One thing the war in Afghanistan has taught the Pentagon: even the lightest of U.S. forces — that would be the Marine Corps – relies too much on fuel to keep its generators humming to keep its lights, air conditioners and computers running.
All that fuel has to get to the leathernecks’ remote outposts somehow. That’s still dangerous in Afghanistan, where airdrops have become the delivery method of choice to sustain troops in the field (that gets costly: the full cost of a gallon of fuel in Afghanistan, including shipping, has been pegged at $400). In fact, the Marines have just indefinitely extended the use of its unmanned K-MAX chopper to continue such missions, even as the U.S. withdraws (video below).
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