Military Logistic Quotes

“The war has been variously termed a war of production and a war of machines. Whatever else it is, so far as the United States is concerned, it is a war of logistics.” Fleet ADM Ernest J. King, in a 1946 report to the Secretary of the Navy

"… in its relationship to strategy, logistics assumes the character of a dynamic force, without which the strategic conception is simply a paper plan." CDR C. Theo Vogelsang, USN

"The essence of flexibility is in the mind of the commander; the substance of flexibility is in logistics." RADM Henry Eccles, U.S. Navy

"Forget logistics, you lose." Lt. Gen. Fredrick Franks, USA, 7th Corps Commander, Desert Storm

"The tactics...no, amateurs discuss tactics,.... Professional soldiers study logistics." Tom Clancy

"Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics." Gen. Robert H. Barrow, USMC (Commandant of the Marine Corps) noted in 1980

“Behind every great leader there was an even greater logistician.” - M. Cox

"I am tempted to make a slightly exaggerated statement: that logistics is all of war-making, except shooting the guns, releasing the bombs, and firing the torpedoes." ADM Lynde D. McCormick, USN

"You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics." General Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Leaders win through logistics. Vision, sure. Strategy, yes. But when you go to war, you need to have both toilet paper and bullets at the right place at the right time. In other words, you must win through superior logistics.” Tom Peters

“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics…” Sun Tzu

"Clearly, logistics is the hard part of fighting a war." Lt. Gen. E. T. Cook, USMC, November 1990

"Logistics is the ball and chain of armored warfare."Heinz Guderian

"Know when to email vs. when to meet. Logistics are best handled over a non-immediate communication channel like email or Asana tasks. Detailed status meetings will suck the life out of your day." Justin Rosenstein

"Gentlemen, the officer who doesn't know his communications and supply as well as his tactics is totally useless." Gen. George S. Patton, USA

"I don't know what the hell this 'logistics' is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it." Admiral E. J. King

"Bitter experience in war has taught the maxim that the art of war is the art of the logistically feasible." ADM Hyman Rickover, USN

“My logisticians are a humorless lot … they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay.” Alexander the Great