Cyber Declarations of War, Possible Jones Act Waiver, and more

Apr 25, 2019 | NDTAGram

Fall Meeting 2019 Headliners Announced

Registration is open for the seventh annual National Defense Transportation Association and US Transportation Command co-sponsored Fall Meeting, scheduled for October 7-10, 2019, at St. Louis Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri. This year’s theme is Fostering Partnerships to Preserve Peace and Prevail in Conflict…Then, Now, and Tomorrow.

As the theme suggests, we’ll look closely at the vital relationships between the Industry and Government to ensure the success of the warfighter and the Nation’s logistics enterprise. We are very pleased to welcome senior leaders in our military, government and private sector to discuss what the future holds in the world of transportation and logistics. Specifically, we have confirmed Secretary Elaine L. Chao, US Secretary of Transportation; General Stephen Lyons, Commander, United States Transportation Command; Eric Ebeling, President & CEO at American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier; and Tim Mullaly, FedEx Chief Economist.

The Fall Meeting is THE forum to foster our critical public and private partnership in defense transportation through frank discussion about new challenges, technologies and best practices. For more information visit NDTA’s updated webpage at


Government & Military News

Unique Combat Assets in the Reserve May Mean a Force Restructure for the Entire Army, Chief Says
(Army Times) Serious questions have arisen at top Army offices as to whether the current makeup of the active and Reserve sides of the Army creates “strategic risk” in that near-peer fight. READ MORE

Aging Sealift Fleet Is Achilles Heel of Pentagon War Plans
(Forbes) The military faces a big operational challenge that few policymakers or politicians are even aware of: its ability to get to the fight is wasting away. READ MORE

Cyber Declarations of War
(RealClearDefense) In today’s increasingly digitally-interconnected world, the answer as to what constitutes an act of war are as important as they are unclear, and a miscalculation may just result in a response neither side truly wants – war. READ MORE

Ex-DOD Official Offers Path to Boost Defense-Industrial Cooperation With US Allies
(Defense News) A former Pentagon acquisitions official has recommended to Congress a series of legal and regulatory changes to ease defense-industrial cooperation between America and its closest allies, including a stronger waiver for US defense-export controls. READ MORE

Time to Fast-Track Infrastructure Legislation
(The Hill) The pace of worldwide commerce is non-stop and to meet the requirements of international trade, a well-maintained infrastructure is paramount. READ MORE


Industry News

Jones Act Waiver Hint Rattles US Maritime Industry
(American Shipper) American maritime industry interests have expressed concerns over news reports that President Donald Trump is considering granting Puerto Rico a waiver to the requirement to use US-flag vessels to transport liquified natural gas from US ports to the island. READ MORE

A Look at Global Risks to Supply Chain
(Material Handling & Logistics) As changes in the global landscape occur, supply chains will have to adapt. A new analysis by BSI has identified five major themes that are most likely to impact the supply chain in 2019. READ MORE

Western State Utilities to Look at Installing Truck Charging Stations Along I-5 Corridor
(Freight Waves) The biggest utilities along the West Coast are taking the first step in electrifying one of the busiest freight lanes in the US. READ MORE

Adapt or Die: Railroads Must Embrace Advanced Technologies
(Railway Age) Advancements in the logistics industry over the past ten years have been vast. Unfortunately, rail has not seen advancement at the same pace, leaving shippers with the perception that rail carriers are behind the times. READ MORE

FAA Certifies Google’s Wing Drone Delivery Company to Operate as an Airline
(NPR) The Federal Aviation Administration has certified Alphabet’s Wing Aviation to operate as an airline, in a first for US drone delivery companies. Wing, which began as a Google X project, has been testing its autonomous drones in southwest Virginia and elsewhere. READ MORE

Member Highlights

Military Readiness Through AI
(Deloitte) Today’s military forces need more than ammunition to win battles. When evaluating resources, leaders need to leverage the latest technology tools—artificial intelligence and digital information—to make the best decisions first. READ MORE

Bolloré Clicks with CargoWise for New Digital Solution
(Air Cargo News) Bolloré Logistics plans to continue its digital drive by rolling out a new platform across its global network. READ MORE

ArcBest CEO Named Women in Trucking’s Distinguished Woman in Logistics
(Freight Waves) Women In Trucking Association (WIT) named Judy R. McReynolds, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ArcBest, the winner of the fifth annual Women In Trucking Association’s Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award (DWLA). The announcement was made during the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) 2019 “Capital Ideas” Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month. READ MORE

FedEx CIO: It’s Time to Mandate Blockchain for International Shipping
(ComputerWorld) With governments calling on manufacturers and shipping companies to more closely guard their chain of custody as parts and products move between borders, FedEx sees a single, standardized ledger as common sense. READ MORE

Priceless Support: The Benefits of Landstar’s M.U.S.T. Program
(Landstar) “Priceless,” is how Landstar Agent Michael Black describes the benefits of the Mutual Understanding of Safety Together or M.U.S.T. program. Landstar’s unique, shipper-specific safety program delivered valuable financial and safety support for Black’s top customer. READ MORE

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