with ants, roaches, mold, and more. Don't let the pictures and videos fool you, these 'special military inns' have been around for decades and are poorly managed almost all of the time... And I've stayed at countless locations around the globe, they never fail to disappoint.

    • OneManArmy
      OneManArmy Month ago +8

      @Hahaa Ha Government contracts baby. It's also why our cities suck and roads and bridges are crumbling. All built by the lowest bidder. Being honest and going "Yeah this will cost X" won't get you a job but cutting corners and having dubious practises does. And funnily enough, it doesn't save money at all. Having to fix that shit and all the delays that happens cost more than if it was done right the first time.

    • Adam
      Adam Month ago +1

      What was the best base you have been to? Out of all what was the best one you remember?

    • Hahaa Ha
      Hahaa Ha Month ago +15

      I guess they are managed by lowest bidder

  • Erik Žiak
    Erik Žiak Month ago +126

    16:42 Exactly! Logistics is crucial. I am happy that my home country is an ally with USA. Russia would not dare to attack us. At the same time, I am humbly proud that my own country help Ukraine in various ways. Our economy is almost insignificant compared to USA, we rely heavily on Russian fossil fuels (hopefully this will change soon = in the next 5 years). We have some equipment from the Soviet era and it all was donated to Ukraine. Vehicles, planes, etc. they are familiar with and can use immediately. Temporarily, I am very grateful to our neighbors in Europe, to protect our air-space until new US made fighters arrive.

    • Erik Žiak
      Erik Žiak 3 days ago +1

      @gmyxt555 I am willing to lower the temperature in my flat down to 16°C. In the current winter season my radiators have been cold and I hope they will remain like this as long as possible. I try not to send any money to Putin and will make use of Russian gas only if temperatures really get below what I consider acceptable. I still have it much better than millions in Ukraine. Russia is a terrorist state, it destroys civilian energy infrastructure far from the front line. We have also many Ukrainian refugees here in Slovakia. I hear Ukrainian regularly when shopping. Women with children are the typical Ukrainian speaking ones. I fully support sanctions. Yes, they hurt. Yes, they hurt us. They hurt us all badly. But! They also hurt Russia. We must not chicken out! That is exactly what Putin wants. I personally will not throw the people of Ukraine overboard just for my own comfort. Such a selfish move would be very short-sighted. Your country has some historical experience, and my country too. Appeasing dictators, just to have (temporary) peace, relying on dictators to keep their promises and international memorandums and justifying it with "we need to trade products, we need gas, we need coal" is not only short-sighted, but dangerous to oneself in the case the dictator would be on the border.

    • gmyxt555
      gmyxt555 3 days ago

      Literally for every missile fired they can make ten more

    • gmyxt555
      gmyxt555 3 days ago

      thats why this war is pointless, both sides are being financed by huge amounts of money: ua from eu and us while russia from its natural resources and india china etc. EU should stop wsting taxpayers money and lift sanctions: otherwise we will keep funding a never ending war in the east

    • gmyxt555
      gmyxt555 3 days ago

      @OneManArmy look, russia wont run out of missiles, they may retreat from ukraine but their missiles can keep raining down on its cities for 100 more years.

    • gmyxt555
      gmyxt555 3 days ago

      @Erik Žiak we re neighbors, I'm from poland. My country spent a lot of money for Ukraine and we have accepted a ton of immigrants. I'd rather stay neutral and not support either party. Im against sanctions i just want free trade with both Russia and Ukraine. We need gas and coal but our dear govt foes everything to prevent that.

  • Ana Brooke
    Ana Brooke Month ago +21

    I’m former Air Force, worked in Air Mobility Command 2009-2014, and this is awesome to see on your channel. I’ve been around the world transporting passengers and cargo and it’s an experience that opened my eyes and will never forget. Definitely was proud of my service!!

  • Rishab Gangopadhyay
    Rishab Gangopadhyay Month ago +2860

    The reason America is a superpower isn't because of the number of planes or tanks or troops. It's solely because of its ability to keep its military (relatively) well fed, well trained, well paid, and well fueled, anywhere in the world, 365 days a year. Dictators and regimes around the world always discount this, and instead invest in rifles and tanks instead of supply ships and cargo planes and water infrastructure, since the latter doesn't project force as well. Thanks for doing this video!

    • MackMezoo
      MackMezoo 7 days ago

      But when these people are done fighting wars for America they are thrown to the side with mental health etc. I watch videos of homeless people in America and a big number of them are ex military who were never given any help.

    • Charankamal Padda
      Charankamal Padda 8 days ago

      @Ginger Licious Everyone got different goals and desires in life. If you have already reached yours, then good for you. But there others in this world who still haven't reached their goals and are still working to get there.

    • Ginger Licious
      Ginger Licious 8 days ago

      @Charankamal Padda Try to make it less obvious when you're projecting bro lol. I was on my lunch break and you were responding promptly as well. I'm perfectly satisfied with my job, the income it gives me, and the work/life balance I have. I doubt you ever will be.

    • Charankamal Padda
      Charankamal Padda 8 days ago

      @Ginger Licious That's exactly what I'm doing bro. Working hard day and night to upgrade myself out of this horrid lifestyle. Still more hardworking than you. I get a response from you like after every minute. Maybe you should get back to work and get off RU-clip sometimes. Goodbye lol🖐🖐🖐😂😂😂

    • Ginger Licious
      Ginger Licious 8 days ago

      @Charankamal Padda You pretty obviously have zero perspective and zero understanding of how good you have it.
      Obviously some people have better lifestyles. If they had access to that lifestyle you're envious of because they had more money then you should work harder. If not, then why haven't you adjusted your lifestyle to more resemble theirs?
      If you're so chronically bored, it sounds like the problem is less the lifestyle and more with you. Have you considered you might be a boring person?

