Supporting Our National Military Objectives

April 30-May 2, 2019

Christopher Newport University • Newport News, VA


Coming next April – May 2020
Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA

Thank you for all who attended the

2019 Conference on America’s Ports!

NDTA and Christopher Newport University’s (CNU) Center for American Studies co-hosted a Conference on America’s Ports, in association with the US Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), and US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), 30 April-2 May 2019 on the campus of CNU in Newport News, Virginia. VADM William A. Brown, USN (Ret), NDTA President and CEO said “the re-establishment of the Ports Sub-Committee of the NDTA Surface Committee at the request of MG Stephen Farmen of SDDC last year, offered the opportunity to highlight the importance of our nation’s Strategic Ports. These ports and alternate ports will provide the “platform” through which our forces will project power in time of conflict or contingency. We must highlight their importance and improve their readiness and capability for maximum efficient throughput. This conference was a team effort with all modes of transportation represented as well as MARAD, SDDC, USTRANSCOM and AAPA—all under the auspices of CNU’s Center for American Studies and NDTA.” We are already developing our next Ports Conference in Spring 2020, while we also begin working the issues discussed at the conference.  It would not have been possible without all who participated, sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers.  VADM Brown closed with “the men and women of SDDC and industry partners who, at the railheads and along the rails and highways, make our nation capable of projecting our Army and Marine Corps.”


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