Lessons from the Front

Throughout its history, PS Magazine has stressed the importance of proper preventive maintenance, supply procedures and safety to keep vehicles and equipment mission-ready at all times. This was especially true when it was founded during the height of the Korean War and continued through Vietnam, the Gulf War and the decades-long conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The current war in Ukraine is providing fresh lessons learned about the importance of PMCS and other individual, unit and fleet readiness efforts. These lessons can be gleaned from other operations and locations, as well. Below, you will find links to a variety of external sources that offer insights about why it's critical for Soldiers and warfighters to "own" their vehicles and equipment and ensure they're continually combat-ready.

Why Russia's tank war stalled in Ukraine (CBS News, 3/20/22)

If you're going to drive and operate a main battle tank as a commander, and I have, then you are thinking all the time about fueling that beast. If you're not thinking about fueling that beast, then you're behind. And they appear to have not taken those basic logistical considerations and trying as they move forward.

Opinion: Gen. Petraeus: Invasion reveals a host of weaknesses in Russia's military (CNN, 3/16/22)

But beyond that, the Russians are just surprisingly unprofessional. They clearly have very poor standards when it comes to performing basic tactical tasks such as achieving combined arms operations, involving armor, infantry, engineers, artillery and mortars. They are very poor at maintaining their vehicles and weapon systems and have abandoned many of them. They are also poor at resupply and logistical tasks.

A phone relay capture may be the latest of Russia's communication woes in Ukraine (The Verge, 3/15/22)

The use of insecure, civilian-grade communications systems now seems par for the course for Russian troops operating in Ukraine. Since the invasion began, numerous reports have emerged of Ukrainian security forces intercepting messages sent between Russian military units, a feat made possible by the lack of encryption on Russian communications…Images from the conflict that were shared on social media also suggested that in some cases Russian troops were using unencrypted handheld radios for battlefield communications.

Top American generals on three key lessons learned from Ukraine (Breaking Defense, 3/11/22)

If you’re going to put an army on the move, if you’re going to conduct combat operations, if you don’t have logistics, if you don’t have gas, if you don’t have parts, if you don’t have all the ammunition, then those weapon systems become paperweights. They just sit on the side of the road and you can’t fight [with] them.