  • dolita windo
    dolita windo Month ago +5

    This channel never fails to impress me with its consistent, top notch quality. Keep up the great videos Wendover team!

  • M. Alan Thomas II
    M. Alan Thomas II Month ago +4

    The transport network's used by more than the DOD, because when you have a network with massive capacity for emergencies just sitting around in normal times, why pay for anything else? My best friend grew up a foreign service brat and is quite familiar.
    Also, how do you fly into an airbase that isn't yet an airbase? Answer: There's an entire contingent of elite military air traffic controllers and similar who can run a fully-functioning, heavy-traffic airport off of a card table with a radio, a map, and some basic paperwork on it. They're slightly insane, but so is anyone in air traffic control.

  • Noco
    Noco Month ago +4

    Man imagine being a Russian soldier watching this video after you were just told that you have to search old trucks for a first aid kit or to "buy tampons" for your bullet wounds.

  • The Ticklemeister
    The Ticklemeister Month ago +2

    It blows my mind how incredibly efficient and yet incredibly inefficient the US government can be. I mean this logistics network is absolutely incredible. I mean the fact that all these systems are in place just blows my mind and it's all like a system set up to around like a well-willed machine. No Russia isn't as logistically inclined as the United States is and doesn't have nearly the technology.

    • Ronmake
      Ronmake Month ago

      We spent nearly 1 trillion yearly on military

  • David
    David Month ago +1712

    When I was a kid, my family was stationed in Naples near Carney Park. In retrospect, it's amazing how much resources the DoD invests there. The Support Site in Gricignano is like a small American city, with schools, housing, a hospital, a hotel, a shopping center, recreation, and more. It's worth noting that this is not just for the US military but the families of all NATO forces working there. This support was all essential because our parents would frequently get deployed elsewhere in the world, so thousands of families had to survive in an otherwise foreign place.

    • Stad122
      Stad122 Month ago +1

      @kush astea The IMF gives loans for the country to build up it's capabilities, which should be able to increase their ability to pay those debts. China's method makes them dependent on the businesses from China. It's why initiatives to help a country build it's infrastructure are better than supplying what it needs through charities.
      And the military presence doesn't need justification. Those countries request and approve the establishment of US bases.

    • kush astea
      kush astea Month ago

      @Stad122 lmfaoooooooo so you've never heard of the IMF. also lmfaoooooooo justifying military presence on foreign soil

    • Stad122
      Stad122 Month ago

      @kush astea Yes. Because the infrastructure makes them dependent on Chinese puppet corporations, while the US just makes sure to buy and build a place where it's soldiers can feel at home.

    • damen whelan
      damen whelan Month ago

      Thousands of voters.

    • kush astea
      kush astea Month ago +3

      @Brian Byrnes china building infrastructures in Africa is colonialism but usa building military bases in foreign land is not

  • Neill Thornton
    Neill Thornton Month ago +1

    The reverse to this is the incredible scale of the DoD's medical treatment and evacuation system. The US Navy (through the Military Sealift Command) operates some of the largest hospitals in the USA, the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort. They are just one piece in an amazing system that has resulted in a survival rate of over 99% for a US Marine being treated by a US Navy Corpsman in the battlefield.

  • S. E. Vidrio
    S. E. Vidrio Month ago +3

    I like how "only the essentials" in a temporary air base is still so over-capable that it includes a whole suite of washing machines with hot water &c.

    • themocaw
      themocaw Month ago

      You don't wash clothes, you get disease and bad morale.

  • Ming Chan
    Ming Chan Month ago +2

    As a C-17 crew chief, I'm pretty excited when somebody starts talking about the UTC kits and other benefits like Space-A. That said though, there are many times full of BS that made me wonder how we're still holding all of this together.

  • Ana Brooke
    Ana Brooke Month ago +1

    During my time in the ROK TransCom, I had the opportunity to work together with some of the elements mentioned in the video. As a simple Korean enlistee I can't say I've first hand experience of the full logistical might of the US, but I do want to highlight the people I interacted with during my time. Everyone I met was an expert and professional to the degree that quite close to everything done was like clockwork. The big machines may do the heavy lifting, but I'd also highlight the people--the people make it happen, and they made it happen good.

  • mitsumasa8
    mitsumasa8 Month ago +528

    I was amazed by the sheer scale of the logistics supporting the US military, and then you mentioned the navy and I realized you’d really only been talking about the army until that point. That really blew my mind.

    • Tasman McMillan
      Tasman McMillan Month ago

      And those are just the US owned & operated sites that the public know about. I know Australia has massive stockpiles of US equipment in Australian owned places, including old underground mines

    • Hiiiiiiii
      Hiiiiiiii Month ago

      Same 100%

    • Nhan Dinh
      Nhan Dinh Month ago +1

      @Anonymous and Immortal and how does your statement relate to the size of the US Air Force and Naval Air Force?

    • tokyosmash
      tokyosmash Month ago

      @DeusVult you’re right, proud FO.

