United States Transportation Command, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, May 2, 2017   [open pdf - 430KB]

This testimony compilation is from the May 2, 2017 hearing, "United States Transportation Command," before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of John McCain: "TRANSCOM [United States Transportation Command] is more than just a functional command that moves personnel and materiel from place to place. It is a crucial asset on which our military's global power projection depends and one we must not take for granted. As General Patton once said, 'The officer who doesn't know his communications and his supply as well as his tactics is totally useless.' General McDew and his predecessors have warned Congress for years that the proliferation of anti-access/area denial capabilities pose significant challenges for our transportation and distribution networks in contested environments. Put simply, any assumption that TRANSCOM will have uncontested access to international airspace and sea lanes in a future conflict is increasingly outdated. Transport ships and aircraft can be held at risk over greater and greater distances. Our logistic networks are centered on large air and sea ports, which serve as efficient hubs, but are also vulnerable to attack." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Darren W. McDew.

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