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The US Military’s Massive Global Transportation System

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  • Ethan T
    Ethan T Gün əvvəl +8

    First time I personally experienced the amazing US military logistics was when a unique part broke and the only spare was on a training unit. That part went from the training unit in Virginia to onboard our ship in the middle of the Pacific in under 36 hours.

  • tiafolla
    tiafolla 2 ay əvvəl +408

    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 Ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl +2

      @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.

  • Poppy Pearce
    Poppy Pearce 23 gün əvvəl +141

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  • SaltyWaffles
    SaltyWaffles 2 ay əvvəl +143

    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.

    • Spabsa
      Spabsa 4 gün əvvəl

      @Kabir Kumar WW1, WW2, the Korean War. The invasion of Kuwait and the Iraq war. The Warsaw Pact and the Cold War. All of these were actual events that happened. Not propaganda. All the wars won resulted in lasting friendship with the other. Even if they were our enemy. The Koreans and people of Kuwait were thankful. Same with the Japanese the Germans. We invested in them because we both believe in Democracy whilst being a true “republic” for the people. In return they gave us bases. Same with Europe. You save a whole continents ass twice then they might give you a couple of bases to stick around and make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s no different than you hiring a security guard because you’re a weak wimp unable to protect himself. Russia and China do the exact same thing, with the countries they manage to help to win their wars. Like the North Koreans. Or the Russians with the Warsaw Pact. Problem is some people want democracy, while some have to put up with an autocracy. Unfortunately the North Koreans have to put up with it. Poland, the Baltic’s, east Germany. We’re a little more lucky. At least the Russians invaded and managed to take a little bit of Finland. And they have Belarus, and are actively invading Ukraine.
      But know since they are attacking Ukraine. Finland got flashbacks and now convinced Sweden to join NATO with them. Ukraine is beating them on the battlefield and will most definitely join NATO after this is over. Can’t you see NATO grows more powerful when we have a big bad scary Russia to unite against? Don’t you see if Russia simply did what the Americans did. By making them your friends instead of trying to subjugate. They would be a lot better off? But what did they do after they Cleaned the NAZIS out of east Europe? What did the Americans do after they cleaned the NAZIS out of the west. Well the Americans went home, all while giving millions in aid for their governments to rebuild. But what did Russia do??? Well… they stayed. They took over, expelled local authorities and replaced them with pro Russian puppets. They took advantage of the horrors the Nazis committed. And took over a beaten and bloodied Europe. Just so they could grow more powerful.

    • Paul Hughes
      Paul Hughes 22 gün əvvəl

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

    • Kabir Kumar
      Kabir Kumar 22 gün əvvəl

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

    • Claudiu Popa
      Claudiu Popa 24 gün əvvəl

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

    • Roman E.
      Roman E. Ay əvvəl +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.

  • 별난펭귄
    별난펭귄 2 ay əvvəl +1431

    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 Ay əvvəl

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

    • David Cook
      David Cook Ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl

      @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 Ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl +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.

  • Jacob Nolan
    Jacob Nolan 2 ay əvvəl +237

    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 19 gün əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl +20

      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.

  • Jeremy Holland
    Jeremy Holland 2 ay əvvəl +45

    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.

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel 2 ay əvvəl +26

    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.

  • Ron Barker
    Ron Barker 2 ay əvvəl +705

    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 20 gün əvvəl +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 20 gün əvvəl +1

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

    • 80811B
      80811B 20 gün əvvəl

      @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 24 gün əvvəl +1

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

    • Metatron
      Metatron Ay əvvəl +6

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

  • Lukas Knöfler
    Lukas Knöfler 2 ay əvvəl +3328

    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 10 gün əvvəl

      Steam powered but fueled by nuclear

    • Scott Mulholland
      Scott Mulholland Ay əvvəl

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

    • wingracer 16
      wingracer 16 Ay əvvəl

      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 Ay əvvəl

      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.

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      thi tam Ay əvvəl


  • 멜론04
    멜론04 2 ay əvvəl +79

    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 Ay əvvəl +9

      @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.