    • DeusVult
      DeusVult Month ago

      @tokyosmash pog

  • Izzy May IS ready
    Izzy May IS ready  Month ago +1

    When I was a kid, my family was stationed in Naples near Carney Park. In retrospect, it's amazing how much resources the DoD invests there. The Support Site in Gricignano is like a small American city, with schools, housing, a hospital, a hotel, a shopping center, recreation, and more. It's worth noting that this is not just for the US military but the families of all NATO forces working there. This support was all essential because our parents would frequently get deployed elsewhere in the world, so thousands of families had to survive in an otherwise foreign place.

  • Zach Whitehead
    Zach Whitehead 12 days ago +1

    Was watching the port workers load a seemingly endless amount of pallets onto Royal's Wonder of the Seas and thought. Sam needs to do a video on cruise ship logistics. It has to be as insane as concerts!

  • LordWaffles1357
    LordWaffles1357 Month ago +8

    I'm currently an Air Transportation specialist in the US Air Force and I absolutely love watching this! I've been in for a short time but so far I have seen and moved so much cool stuff that really makes the job rewarding!

    • C P
      C P Month ago

      Word of advice: You're going to meet a lot of negative people who wanted to do something else. Ignore them. Learn the ins and outs of your job, get qualified on everything you can, especially team chief and take pride in your job because everything you do is going to effect someone else
      Also stay in cargo as long as you can. Pax sucks

  • Aislinn Ariadne
    Aislinn Ariadne Month ago

    This channel never fails to impress me with its consistent, top notch quality. Keep up the great videos Wendover team!

  • Ana Brooke
    Ana Brooke Month ago +1

    The US military is truly a titan of logistics... Seeing their transport capabilities is honestly more intimdating than any fancy weapon showcase or power projection they might put on.

  • Zero Ronin
    Zero Ronin Day ago

    My head was hurting trying to just wrap my head around the army logistics then you started on the navy. I just about died from the strain of trying to comprehend the amount of logistics needed to supply an army that large now imagine all the other uniformed services 🙆‍♂️💀

  • Titus
    Titus Month ago +9

    I was a refueling boom operator and did a stint as a Contingency Response member to setup the austere bases you mentioned around the 8:30 time. As a boom operator we transported passenger and cargo all over the world, and refueled all types of aircraft. When I was leading a UTC for small base ops we didn't get those bases in a box, we got a trailer, a truck and 4 personnel to setup a dirt strip and run ops for a week. You did a great job, but missed the whole refueling tanker logistics.

    • SAM BRICKELL
      SAM BRICKELL Month ago +1

      I think he has a really long video about US military fuel logistics.

  • Ana Brooke
    Ana Brooke Month ago +1

    As a military brat those free military flights were amazing and super easy, went all over Europe for super cheap when my dad was retiring

  • Jeroen Bouwens
    Jeroen Bouwens Month ago +818

    Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine I regularly check aircraft tracking sites such as ADS-B exchange. What astounded me is that anytime I check the map, no matter the day or time of day, there's ALWAYS at least a few US military transports flying over Europe.

    • Stinging Metal
      Stinging Metal Month ago

      Russia is winning. Youre a clown if you support Ukraine.

    • Aaron Westley
      Aaron Westley Month ago +2

      @Vincenzo Turco Nah I don't have problems, I can read and comprehend and understand written comments in this site well enough. 😂 🤭😉

    • Vincenzo Turco
      Vincenzo Turco Month ago +1

      @Aaron Westley have you solved whatever personal problems make you act on behalf of other users on social media?

    • Aaron Westley
      Aaron Westley Month ago +2

      @Vincenzo Turco have you learned now how to read? 😂😂

    • Vincenzo Turco
      Vincenzo Turco Month ago

      @Aaron Westley did the OP nominate you as his lawyer?🤣

  • Ana Brooke
    Ana Brooke Month ago +1

    As a military brat those free military flights were amazing and super easy, went all over Europe for super cheap when my dad was retiring

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel Month ago +3

    I am always amazed by the quality of stock footage used in your videos. Crazy to think there's so much video content of US Army logistics.

  • Port Sullivan
    Port Sullivan Day ago

    This goes on to show how logistics is so critical. The US military is playing crucial roles in humanitarian aid across the globe and maintaining this network helps in making a positive impact. Instead of supplying ammunition and arms we should do more logistical work that helps those in need. Be a force to stabilise not destabilise

  • Donnie Reese
    Donnie Reese Month ago +2

    @Wendover Productions Here is a question for you. The different meal-prep delivery services, both the type that advertise on youtube and specialty types, what is the system of distribution that they have and how does it differ from a regular grocery pipeline? Is it that much different or worth a video?

  • MisterAwesome
    MisterAwesome Month ago +344

    I am always amazed by the quality of stock footage used in your videos. Crazy to think there's so much video content of US Army logistics.

    • carholic1336
      carholic1336 Month ago

      And pollution….

    • giang tran
      giang tran Month ago

      ok

    • The Boulder takes issue with that comment
      The Boulder takes issue with that comment Month ago +16

      The US military is funded by the public's money so the military is legally obligated to have a certain amount of transparency and show the public what it's money is being spent on

    • DeusVult
      DeusVult Month ago +13

      It's probably all shot by some E4 for their daily Armed Forces Network (AFN) story.
      The military has public affairs specialists. Their entire job is communicating what their unit is doing to the public at large. And there are news people that do multiple news casts a day with information from around the military to other military folks.

    • David Traver Adolphus
      David Traver Adolphus Month ago +27

      All content created by the US Government (or any other federal, state or local organization) is public domain. Some of it is classified, but none of it is copyrighted.

