5G Key to Protecting US Interests, Tariffs’ Effects on Industry, and more

Jun 6, 2019 | NDTAGram

Hurricane Season Begins: Lessons in Supply Chain Disaster Preparedness

June 1 marked the beginning of hurricane season, although for supply chains, preparations often begin well before this month. Each hurricane provides a lesson for supply chains to better prepare for the next one. Scenario mapping, inventory tracking and collaboration with industry and public sector partners are a few strategies organizations have deployed after Harvey, Maria, Sandy, Katrina and countless other devastating storms. In risk planning for hurricanes, it’s a question of when, not if. Supply Chain Dive takes a look at lessons learned each hurricane season, and how industries use experiences and data to better prepare for the next one. READ MORE

Government & Military News

How 5G is the Key to Protecting US Interests
(C4ISRNet) 5G, a network anticipated to be 100 times faster than 4G, will completely revolutionize the way we communicate and will impact everything light touches—manufacturing, traffic, trade and, of course, intelligence and national security. READ MORE

House Committee Advances $137 Billion Transportation, Housing Bill
(The Hill) The House Appropriations Committee has advanced a $137.1 billion spending bill covering transportation and housing, about $6 billion above current levels and $17.3 billion more than President Trump’s request. READ MORE

TransDigm’s Excess Profits Show Weakness in Supply Chain Management, Not Pricing Practices
(Defense News) The recent high-profile case of yet another federal contractor accused of “price gouging” the U.S. Department of Defense has led to renewed condemnation of unacceptable “waste, fraud, and abuse” in the management of taxpayer dollars. But criticism has focused too narrowly on price, profit and the tools available to government contracting officers for determining price reasonableness. READ MORE

Experts Say Washington Needs to Treat Infrastructure Funding as ‘Exigent Crisis’
(Transport Topics) There is ample room for creativity in developing solutions to fix the nation’s transportation infrastructure, but elected officials must overcome their differences and work together if they hope to succeed, experts said. READ MORE

Dunford Says the Need for Military Readiness Isn’t Over
(Federal News Network) The Defense Department spent the last three years building its readiness with increased budgets, but the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the military will need several more years on the same monetary path to stay ahead of near peer adversaries like China and Russia. READ MORE

Industry News

Despite Tariffs, Hotel Operators Double Down on China Expansion and Eye Vietnam
(CNBC) A number of hotel CEOs are saying tariffs and heightened rhetoric between officials in Washington, D.C., and Beijing have made the U.S. a less appealing destination for international travelers. READ MORE

See the 10 Best Supply Chain MBA Programs
(U.S. News & World Report) Send your career to a new level. Changes in technology have opened up new doors for potential careers in supply chain management, which focuses on maximizing the speed and minimizing the expense of delivering products to consumers. READ MORE

Sea Level Rise Could Cost U.S. Ports Between $57 Billion to $78 Billion in Upgrades
(American Journal of Transportation) A University of Rhode Island team has concluded that the top 100 US ports may need to invest between $57 billion to $78 billion to accommodate a two-meter increase in sea level rise and recent surveys indicate that some U.S. port designers are beginning to incorporate sea level rise into their planning process. READ MORE

Air Cargo Carriers Caught in Crossfire of US-China Trade War
(Transport Topics) President Donald Trump’s intensifying trade war with China dented air cargo traffic even before FedEx Corp. got dragged into the brawl, as companies worldwide reconfigure their supply chains in the face of increasing tariffs. READ MORE

New Trucking Industry Program for Reservists and Veterans
(ABC News) The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced it is accepting applications for a pilot program to permit 18-20 year olds who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce. READ MORE

Member Highlights

Atlas Air Worldwide Announces Expansion of Customer Flying
(Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.) Atlas Air Worldwide has announced the start of increased 777-200F CMI service for DHL Express, the addition of a third 747-400F for Asiana Cargo, and the beginning of a long-term, 747-400F charter program for one of the world’s largest technology companies. READ MORE

SAIC Expands Access to Emerging Technologies with Strategic Partnership
(SAIC) Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Franklin Venture Partners to broaden its access and exposure to emerging technologies developed by startup companies across the United States. Through this new alliance, SAIC will have unique investment opportunities and access to commercial technologies that may directly benefit the company or could be delivered to its government customers. READ MORE

Norfolk Southern Prepares to Roll Out TOP21 Precision Scheduled Railroading Operating Plan
(Norfolk Southern) Norfolk Southern is preparing to roll out TOP21, the railroad’s new precision scheduled railroading operating plan, to enhance customer service, increase operating efficiencies, support growth, and drive long-term shareholder value. READ MORE

BLOG: Crowley Supports Small Business Growth and Success in Transportation Management Services for U.S. Warfighters
(Crowley) A key factor in Crowley’s successful support of U.S. warfighters under the federal Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract is building successful partnerships with small businesses. By working together, Crowley and those businesses leverage and maximize transportation management services for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). READ MORE

United Airlines Makes History Flying the Most Eco-Friendly Commercial Flight of Its Kind
(United Airlines) United Airlines, a longstanding leader among all global carriers recently made history with the departure of the Flight for the Planet, the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation. READ MORE

NDTA News & Events

NDTA 75th Anniversary
We are excited to celebrate NDTA’s 75th Anniversary which will culminate with our Fall Meeting in St. Louis, 7-10 October 2019. The NDTA staff and key volunteers are working to put together a significant amount of celebratory opportunities. We’ve commissioned a piece of art which “tells the story” of NDTA’s history. It will be available at all major events. The first soft “unveiling” was held at the GovTravels Symposium and the Fall Meeting will host our official unveiling. We have also committed to publishing a 75th Anniversary Yearbook which will republish much of the editions from the 50th and 65th yearbooks—and years 66 through 75. The yearbook will be a limited publication to be primarily handed out to Fall Meeting registrants. We have thought extensively regarding the appropriate way to go about fundraising for the celebration—and have decided to ask for modest contributions. To find more information on these fundraising efforts and to make a donation, please visit: www.ndtahq.com/ndta-75th-anniversary-funds-campaign/. As we look back, we are also looking ahead to the future—continuing to educate and add value through dialog and relationship building. Thank you for all of your support!

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