    • Idek what to call this
      Idek what to call this Ay əvvəl +1

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

    • Hahaa Ha
      Hahaa Ha 2 ay əvvəl +18

      I guess they are managed by lowest bidder

  • Erik Žiak
    Erik Žiak 2 ay əvvəl +127

    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 13 gün əvvəl +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 13 gün əvvəl

      Literally for every missile fired they can make ten more

    • gmyxt555
      gmyxt555 13 gün əvvəl

      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 13 gün əvvəl

      @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 13 gün əvvəl

      @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.

  • The Viscount
    The Viscount 2 ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl

      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 Ay əvvəl

      @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 Ay əvvəl

      @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 Ay əvvəl +1

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

    • Charles Fischer
      Charles Fischer Ay əvvəl

      @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.

  • Ming Chan
    Ming Chan Ay əvvəl +7

    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.

  • SpartanGerm 212
    SpartanGerm 212 2 ay əvvəl +2858

    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 28 gün əvvəl

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

    • Thros1
      Thros1 29 gün əvvəl

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

    • ? WhiteRose
      ? WhiteRose Ay əvvəl

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

    • White Fox
      White Fox Ay əvvəl +1

      @? WhiteRose Explain it.

    • White Fox
      White Fox Ay əvvəl

      @Reez India is waving at you.

  • Zachary Schulling
    Zachary Schulling 2 ay əvvəl +192

    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 Ay əvvəl +2

      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 Ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl

      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 Ay əvvəl

      @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?

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser Ay əvvəl

      Every developed country in Europe has a strategy to do that, it's called 'total war' production, and it is also enshrined in law thanks to two great wars and the cold war.

  • Marcheenn
    Marcheenn 2 ay əvvəl +34

    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.

    • SiliconValleySky
      SiliconValleySky 6 gün əvvəl

      Yep did a LOT of mail as a USAFR Air Transportation airman. Uncountable tons of it.

    • Amped Life
      Amped Life 14 gün əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl +1

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

  • Titus
    Titus 2 ay əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl +1

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

  • dolita windo
    dolita windo Ay əvvəl +5

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

  • David
    David 2 ay əvvəl +1713

    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 Ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl

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

    • Stad122
      Stad122 Ay əvvəl

      @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 Ay əvvəl

      Thousands of voters.

    • kush astea
      kush astea Ay əvvəl +3

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

  • M. Alan Thomas II
    M. Alan Thomas II 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • wow
    wow 2 ay əvvəl +27

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

  • TimeBucks
    TimeBucks 2 ay əvvəl +639

    Logistics is crucial.

  • tildejustin
    tildejustin 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Sky Den
    Sky Den 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel 2 ay əvvəl +3

    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!!

  • Val Jamin
    Val Jamin 2 ay əvvəl +10

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

  • Levin Koch
    Levin Koch 2 gün əvvəl

    How are you doing the 3D Mapping of Geodata with Buildings (3:51)?

  • mitsumasa8
    mitsumasa8 2 ay əvvəl +530

    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 Ay əvvəl

      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 Ay əvvəl

      Same 100%

    • Nhan Dinh
      Nhan Dinh Ay əvvəl +1

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

    • tokyosmash
      tokyosmash Ay əvvəl

      @DeusVult you’re right, proud FO.

    • DeusVult
      DeusVult Ay əvvəl

      @tokyosmash pog

  • Uncle Dan
    Uncle Dan 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • A Revolving Door
    A Revolving Door 2 ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl

      @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 Ay əvvəl

      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 2 ay əvvəl +2

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

  • salamander
    salamander 6 gün əvvəl

    Greatest Military of All Time

  • Don Omar Ramiro
    Don Omar Ramiro 2 gün əvvəl

    96 hours... 4 days... A runway can turn into a 5000 people city on 4 days. A city with tanks. And ready to fight.

  • Jeroen Bouwens
    Jeroen Bouwens 2 ay əvvəl +821

    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 Ay əvvəl

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

    • Aaron Westley
      Aaron Westley Ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl +1

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

    • Aaron Westley
      Aaron Westley Ay əvvəl +2

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

    • Vincenzo Turco
      Vincenzo Turco Ay əvvəl

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

  • Snowmochi
    Snowmochi Ay əvvəl +2

    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

  • LordWaffles1357
    LordWaffles1357 Ay əvvəl +9

    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!