  • Ana Brooke
    Ana Brooke Month ago +1

    This was an excellent summary of a little known but vital capability of the US military. My father was a logistics officer in the Military Airlift Command, and as a kid I got to walk around HUGE warehouses full of thousands of everything: rucksacks, boots, generators, maintenance toolkits, hospital beds, trucks, whatever. It was like the biggest, best-organized Army surplus store ever, and it was only one of a dozen or so.

  • dallas yap
    dallas yap Month ago +1

    Yes, indeed the US military logistic and transportation system is massive and well-coordinated. A point that wasn't fully highlighted was SDDC.

  • centurion1945
    centurion1945 Month ago +11

    For more US military logistics, I highly recommend people check out a channel called Battle Order, specifically a video titled, "The Complex Logistics of Keeping a Tank Fueled (U.S. Army)"

  • Uncle Dan
    Uncle Dan Month ago +4

    I don't know if this has come up in other comments, but I imagine a decent bit of this logistics chain is flying into Poland and Ukraine right now. I'd be fascinated to hear more about those resupply efforts to Ukraine.

  • Jake Bandaruk
    Jake Bandaruk Month ago +566

    Hey I’m an Air Force C-17 pilot and I feel like you just taught me so much about my job hahah. This was really well done.

    • thi kim
      thi kim Month ago

      ok

    • SantoKun
      SantoKun Month ago

      Thank you for your service 🙏

    • Saga Fish
      Saga Fish Month ago +2

      @Andrew R flaps full, 130 knots.
      Be patient. We take pride in drop scores. (Accuracy)

    • William Young
      William Young Month ago +1

      Gotta love Ramstein. "We're all living in America, America, It's wunderbar!" ;-)

    • Chris Alden in Alaska
      Chris Alden in Alaska Month ago

      Is that you I see flying around a few days a week making runs on Malamute drop zone.

  • Aislinn Ariadne
    Aislinn Ariadne Month ago +2

    I am from Glorious Russia, and want to say thank you so much for this explanation of DoD logistics. It's a great tutorial for an army in disarray introduction for the average viewer.

  • ConRon
    ConRon Month ago +1

    The unrivaled logistics is truly what makes the US military miles ahead of anyone else. China is starting to build more planes, tanks, aircraft carriers, and such but it’s the knowledge of the logistical complexity that makes the US an impossible adversary to challenge. You just can’t match their ability to deploy, and importantly, sustain a conflict for years without a lapse.

  • tildejustin
    tildejustin Month ago +6

    It's surreal hearing about places near you mentioned in an international scale video. I live only 15 miles from BWI and I never knew how important it was militarily, although I guess we do hear a large amount of military aircraft. It's never crossed my mind that might not be true elsewhere.

  • Ava RoSe Sᴇx Cʜᴀɴɴᴇʟ 21

    As a steam enthusiast, I feel obliged to point out that even the most modern nuclear aircraft carriers are, technically, also steam-powered.

  • A Revolving Door
    A Revolving Door Month ago +12

    Sorry Wendover, I loved the video, but at 3:49 I just wanted to point out that the facility in Naples is not inside a dormant volcano, it is inside a partially eroded cinder cone. Which is on top of a very active supervolcano called Campi Fleigrei from whom the cinder cone is created, but I totally understand as the sentence you wrote sounds way cooler.

    • A Revolving Door
      A Revolving Door Month ago

      @Rob Fraser im sure a quick google search could rectify that, but if I had to guess they probably leased it indefinitely at the end of ww2

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser Month ago

      I'm curious as to how the US managed to acquire such an area from the Italians as you would think such a site would be culturally protected.

    • D Taylor
      D Taylor Month ago +2

      I disagree… I think a “very active super volcano” sounds way cooler 😂

  • Matthew Fuller
    Matthew Fuller Month ago +30

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    • Howard Gilbert
      Howard Gilbert Month ago

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      Angela Parker Month ago

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    • Mildred Crawford
      Mildred Crawford Month ago

      @Angela Parker .Thanks you for this. Will definitely reach out to him now. Thanks again

    • Angela Parker
      Angela Parker Month ago

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    • Angela Parker
      Angela Parker Month ago

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  • Val Jamin
    Val Jamin Month ago +10

    There's a reason that "Amateurs study tactics, professionals' study logistic," is a common saying. Logistics power is military power!

  • Sky Den
    Sky Den Month ago +7

    This was a great video to watch as I have personal experience ties to several of the mentioned aspects in the video. My dad was USAF when I was born, so my first 16yrs were spent on air force bases. These included Nellis AFB, Travis AFB, Scott AFB and even the base at Incirlik Turkey. I want to point out another primary host function of Scott AFB, that being of the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (part of the 375th Operations Group.) As the name suggests, this group is responsible for evacuating and otherwise transporting medically incapacitated personal as well as attending medical personal and their necessary equipment. From mid 1988 to mid 1991, my dad was stationed at Scott AFB as assigned to be the ranking NCO of the base's orthopedics medical department.
    One more neat (if I do say so myself) tie I have to the logistics aspects of the USAF is through my grandfather who was a member of "Red Horse," the USAF's department of engineering assigned to flightline and supporting infrastructure construction in hostile territory. My grandfather, who retired with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, for a period of time during the 1980s (if I'm not mistaken,) was the overall command NCO of the western division of Red Horse, which was/is headquartered at Nellis AFB, NV.
    Thanks, Wendover Productions, for this very informative and personally tied video presentation.

