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Army faces logistics, alliance hurdles in the Pacific

October 19, 2023

Sam Skove

Defense One

A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Field Artillery Brigade marshals an M-142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) onto a scale during Talisman Sabre 23 at Williamson Airfield, Australia, July 26, 2023. U.S. AIR FORCE / AIRMAN 1ST CLASS TYLIR MEYER


By Sam Skove, Defense One / October 19, 2023

As the Army rushed to send weapons and munitions to Ukraine in February last year, it had some helpful factors in its favor: ample equipment already stored in Europe, civilian transportation companies eager to help, and relatively short distances to move the gear. 

In the Pacific, it's another story. 

From how the Army gets drinking water to which ports will allow U.S. ships to enter, the Army is confronting a range of logistics problems it will need to solve as it prepares to fight in the Pacific. 

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