    • SiliconValleySky
      SiliconValleySky 6 gün əvvəl

      Port Dawgs!

    • C P
      C P Ay əvvəl +1

      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

  • centurion1945
    centurion1945 2 ay əvvəl +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)"

  • Noco
    Noco 2 ay əvvəl +5

    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.

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Jim Pad
    Jim Pad 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Ian Worcester
    Ian Worcester 2 ay əvvəl +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

  • Walker Bragg
    Walker Bragg 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Jake Bandaruk
    Jake Bandaruk 2 ay əvvəl +570

    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 Ay əvvəl


    • SantoKun
      SantoKun Ay əvvəl

      Thank you for your service 🙏

    • Saga Fish
      Saga Fish Ay əvvəl +2

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

    • William Young
      William Young Ay əvvəl +1

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

    • Chris Alden in Alaska
      Chris Alden in Alaska 2 ay əvvəl

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

  • Bryant G
    Bryant G 2 ay əvvəl +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

  • RideFreestyleOhio
    RideFreestyleOhio 2 ay əvvəl +8

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

  • jshumphress13
    jshumphress13 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • S. E. Vidrio
    S. E. Vidrio 2 ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl

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

  • Zach Whitehead
    Zach Whitehead 22 gün əvvəl +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!

  • Dave
    Dave 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • octet33
    octet33 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Navin
    Navin 2 ay əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl

      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.

  • MisterAwesome
    MisterAwesome 2 ay əvvəl +346

    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 Ay əvvəl

      And pollution….

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      giang tran Ay əvvəl


    • The Boulder takes issue with that comment
      The Boulder takes issue with that comment 2 ay əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Neill Thornton
    Neill Thornton Ay əvvəl +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.

  • geckoman1011
    geckoman1011 Ay əvvəl

    "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.

  • Donnie Reese
    Donnie Reese 2 ay əvvəl +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?

  • Steffen Spear
    Steffen Spear 2 ay əvvəl +2

    it always amazes me when Wendover is able to make ANOTHER video out of the aviation industry. It's all planes and bricks around here.

  • Rishab Gangopadhyay
    Rishab Gangopadhyay 2 ay əvvəl +2903

    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!

    • Jay
      Jay Gün əvvəl

      Like the saying goes, amateurs focus on tactics while experts focus on logistics. A lesson we learned in WW2 having to fight a world war across multiple fronts. We had no choice but to develop a global supply chain dedicated to the military. Cemented with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Having expensive ships and advanced airplanes is just the cherry on top.

    • Spyder
      Spyder 3 gün əvvəl +1

      War is 90% logistics 10% combat.

    • Kaan
      Kaan 5 gün əvvəl

      @PrograError which is happening right now. I hate to get political but the "left" is constantly pushing for division in the name of unity, and trying to create a generation that hates people based on their ideologies.

    • MackMezoo
      MackMezoo 17 gün əvvəl

      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.

    • Ginger Licious
      Ginger Licious 18 gün əvvəl

      @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.

  • John BEE
    John BEE Ay əvvəl +1

    Thanks for this. I am a retired engineer and an absolute logistics geek. Would have been an interesting career choice to have gone in to the military as this stuff I just love

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Ashante Dula
    Ashante Dula 2 ay əvvəl +1

    I work in BWI and I see these planes go out regularly. It used to be more commercial jets rotating the contract. But the contract airlines seem to handle the demand better with better commitments

  • Nyx
    Nyx 5 gün əvvəl +7

    As a current USAF airmen you sure did some good research.

  • Solanis Realms
    Solanis Realms 2 ay əvvəl +11

    I worked on a product called DRRS. A lot of the details are still covered under TS, so I can't really go into much, but DRRS was basically a logistical tool used by all branches of the service. It allowed you to see troop concentrations and effectively route troops to wherever they are needed. Whether it's Marines needed on the battlefield, or National Guard deployed for natural disasters this tool had it covered. This was over 15 years ago, so I have no idea if it's still being used today, but they had some sophisticated software 15 years ago. I imagine it's only gotten more sophisticated. If I recall the acronym stood for Defense Readiness and Reaction System.