  • Bryant G
    Bryant G Month ago +1

    Air Force kid here… lived on Ramstein as a kid. We caught “hops” all the time to travel around Europe. I only appreciate how complicated the military infrastructure is as adult who’s worked for the DOD and federal govt my whole adult life.. Like ramstein is bigger than a ton of US cities… and we have 20 other bases in Germany alone. It’s insane

  • Dennis Svitak
    Dennis Svitak Month ago

    I was an aviation meteorologist in the US Air Force for 20+ years. One of my assignments was at Air Mobility Command HQ, at Scott AFB, IL. I briefed a C-141 pilot on the weather conditions to Frankfurt Germany, and back. Why? The four star general's wife wanted some German furniture. Well....the pilots needed the flight time, in any event.

  • Daniel McHugh
    Daniel McHugh Month ago +2

    Everytime I am reminder of what a behemoth the US military is I am incredibly grateful my country, the UK is their ally...

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel Month ago

    Ah yes, The Patriot Express. I've grown up as a dependent of an active duty member (father is in the Air Force), and have had my fair share of military traveling experiences across the globe. I've also lived all over America and the world, including but not limited to: Washington, D.C., South Korea, Spain, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Alabama, Arkansas, and more.
    My family and I flew the Patriot Express (Omni Air) from Washington, D.C., all the way to South Korea in 2020 when we got stationed there for 2 years, and let me just say, for the record... Worst flying experience we've ever had. The pilot seemed like he was just out of school, the flight attendants were borderline racists, and each and every take off and landing felt like we were about to crash right there on the runway.
    As an adult who's grown out of the military lifestyle, I can honestly say that I do not miss the craziness of traveling within the military. It's not just as simple as you put it with 'trying to catch a flight to Germany' if you don't have RNLT papers/orders to your new base. You literally have to wake up at 3 am just to make it on time to the air field, where you'll wait for hours in hopes of making it onto a hopper/rotator which is always super uncomfortable, loud as HELL, and a bumpy ride the entire way. There aren't many things that I miss about the military, but even still, I have access to any base around the world until a few years from now if I ever wanted to visit one again - which I never would.
    And to all of those who are watching this video and thinking that you're missing out on some secret, luxurious lifestyle, take it from me who grew up in it- you're NOT missing anything great. Most of the bases are mediocre/outdated/poorly constructed, a lot of the leadership on said bases are shit (especially on Bolling AFB, in D.C.), the housing generally sucks ass, and those cool hotels that were mentioned?? Yeah, they're eternally infected with ants, roaches, mold, and more. Don't let the pictures and videos fool you, these 'special military inns' have been around for decades and are poorly managed almost all of the time... And I've stayed at countless locations around the globe, they never fail to disappoint.

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel Month ago

    Ah yes, The Patriot Express. I've grown up as a dependent of an active duty member (father is in the Air Force), and have had my fair share of military traveling experiences across the globe. I've also lived all over America and the world, including but not limited to: Washington, D.C., South Korea, Spain, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Alabama, Arkansas, and more.
    My family and I flew the Patriot Express (Omni Air) from Washington, D.C., all the way to South Korea in 2020 when we got stationed there for 2 years, and let me just say, for the record... Worst flying experience we've ever had. The pilot seemed like he was just out of school, the flight attendants were borderline racists, and each and every take off and landing felt like we were about to crash right there on the runway.
    As an adult who's grown out of the military lifestyle, I can honestly say that I do not miss the craziness of traveling within the military. It's not just as simple as you put it with 'trying to catch a flight to Germany' if you don't have RNLT papers/orders to your new base. You literally have to wake up at 3 am just to make it on time to the air field, where you'll wait for hours in hopes of making it onto a hopper/rotator which is always super uncomfortable, loud as HELL, and a bumpy ride the entire way. There aren't many things that I miss about the military, but even still, I have access to any base around the world until a few years from now if I ever wanted to visit one again - which I never would.
    And to all of those who are watching this video and thinking that you're missing out on some secret, luxurious lifestyle, take it from me who grew up in it- you're NOT missing anything great. Most of the bases are mediocre/outdated/poorly constructed, a lot of the leadership on said bases are shit (especially on Bolling AFB, in D.C.), the housing generally sucks ass, and those cool hotels that were mentioned?? Yeah, they're eternally infected with ants, roaches, mold, and more. Don't let the pictures and videos fool you, these 'special military inns' have been around for decades and are poorly managed almost all of the time... And I've stayed at countless locations around the globe, they never fail to disappoint.

  • Mark Pukey
    Mark Pukey Month ago

    This is awesome! I'm delighted to know some of my tax dollars are supporting this.
    And the day the US government needs those commercial carriers to dedicate flights to US military transport needs... I hope they remember that "easy money" only happened because "we need you now" was on the table.

  • A Y
    A Y Month ago +3

    I remember once there was a group of 3 USAF guys in front of me at the Navy Lodge in Port Hueneme, CA ask "oh my it is late. Is there a restaurant on the hotel premises" I almost fell over laughing. They thought it would be the Four Seasons--which it definitely is not.

    • Praise The Sun
      Praise The Sun Month ago +2

      If by four seasons they mean you are exposed to at least 4 hostile elements of weather, then it is the four seasons.

  • Walker Bragg
    Walker Bragg Month ago +3

    That is incredible how quickly functional bare bones base can be set up. That's some pretty top of the line resource management and planning. I'm truly impressed.

  • Facterino Commenterino
    Facterino Commenterino Month ago +750

    Today's fact: Marmite was one of most confiscated items at airports from the U.K., to overcome this issue, Marmite made smaller ones for travelling.

