Defense Sector Weaknesses Identified, New NIST Cyber Guidelines and more

Jun 28, 2019 | NDTAGram

Shaping the Future of Defense Transportation

Today’s great power competition presents complex issues, which have increased visibility of logistical challenges to supporting our warfighters and security of our nation’s supply chain. Explore these challenges in St. Louis, Oct. 7-10. The 2019 Fall Meeting, co-sponsored by NDTA and U.S. Transportation Command, is the premier forum for professionals in defense transportation, logistics, supply chain management and distribution.

Hear perspectives from speakers at the highest levels of government and industry. Interact with experts during 65+ Transportation Academy course sessions. Meet with colleagues and peers at the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel. Don’t miss your chance to learn about – and shape – defense transportation’s future. Register today to save $100. Early bird pricing ends July 19.  

Government & Military News

Here are the Biggest Weaknesses in America’s Defense Sector
(Defense News) An annual report from the Pentagon is detailing the greatest risks to the defense industrial sector, underlining that while the overall defense industry continues to bring in massive profits, not all is well among the suppliers of key components that, while small pieces of larger systems, could impact America’s ability to wage war. READ MORE

Senate Backs Massive Defense Bill, Targets China, Sets Iran Vote
(Reuters) The U.S. Senate has passed a $750-billion defense policy bill with provisions that target China on issues from technology transfers to the sale of synthetic opioids, pushing to counter growing Chinese influence around the world. READ MORE

At USMMA Graduation, Peter Navarro States Preference on Cargo Rules
(Newsday) A top White House trade official said at the recent U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduation ceremony that he favors requiring that all U.S. government cargo be carried on U.S.-flag ships. READ MORE OR WATCH VIDEO

We’re Not Playing Acquisition Pac-Man Anymore
(Defense One) Today’s defense acquisition officials have freedom of movement akin to an open-world game. They need to use it. READ MORE

Autonomous Transportation Technologies Touted by Senators
(Transport Topics) Trucks and cars equipped with automated features have the potential to enhance safety along the country’s freight and commuter corridors, facilitate the movement of freight and provide access to mobility for disabled individuals, members of the Senate Commerce Committee said recently. READ MORE

Industry News

NIST Issues New Cyber Guidelines for Contractors
(Defense Systems) The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued draft security guidance to help contractors working with high-value assets protect the unclassified (but still sensitive) government data that resides on their networks against advanced persistent threats and other attacks. READ MORE

FAA Orders U.S. Airlines to Bypass Iranian Airspace After Drone Shot Down
(NPR) The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order early Friday prohibiting U.S. airlines from flying through a specific part of Iranian airspace, citing an “inadvertent risk” to civilian airplanes after Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone. READ MORE

These Giant Cranes Show Why the Next Fight in the U.S.-China Trade War Could Be So Damaging
(Washington Post) Perched in the cab of a crane roughly 15 stories above the ground, Bobby Rascoe toggled a black joystick and zoomed out over the Elizabeth River and the East Coast’s third-largest port. These towering Chinese cranes are the only models that can reach far enough and high enough to handle the world’s largest seagoing cargo carriers. READ MORE

Is Silicon Valley Going After America’s Truck Drivers?
(Forbes) No matter where you live, there’s one region that impacts everyone: Silicon Valley. The businesses in the area have a major influence on everything from social media to ride sharing and now trucking, too. READ MORE

Digital Twins Could Considerably Improve Logistics Ops
(Fleet Owner) The concept and rise of digital twins can create value in logistics, according to a new DHL trend report. A digital twin is a unique, virtual representation of a physical thing that monitors and simulates both the physical state and behavior of the thing. READ MORE

Member Highlights

New Indianapolis “Super Hub” Now Supercharged For UPS Customers
(UPS) UPS has announced the official opening of its new 893,000 square foot Plainfield, Indiana package sortation and distribution center. Operating at full capacity, customers are receiving all of the benefits from the facility’s increased speed, efficiency and dynamic routing technology. READ MORE

Enterprise Holdings: How Collaboration Is Fueling Growth of Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
(Enterprise Holdings) Existing transportation networks, supported by the power of industry collaboration, will drive the future of Mobility as a Service (MaaS). That is the key message delivered by Enterprise Holdings – which manages the world’s largest and most diverse privately-owned fleet – at last week’s Joint Annual Meeting of the ITE Midwestern District (MWITE) and Missouri Valley Section (MOVITE). READ MORE

Under Pressure: The Benefits of TPMS
(Landstar) The FMCSA cites poorly maintained tire pressure as one of the top 10 potentially fatal risks involved with operating a commercial motor vehicle. To increase safety and security on the road, Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs) are turning to technology to monitor their truck and trailer tire pressure while on the go. READ MORE

Panalpina’s African Star Shines Yet Again
(Panalpina) A scheduled shutdown of a deep-water oil platform is no small undertaking. For one Panalpina customer, their entire maintenance plan would have been derailed if not for Panalpina’s innovative African Star solution for transporting large shipments from the U.S. to Angola expeditiously. READ MORE

Air Charters Provide Fast Relief to Automotive Production Line Shortages
(AmeriJet) When supply chain disruptions occur and automotive-related freight can’t wait, air freight charters are a growing alternative to truck or ocean shipping. Air charters on widebody B767 freighters are a customized air cargo solution ensuring the shipment departs and arrives based on customer needs. 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: 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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