  • The Ticklemeister
    The Ticklemeister Ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl

      We spent nearly 1 trillion yearly on military

  • SCshellback
    SCshellback 2 ay əvvəl

    As a US Merchant Marine officer (Engineer) ret. I like to look back to the many ships I sailed in support of the DOD. From the last of the troop ships in Viet Nam to a bunch of container ships that also carried ammunition, food and other supplies to 3 ammo ships. I'm proud to have sailed the world for the US ARMY and other services. God Bless Every One Of You.

  • Aaron Gerhardt
    Aaron Gerhardt 2 ay əvvəl +10

    Lived as a USAF Brat near Ramstein from '94-'00. Watching the sheer volume of planes coming in and out during the conflicts then were amazing. Knowing that Ramstein is the largest hub for logistics and DoD members and families and being a part of it for a short time, is very close to me. Great to see it on this video.

    • Stu Bur
      Stu Bur 2 ay əvvəl +2

      Might be time to move that hub Eastward. Perhaps to Chechia or Romania.

  • The Evil Genius
    The Evil Genius 2 ay əvvəl +126

    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.

  • Nooticus
    Nooticus 2 ay əvvəl +2

    This video is incredible. As someone who has 0 personal connection to the military but has always been interested in it, this is so informative. Thank u!

  • Isaiah Baker
    Isaiah Baker 2 ay əvvəl +5

    This video was so well researched and information dense I had to rewind and rewatch frequently to absorb it all. Well done 👋👋

  • Douglas Boyle
    Douglas Boyle 2 ay əvvəl

    In the late fall of 2002, my brigade (2nd BDE of the 3rd Infantry Division) deployed to Kuwait for routine peacekeeping/training operations one difference however from previous units that recently deployed there is that we didn't bring our own home station vehicles and equipment over (other than weapons) and once we got there we got one of the Pre Positioned fleets of equipment rotated into service for our use. I received an M113A1 APC built in 1974 (one year younger than I was)that had less than 20 miles on the odometer, it was BRAND NEW. While not everyone had a brand new vehicle like me they were all refurbished to be like new, all the associated equipment that came with our vehicles (tools, accessories, etc) was brand new and still packed in the cosmoline grease. We couldn't believe our fortune after years in the army having dealt with well-worn and broken equipment and tools this was amazing but then it became obvious why, by the time January rolled around, we were going to be invading Iraq and our brigade was going to be the tip of the spear. All that pre-placed equipment did its job though.

  • Miroslav Houdek
    Miroslav Houdek 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Mike Oleksa
    Mike Oleksa 2 ay əvvəl

    Dude, HUGE shout out! I was stationed at Camp Carroll, Waegwan, South Korea! It was over 30 years ago when things were completely different for military there. My unit, the 260th Military Police Co., under the 728th Military Police Batallion, doesn't even exist anymore. At least not in nearly the capacity that it did back then. We were responsible for the physical security of the entire 8th Army USFK area, which was pretty much all of South Korea.

  • O. .O
    O. .O Ay əvvəl +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.

  • A Y
    A Y 2 ay əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl +2

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

  • P Stewart
    P Stewart 2 ay əvvəl +3

    Had a Drill Sgt. once tell our class, "The US Army is the oldest corporation in the United States. If you ever try to pull the wool over her eyes, then she take out the biggest the largest "toy" in her arsenal and proceed to making you regret that so painfully." He wasn't wrong.

    • P Stewart
      P Stewart Ay əvvəl +1

      @Rob Fraser Edited, thank you for bringing that to my attention. Corporation, oldest corporation.

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser Ay əvvəl

      The US army is the oldest army in the US? Your drill sergeant sounds like a clever man.

  • Chris Alden in Alaska
    Chris Alden in Alaska 2 ay əvvəl

    When I was in a Navy Patrol Squadron back in the 1970s and we used a charter for extra aircrews and maintenance people to go deployments . We also would use a C-141 to take our tools and other supplies. Coming back we needed 2 C-141s to carry the tools, souvenirs stereos and I even remember seeing tires to return stateside.