    • Beserk
      Beserk Month ago

      Marmite is disgusting

    • Merennulli
      Merennulli Month ago

      @CorePathway Agreed. I used to like Spam as a kid too. I developed...not really an allergy but some kind of negative reaction to ham that causes nausea now. If it weren't for that, I'd probably still eat Spam. I honestly don't know if Spam will cause it (bacon and pork sausage don't seem to), but I'm scared to try.

    • CorePathway
      CorePathway Month ago +1

      Millions of people still buy Spam. Like willingly, on purpose for daily consumption. It only took a few REFORGER exercises where my pampered Division HQ REMF ass was attached to disabuse me for the charms of Spam.
      Like they say, there’s no accounting for taste.

    • Akitadakid
      Akitadakid Month ago

      @Merennulli ew 🥲

    • Merennulli
      Merennulli Month ago +3

      @Akitadakid A gastrointestinal explosive used in interpersonal chemical warfare.

  • Ana Brooke
    Ana Brooke Month ago

    As a steam enthusiast, I feel obliged to point out that even the most modern nuclear aircraft carriers are, technically, also steam-powered. 😉

  • Gandolf the White

    During the 70s and 80s my father was a civilian aircraft electrician at McGuire AFB NJ. He worked on C-130 Hercules and C-141 Starlifter of MATS (Military Air Transport). Ironically the turboprop C-130 is still in use and the jet powered C-141 has been replaced.

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel Month ago +4

    I am always amazed by the quality of stock footage used in your videos. Crazy to think there's so much video content of US Army logistics.

  • RideFreestyleOhio
    RideFreestyleOhio Month ago +8

    This is literally what I do for work in the military and this whole video is surprisingly accurate!

  • The Evil Genius
    The Evil Genius Month ago +125

    Former Navy. I was a Yeoman in Japan and frequently both rode on and filled out reservation papers for the Patriot Express. Never thought I'd see that in a Wendover video but here we are. Awesome stuff.

  • O. .O
    O. .O 23 days ago +1

    Thanks to AMC and the Space-A system, I was able to travel home from South Korea to see my family for a bit for like $200.
    This is especially nice for younger, lower ranking folks not making much money yet.

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel Month ago

    During my time in the ROK TransCom, I had the opportunity to work together with some of the elements mentioned in the video. As a simple Korean enlistee I can't say I've first hand experience of the full logistical might of the US, but I do want to highlight the people I interacted with during my time. Everyone I met was an expert and professional to the degree that quite close to everything done was like clockwork. The big machines may do the heavy lifting, but I'd also highlight the people--the people make it happen, and they made it happen good.

  • Leah 👈𝓕**СК МЕ - СНЕ𝓒𝓚 𝓜𝓨 Р𝓡0𝓕𝓘𝓛Е 💗

    During my time in the ROK TransCom, I had the opportunity to work together with some of the elements mentioned in the video. As a simple Korean enlistee I can't say I've first hand experience of the full logistical might of the US, but I do want to highlight the people I interacted with during my time. Everyone I met was an expert and professional to the degree that quite close to everything done was like clockwork. The big machines may do the heavy lifting, but I'd also highlight the people--the people make it happen, and they made it happen good.

  • Nerium Oleander
    Nerium Oleander Month ago +1

    Despite all the claims here, the US have never directly fraught against a 1st world country and only has bombed 3rd world countries resulting in a lot of civilian casualties. In addition to that the high costs of equipment that costs a fraction for the exact same thing in a hardware store. All of this also ignore the facts that missiles are now capable of hitting your supply if they wanted to.
    US invasion of other countries are all because of self interests and in fact has made terrorism and problems worse.

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel Month ago

    I’m former Air Force, worked in Air Mobility Command 2009-2014, and this is awesome to see on your channel. I’ve been around the world transporting passengers and cargo and it’s an experience that opened my eyes and will never forget. Definitely was proud of my service!!

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel Month ago

    I’m former Air Force, worked in Air Mobility Command 2009-2014, and this is awesome to see on your channel. I’ve been around the world transporting passengers and cargo and it’s an experience that opened my eyes and will never forget. Definitely was proud of my service!!

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel Month ago

    I’m former Air Force, worked in Air Mobility Command 2009-2014, and this is awesome to see on your channel. I’ve been around the world transporting passengers and cargo and it’s an experience that opened my eyes and will never forget. Definitely was proud of my service!!

  • OlympiaBinewski
    OlympiaBinewski Month ago +1

    My sister is a Navy doctor and seeing all the perks and travel she takes advantage of through DoD I have an idea of why our defense budget is so high. I joke with her that my Presidential platform would be we treat our military too well. A sure-fire election winner!

  • afantasticdream
    afantasticdream Month ago +508

    I’m former Air Force, worked in Air Mobility Command 2009-2014, and this is awesome to see on your channel. I’ve been around the world transporting passengers and cargo and it’s an experience that opened my eyes and will never forget. Definitely was proud of my service!!

    • Robert Ortiz-Wilson
      Robert Ortiz-Wilson Month ago +1

      @Nader Nabil Americans were divided on vietnam, there was no consensus. Americans were in favor of action in korea, the Taiwan strait, Grenada, the Gulf war, Panama, threats to the dictatorship of Haiti forcing it to resign, and so on.

    • Anonymous and Immortal
      Anonymous and Immortal Month ago +2

      @He who has no identity it’s also led to devastation and murder of innocent people in the Middle East with years of failed wars

    • Nader Nabil
      Nader Nabil Month ago +5

      @He who has no identity I don't think "The People" wanted a war with Vietnam for example.
      What you can learn from the history of US military interventions after WWII is that it either has little popular support or has manufactured support that's built on a lie. WMDs in Iraq is another clear example.

