By virtually every measure—military power and reach, economic might, humanitarian assistance and science and technology—the United States remains today the world’s sole superpower. One area where this country has a significant advantage over any other nation, particularly potential adversaries, is in logistics. The real secret to the Defense Department’s global ability to move, supply, and support modern military forces rests in the support it receives from private sector cargo shippers. There are a handful of U.S.-based shipping companies that provide the nation with critical logistics capabilities. One of these is American President Lines (APL), the U.S. subsidiary of the global transportation giant CMA CGM. Another is Crowley Maritime. I have written more about the importance of private transportation/logistic s companies to U.S. national security here.
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