Functional Committee Descriptions & Accomplishments

NDTA includes six functional committees: Military Airlift Advisory, Military Sealift, Surface Transportation, Military Distribution, Passenger Travel Services, and a newly refocused Cybersecurity Best Practices. Committees are chaired by a senior industry leader, supported by a senior government liaison, and operate under their own charters. Committee members include executives from NDTA corporate membership, participants from U.S. Transportation Command, its component commands, and other government agencies. Committees meet at least twice per year to address operational and policy issues of mutual interest, give the government a window into industry processes, and provide industry a voice in government policy development. Each is charged with examining and recommending solutions on critical government, military, and industry issues in their respective fields.

Military Aviation Advisory Committee

The United States national airlift capability relies on both military and commercial air carrier resources, thus NDTA offers the expertise of Association members to enhance the civil/military partnership. Past accomplishments and on-going actions include:

  • Developed parameters for the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program
  • Developed National Airlift Policy in coordination with DOD; signed by the President of the United States, 1987
  • Recommended ways to economically modify commercial aircraft to move military cargo
  • Completed a study on CRAF activation after Desert Shield/Desert Storm
  • Assisted Air Mobility command in solving issues resulting from CRAF activation
  • Started work to solve AERO Medical Evacuation shortfall
  • Participated in a study on the future of the CRAF program
  • Developed recommendations to incentivize carriers to participate in the CRAF program
  • Provided ideas on ways to ensure the viability of the GSA City Pairs program
  • Conducted best practices review of air cargo loading and stowage procedures.
Military Sealift Committee

Likewise, U.S. national sealift is dependent on maritime resources from the military and private sector, which are interdependent partners in achieving national maritime goals. This committee dedicates deep NDTA expertise to facilitate inquiry and dialogue. Past accomplishments and on-going actions include:

  • Established coalition between ship operators, ship builders; and labor unions to discuss ways to rebuild the US Merchant Marine
  • Supported and provided input to the National Security Sealift Policy: signed by the President, 1989
  • Completed quick reaction study on activation of Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ships during Desert Shield/Storm; provided recommendations to USTRANSCOM
  • Completed RRF Sizing Study for Commander, USTRANSCOM
  • Developed the voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) in conjunction with DOD, USTRANSCOM, and MARAD
  • Developed a set of guiding principles for lay-up of RRF ships
  • Published white papers on the Maritime Security Program, Security and Tonnage Tax, and Commercial and Military fleet mix
Surface Transportation Committee

Commercial motor carriers and the rail industry move thousands of tons of DOD cargo every day in peacetime, and are absolutely vital to the Department of Defense’s ability to mobilize in times of crisis or national emergency.  This committee facilitates communication in an ongoing partnership that fulfills mission requirements in peace and war while mindful of day-to-day commercial economic realities.  Past accomplishments include:

  • Improved the payment processes for truck and rail carriers
  • Identified improvements for Intermodal Unit Moves
  • Implemented processes to standardize quality across the modes
  • Conducted port readiness reviews
  • Conducted pilot program to improve transportation security — DBIDS (Defense Biometric Identification system)
  • Safety — led efforts to eliminate the 100 mile rule for AA&E shipments
  • Provided industry input/concerns to SDDC regarding a revised fuel surcharge policy
  • Provided forum for industry to express views on the DTCI
  • Identified “Safe Havens” for AA&E shipments in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster
  • Facilitated Motor Carrier Installation Access working group with OSD and industry
Military Distribution Committee

To ensure the integrity of DOD’s end-to-end supply chain, U.S. Transportation Command exists as the single Distribution Process Owner (DPO) for the department. This committee is the catalyst for ideas and information on commercial practices to advise USTRANSCOM and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) how to improve the supply chain. Past accomplishments and ongoing actions include:

  • Facilitated knowledge sharing between industry and USTRANSCOM on IT Portfolio management, metrics, and supply chain visibility
  • Advanced knowledge and science of end-to-end supply chain management through seminars and discussions groups
  • Fostered strategic communications between industry sectors to enhance defense distribution system — shared industry practices
  • Provided objective feedback to USTRANSCOM on changes to the Defense Supply chain and alignment with industry practices; end-to-end contracts; single billing procedures
  • Published white papers for On-Demand Distribution Facilities; and RFID
  • Examined DLA warehousing practices and provided solutions that resulted in $13M in savings
Passenger Travel Services Committee

NDTA is firmly committed to the companies and government agencies that provide our nation’s government passenger travel and services. This committee acts as a trusted facilitator between government and industry decision makers, bridges information gaps, and encourages education to improve programs, trends, policies and other industry challenges facing the government traveler and the travel industry. Selected accomplishments and on-going actions include:

  • Led efforts to develop and implement the DOD Rental Car program
  • Chaired the GSA per diem working group
  • Developed and proposed a GSA fleet management schedule for rental cars
  • Provided industry feedback on the Defense Travel System
  • Provided airline industry views and concerns on the GSA City Pairs Program – ongoing effort to educate the government on key aspects for the program and its impacts on private industry
  • Conducted seminars and sessions to educate government travelers on new hotel and extended stay programs
  • Facilitated work shops across the public and private sectors to share knowledge on travel related technology; industry e-business practices and to enhance communications
  • Developed a white paper on fleet leasing programs for the government
Cybersecurity Best Practices Committee

Originally established to examine physical security in the post-9/11 world, the newly refocused Cybersecurity Best Practices Committee provides a forum for inquiry and understanding of the raft of new cybersecurity policies and requirements being implemented in the transportation and supply chain sector. Past accomplishments include:

  • Initiated sessions to educate the transportation industry on subjects of importance to DOD/DHS
  • Facilitated the sharing of knowledge between industry, government, and the military on security best practices
  • Advanced the knowledge and science of security and technology through table top exercises
  • Facilitated the interdepartmental exchange of personnel/training/schooling
  • Serves as TSA “window” to the transportation industry to obtain objective feedback on proposed policies, rules, and regulations
  • Championed need for DBIDS/TWIC interoperability; and the DOD model for “jointness” within the Department of Homeland Security
  • Published a white paper on Transportation Security and the War against Terrorism Participated with government agencies in the development of Intellipedia
  • Participated with government agencies in identifying and providing a framework for developing plans for the security of the nation’s 13 critical infrastructures and our national monuments/icons
  • Currently helping to define specific implementation requirements for IT systems for companies doing business with the government

Committee Chairs

Military Aviation Advisory Committee

Randy Martinez, Consultant, AAR Corp.

Military Sealift Committee

James L. Henry, President, Transportation Institute

Surface Transportation Committee

John Collins, EVP, Government Services, Landstar Transportation Logistics, Inc.

Military Distribution Committee

Mark Young, Senior VP Strategy & Chief of Staff,
Agility Defense & Government Services

Passenger Travel Services Committee

Tina Grace, Senior Director Marketing, SAP Concur

Cybersecurity Best Practices Committee

Ted Rybeck, Chairman and CEO Benchmarking Partners, Inc.
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