    • The Boulder takes issue with that comment
      The Boulder takes issue with that comment Month ago +1

      @Vyros . Obama inherited the war Bush started. Bush put Obama between a rock and a hard place. This is why I think presidents should serve 6 year terms instead of 4 year terms. 4 years simply isn't enough time to get any long term goals completed before another president is elected and potentially undoes all of your work. Biden has spent the last 2 years mostly just trying to fix Trump's fuck ups for example

    • Vyros .
      Vyros . Month ago +2

      Exactly. The militaries activities really depends on the current political theater and the president. For example Bush and Obama were warmongerers while Trump and Biden haven't been.

  • Korben The Dog
    Korben The Dog Month ago +1

    So...did anyone else hear "About a billion dollars worth of equipment is stored at each of these bases" and *immediately* think about how juicy of a target those bases would be for our enemies? That and the fact that 32 ships form basically the backbone of our entire fleet? IDK, it's incredibly efficient, but I feel like if a country was trying to cripple our ability to launch expeditionary forces, that's what they would hit first.

  • Panamaniac
    Panamaniac Month ago

    Amazing that the US military is so massive and has this huge military logistics apparatus, and yet we spend way less on all of this than we do for Medicare and Social Security.

  • Tyler Lewis
    Tyler Lewis 23 days ago

    It's impressive all of this works as well as it does when nearly every contractor is doing the lowest amount of work for the highest amount they can charge.
    Shout out to atlas for making us load and unload our own gear while in transit from Iraq to Texas. Having to load the plane in the Kuwaiti sun to unload it ourselves in Germany to load onto another plane just to have to repeat it again after we landed was nice. Glad those contractors were making 5x what we were to be in Iraq to just stand there and watch us

  • Ana Brooke
    Ana Brooke Month ago

    As a military brat those free military flights were amazing and super easy, went all over Europe for super cheap when my dad was retiring

  • Digit975
    Digit975 Month ago +118

    I know one thing, the Navy container ships are full DGAF when it comes to speed. We’ve almost been capsized by them while fishing in Washington’s Puget Sound because they’re going so damn fast and making 10-15’ wakes. Way waaaay faster than commercial ships.

    • Aakash singh
      Aakash singh Month ago

      Nice

    • Aakash singh
      Aakash singh Month ago

      Nivasi

    • The All Seeing Eye
      The All Seeing Eye Month ago +17

      Because fuel conservancy is not part of their operating consideration.
      Commercial cargo transport on the otherhand are currently moving at coasting speed, port to port.

    • Digit975
      Digit975 Month ago +11

      @Stu Bur Ehhhh. Or they just don’t care because they can go as fast as they want. There’s not a whole lot going on at the naval stations around here.

    • Stu Bur
      Stu Bur Month ago +5

      When stuff is needed somewhere right now, they make best possible speeds.

  • 762459
    762459 Month ago

    The amount of logistics the US military is doing just before the first shot is fired is truly mind-boggling.

  • octet33
    octet33 Month ago +2

    16:12 IDK, there is a massive difference between "ships we have now" and "ships we will have next month". The USA may have survived WW2 based on the ships we had the day of the Pearl Harbor attacks, at least for a bit, but we didn't win with them. What actually won the war, was brand new ships, especially the Liberty Ship, designed to maximize the throughput of a shipyard.
    Speaking of: I'd be interested in the logistical aspect of how that actually worked. Designing a ship that can be thrown together, and then handing a shipyard the blueprints is one thing. Making sure the shipyard workers don't have to wait around for materials to get out of traffic jams, is another.

  • Ana Brooke
    Ana Brooke Month ago

    I'd love to see a video on the strategic risk of the lack of US Merchant Marine. That could be a whole video in itself, and I think US politicians need to be made aware of it and why it's a problem. Very little maritime shipping to and from the USA is carried on US flagged ships. Flags of Convenience dominate the shipping industry. This is a big part of why there's not enough US Merchant ships or sailors.

  • geckoman1011
    geckoman1011 Month ago

    "Nothing happens until something moves" is what we said in the transportation corps. And I think we've had a great example the past couple years of how important logistics is, between supply chain issues as well as seeing how much it's restrained the Russian army.

  • Josh
    Josh Month ago +1

    The ability to quickly build facilities should be applied to the homeless. Recruit to the army core of engineers and set these up.

  • Ian Worcester
    Ian Worcester Month ago +2

    I love this video, back in February when Russia invaded my brigade was put on alert to go to Germany. Once we were activated we went over and within a matter of days we had pulled APS and we’re ready to roll. When we went to Korea in 2020 it took months to properly load and ship all of our equipment to do a rotation there. So after experiencing what was basically a REFORGER it just blew my mind. And also my brigade was a ABCT

  • Navin
    Navin Month ago +2

    One thing that i really find a good thing about US Defence is how transparent they are. I bet, a similar video on any other country possibly could not be made. This also keeps the military accountable.

    • Alex Rodriguez
      Alex Rodriguez Month ago

      The US budget is freely available online. It may be thousands pages long but it is there for anyone to inspect right down to the number of bullets and toilet paper the military is buying. American do not get enough respect for precision and attention to detail.

  • jshumphress13
    jshumphress13 Month ago +3

    Obviously I assumed military logistics would be an immense challenge. I did NOT know about all of this though (especially the cool part about how you can use that service for vacation with your family albeit risky if you're a person that likes a plan haha). Thanks for the video. Great as always.

