CSIS – 07 Nov. 2016
Remarks to a Workshop of the China Maritime Studies Institute
Beipanjiang Highway Bridge in Guizhou province, China (Photo by Glabb / Wikimedia Commons)
Alexander the Great is said to have declared that “logisticians are a humorless lot … they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay.” He was the one of the first strategists to understand the importance of connectivity and also to point out that there are not a lot of jokes about it. The speed and reliability of transport and other forms of communication matter greatly to economic efficiency as well as to war.