  • David Wagenblast
    David Wagenblast 2 ay əvvəl +1

    I actually live on Ramstein AB and this is really well researched. Its funny seeing the place I live show up on your videos every time you bring up the military. Flew on the patriot express myself to get here on Atlas Air, from as you said Terminal E out of BWI. If you ever have any questions for future videos feel free to reach out, I can get you unclassed info anyways.

  • byff2323
    byff2323 2 ay əvvəl +12

    I’ve been in this business for 26 years (20 in the military and 6 as a contractor), I have to say this video was well done.

    • hakim arkam
      hakim arkam 2 ay əvvəl

      why you dont say you were criminal marcenary who was involved in killing of millions innocents people round world ,

  • morskojvolk
    morskojvolk 2 ay əvvəl +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_

  • afantasticdream
    afantasticdream 2 ay əvvəl +509

    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 Ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl +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 . 2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Jon Gonzales
    Jon Gonzales Ay əvvəl

    Very comprehensive overview of US logistical strength.
    Thank you, I enjoyed learning about this.

  • A. Grace
    A. Grace Ay əvvəl +2

    The fact that we get free videos on AZ-clip by Wendover Productions is truly a gift. 👍👍👍

  • Mark Pukey
    Mark Pukey Ay əvvəl

    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.

  • Izzy May IS ready
    Izzy May IS ready  2 ay əvvəl +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.

  • Ben
    Ben 2 ay əvvəl +2

    American force projection is genuinely amazing.

  • Just Another Human
    Just Another Human 2 ay əvvəl +3

    I remember hearing once "Soldiers win battles. Logistics win wars."

  • cjswsn
    cjswsn 2 ay əvvəl +6

    This video is so much more interesting and informative than all the DTS online trainings I’ve ever had

  • TDK
    TDK 2 ay əvvəl +2

    Nice! A video about a topic I'm directly involved in, as a Air transportation 2T2 Airman, and under Air Mobility Command. Video is well done, you've done your homework, sir!

  • Digit975
    Digit975 2 ay əvvəl +120

    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.

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      Aakash singh Ay əvvəl


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    • The All Seeing Eye
      The All Seeing Eye 2 ay əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl +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 2 ay əvvəl +5

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

  • Norman Fleming
    Norman Fleming 2 ay əvvəl

    Another excellent logistics video, as always.

  • Menti Capti
    Menti Capti 2 ay əvvəl

    I took a couple MAC flights to go on leave when I was active duty. It was the best flying experience I have ever had.

  • Chad Harris
    Chad Harris 2 ay əvvəl +1

    This is crazy. I work on the Audit for the US Transportation command. Cool to see it here. It’s very interesting and cool when u get to see behind the seems and books of this stuff.

  • Alyssa Nguyen
    Alyssa Nguyen Ay əvvəl +1

    When I went to my first command out of training, they sent me to Bahrain on Northwest & KLM. 🤷‍♀
    I racked up a lot of "frequent flyer" miles on that trip.

  • dominic
    dominic Ay əvvəl

    This really does a brilliant comparison with your video about Russian logistics earlier this year. It's the logistics clerks and maintenance engineers that so many strong man dictators ignore in favour of big guns and big tanks that matter so much in military matters.

  • 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.

  • John Michael Gonzaga
    John Michael Gonzaga 2 ay əvvəl +1

    The scale and complexity off all this is just mind-blowing.

  • RJ H
    RJ H 2 ay əvvəl +1

    I left Europe shortly after Ramstein completed their renovations and updates. It's by far the most impressive military base I've seen in person

  • Jacob Butler
    Jacob Butler 2 ay əvvəl +195

    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 Ay əvvəl

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

    • carholic1336
      carholic1336 Ay əvvəl +2

      @apo the worlds greatest shame!!!

    • apo
      apo Ay əvvəl +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 Ay əvvəl +2

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

    • apo
      apo Ay əvvəl +2

      also the world's greatest war crime force

  • ForeverAReaper
    ForeverAReaper 2 ay əvvəl +1

    4:40 well that explains when
    I fly allegiant or go to air shows at Scott, i see a bunch of cargo plans taking off and grounded. Thanks Wendover!

  • Patriot70
    Patriot70 2 ay əvvəl +5

    “Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals talk logistics.” -General Omar Bradley

  • Blair Annabel
    Blair Annabel 2 ay əvvəl

    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.