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THE NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION (NDTA) is a non-political, non-profit educational association of government, military, and industry professionals dedicated to fostering a strong and efficient global transportation and distribution system in support of national security. NDTA promotes exchange on current matters of transportation, travel, distribution, logistics and security, allowing for knowledge sharing in a non-partisan, fair, and objective environment. Over 9,000 members around the world participate, and are able to discuss critical issues openly in a professional atmosphere consistent with the principles of government ethics and without commercial trade constraints. Results are shared with various interested parties. NDTA is a tax exempt organization, fully recognized federally by the Internal Revenue Service.

VISION To be the world’s leading professional association for individuals working in the global transportation/distribution system and related industries so that we may maximize our contribution to the national security and economic growth of the United States.

MISSION To foster a strong and efficient global transportation and distribution system in support of the economy and national security of the United States by:

  • Advancing the knowledge and science of transportation/distribution within government and industry
  • Facilitating knowledge sharing of transportation/distribution between government and industry
  • Educating members on important issues affecting global transportation/distribution


    • Integrity We conduct ourselves in an open, honest, and ethical manner
    • Teamwork We maximize our collective talents through teamwork and partnerships based on mutual trust, fairness, respect, cooperation and communication
    • Service We pursue excellence in our endeavors. We take pride in our work. We anticipate and respond to member and partner needs by providing quality products and services
    • Action We will listen well, consider the ideas of others, seek counsel and then act decisively. Relentlessly press for action to resolve issues or to reach solutions.
    • Diversity We value our members, employees, and supporters, their capabilities and differences, and the unique contributions that each brings to our organization


    • Foster safety, improvements and change in transportation, distribution, logistics, travel, & security processes or systems
    • Create and foster strategic communication among military, government, academia, labor and the private sector to enhance the primary missions of the Departments of Defense, Transportation and Homeland Security (DOD), (DOT), (DHS)
    • Create value for our members
    • Strengthen and expand the Association
    • Ensure a motivated and trained staff with excellent equipment and facilities

    NDTA – The Association for Global Logistics and Transportation
    50 South Pickett Street, Suite 220
    Alexandria, VA 22304-7296
    703-751-5011 l Fax: 703-823-8761


    • Board of Directors - Industry Members and Senior Government Liaison Representatives: Commander, US Transportation Command; Director, Defense Logistics Agency; Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Transportation Policy; DTMO; Administrator, Transportation Security Administration; J-4, OJCS; and the Department of Transportation
    • Six National Committees:
      Military Aviation Advisory Air Mobility Command (AMC)
      Military Sealift Military Sealift Command (MSC)
      Surface Transportation Surface Deployment & Distribution Command (SDDC)
      Passenger Travel Services Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO)
      Security Best Practices Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
      Military Distribution Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
    • Over Sixty Chapters in the United States and Overseas (Europe, Asia and the Pacific)

    MEMBERSHIP Over 9,000 Individual Members and over 250 Corporate Members

    Individual Members
    Military Government civilian executives and managers
    Students Industry executives, managers and operations personnel

    Corporate Members
    Airlines Transportation Consultants Railroads Security
    Motor Carriers Travel Agencies Express Companies Technology
    Ocean Carriers Car Rental Companies Household Goods Carriers Labor Unions
    Port Authorities Hotel/Lodging Properties Manufacturers 3 PL

    Achievements at National Level in coordination with DOD components: (not all inclusive)

    Military Aviation Advisory Committee:

    • Developed parameters for the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) Program
    • Developed National Airlift Policy in coordination with DOD; signed by the President, 1987
    • Completed a study on the supply and demand for pilots, 1989-2000
    • Completed a study on CRAF activation after Desert Shield/Desert Storm
    • Assisted Air Mobility Command in solving issues resulting from CRAF activation
    • Worked to achieve an assured business plan for the CRAF carriers.
    • Recommended appropriate mix of military and CRAF aircraft to meet DOD requirements
    • In coordination with USTRANSCOM, established an EWG to revise the CRAF Program
    • Commented on Flight Duty/Rest Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM)
    • Advised Commander, AMC on industry best practices to achieve efficiencies

    Military Sealift Committee:

    • 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 MSC and TRANSCOM
    • Completed RRF Sizing Study for Commander, USTRANSCOM
    • Developed the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) in conjunction with DOD, USTRANSCOM and Maritime Administration (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; Commercial and Military fleet mix
    • Completed and Published OEF/OIF Lessons Learned
    • Identified industry participants for USC-07 contract issues discussion
    • Facilitated industry/government discussions/actions on piracy
    • Championed the Commercial First Policy and the MSP (Maritime Security Program)

    Surface Committee:

    • Improved the payment processes for truck and rail carriers
    • Conducted port -readiness reviews
    • Conducted pilot program using Defense Biometric Identification System DBIDS) to improve transport security
    • Facilitated industry/government discussions on transitioning from tenders to FAR based contracts.
    • Provided industry input/concerns to SDDC for revised fuel surcharge policy
    • Provided forum for industry to express views on the Defense Transportation Coordination Initiative
    • Established working group to provide comments on the Unified Rules Publication
    • Commented on Hours of Service Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM)
    • Provided forum for discussing current issues - - technology, infrastructure, installation access, Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA)
    • Conducted study to identify and recommend improvements to “safe haven” locations

    Security Best Practices Committee:

    • Initiated sessions to educate the Transportation Industry on subjects important to DOD/DHS
    • Facilitated knowledge sharing between industry, government, and 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 Industry to obtain objective feedback on proposed policies, rules and laws
    • Championed need for DBIDS/TWIC interoperability; and DOD model for “jointness” within DHS
    • Facilitated sharing of knowledge for response to National Disasters

    Military Distribution Committee:

    • 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 discussion groups
    • Fosters 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: On Demand Distribution Facilities and Radio Frequency Identification

    Passenger Travel Services Committee:

    • Led efforts to develop and implement the DOD Rental car program
    • Chaired the General Services Administration (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 perspective on the GSA City Pairs program—an ongoing effort to educate the government on key program aspects impacting the industry
    • Conducted sessions to educate the government traveler on 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
    • Led efforts to revise the government/industry rental car agreements

    NDTA Activities at the Chapter level

    • Refocus on emergency preparedness planning with local communities and American Red Cross
    • Financial support to college students and high school graduates; awarding $100,000/year
    • Coordination with other organizations/agencies/professionals to promote observance of National Transportation Week and National Defense Transportation Day
    • Provide professional development opportunities through Speaker programs, on site visits to observe/tour industry and military transportation and distribution operating facilities
    • Mentoring programs for young professionals (Young Leaders Program) to learn from industry and government leaders
    • Provide networking opportunities to strengthen and build relationships
    • Provide opportunity to make a difference through leadership and community involvement programs