  • Zachary Schulling
    Zachary Schulling Month ago +190

    Fun fact: In the event of full scale war, ALL manufacturing centers in the US are required by law to be capable of military production. Once the Defense Production Act is invoked all non-essential consumer goods are halted and converted to military production. The gov owns HUGE warehouses full of equipment to re-toll civilian factory lines once the go ahead is sent. A car factory will become a tank factory within a month. No other country in the world has this production advantage, especially at our scale

    • George V. Cohea
      George V. Cohea 22 days ago

      @Rosaria
      Many of the big players are already set up and do just that on a day-to-day basis.. Conagra, Hormel and others can scale up, when necessary.

    • Andriod Khan
      Andriod Khan 22 days ago +1

      So true, but China does. Biggest manufacturing country in the world. We were once too during the 1950s but as services rise, as cost of labour rises, we became more service oriented.
      China is in that same phrase now, and probably can do it even faster (of course quality may suck).

    • OneManArmy
      OneManArmy Month ago

      Sounds like BS. Have you seen the state of a lot of manufacturing companies in the US? Hell, when the covid vaccine first went into production, millions of vaccines had to be discarded since the facility it was being made in was a disaster. Tesla's car are nightmares that constantly catch fire, I doubt they can make a tank.

    • Orc Lover
      Orc Lover Month ago

      @locknight America was still in the great depression in 1940.. ironically it had equal work participation rates for men as 2022...it had an army the size of Yugoslavia. Not sure about the patriotism today but if a disliked nation like China or Russia attacked America and killed hundreds of Americans I imagine the manufacturing issues would suddenly be "solved". I remember when people thought we couldn't make enough vaccine, and there was a working vaccine available to most of the nation a within a year...and multiple iterations made within 2 years...and I thought America relied on other countries for that?

    • George V. Cohea
      George V. Cohea Month ago

      @DannyZero69
      Many of the big players are already set up and do just that on a day-to-day basis.. Conagra, Hormel and others can scale up, when necessary.

  • Kyle Davis
    Kyle Davis Month ago +1

    The quintessential example of logistics being more important than raw power is Russia versus Ukraine. Russia is Superior in the number of troops and their raw fighting potential however poor logistics crippled their ability to utilize their potential.

  • Miroslav Houdek
    Miroslav Houdek Month ago +6

    As someone who saw a lot of videos showing Russian army, I was very pleasantly surprised that everyone in this video had socks. That's already some sound logistics right there.

  • SasskeeperXanth
    SasskeeperXanth 3 days ago +1

    Imagine what good could be done if we put this much thought and money and manpower into humanitarian purposes.

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    morskojvolk Month ago +9

    "Wow, so, it's almost like logistics are a _neccessary prerequisite_ for combat effectiveness. All this time I thought all you needed were some uniforms, rusty guns, and a _lot_ of warm bodies..."
    _-Sergei Shoigu_

  • Jim Pad
    Jim Pad Month ago +1

    In addition to the systems listed, the USAF has a network of scheduled diplomatic flights that cover most of the major USA embassies around the world. Some flights are daily, but some are only weekly. DOD and State department employees can easily schedule these flights to reach most embassies within one week on secure USAF aircraft. These aircraft also carry secret diplomatic pouches.

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    When I was a kid, my family was stationed in Naples near Carney Park. In retrospect, it's amazing how much resources the DoD invests there. The Support Site in Gricignano is like a small American city, with schools, housing, a hospital, a hotel, a shopping center, recreation, and more. It's worth noting that this is not just for the US military but the families of all NATO forces working there. This support was all essential because our parents would frequently get deployed elsewhere in the world, so thousands of families had to survive in an otherwise foreign place.

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    When I was a kid, my family was stationed in Naples near Carney Park. In retrospect, it's amazing how much resources the DoD invests there. The Support Site in Gricignano is like a small American city, with schools, housing, a hospital, a hotel, a shopping center, recreation, and more. It's worth noting that this is not just for the US military but the families of all NATO forces working there. This support was all essential because our parents would frequently get deployed elsewhere in the world, so thousands of families had to survive in an otherwise foreign place.

  • Jacob Butler
    Jacob Butler Month ago +192

    The US military isn't the world's greatest fighting force. It's the world's greatest Logistics force, that also just coincidentally happens to be the world's greatest fighting force.

    • Gerard Boer
      Gerard Boer Month ago

      only they did loose many wars !! 🤣😅😝😜😁😄

    • carholic1336
      carholic1336 Month ago +2

      @apo the worlds greatest shame!!!

    • apo
      apo Month ago +1

      @Robert Ortiz-Wilson greatest doesn't necessarily mean the most committing, just the greatest. You're delusional if you disagree.

    • Robert Ortiz-Wilson
      Robert Ortiz-Wilson Month ago +2

      @apo also not true, per capita and even in total yearly, other countries just can't help themselves I guess.

    • apo
      apo Month ago +2

      also the world's greatest war crime force

  • Snowmochi
    Snowmochi Month ago +1

    I lived in Japan when I was in highschool and got to visit US Navy base in Yokosuka. As an American, I was surprised to see an entire base that was essentially like every other suburban town in America. It had movie theater with movies not opened in Japan yet and even had a mall with Taco Bell. It was crazy

  • Dave
    Dave Month ago +1

    Despite a few hiccups here and there, I am always amazed by the transportation machine the US military enables. I had the opportunity to travel a lot while I was in the military for work and leisure. I'd hate to see what that collective bill looks like.