February 1, 2019 

         

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Registration is still open for GovTravels—the only event where decision makers from government and industry gather to meet, learn and collaborate on common travel issues. Find more information and register today at  www.ndtahq.com/events/gov-travels/.

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Government & Military News

Cyberattack Fears on the Rise After Shutdown, Intel Testimony
(The Hill) Lawmakers fear that increased threats from foreign actors, combined with lingering effects from the government shutdown, are making the US more susceptible to cyberattacks. READ MORE
 
Trump Optimistic on Trade Deal with China, But May Keep Tariffs Anyway
(The New York Times) President Trump has expressed optimism about reaching a landmark trade deal with China, but said in an interview that he would consider leaving in place some tariffs on Chinese goods even if the two sides strike an agreement. READ MORE
 
Here’s Why You’re Paying More for Official Lodging at Many Installations
(Military Times) As defense officials continue to look for more money to shift to “higher priority” military programs, many travelers staying in official lodging are seeing an increase in room rates. READ MORE
 
Is an Automatic CR the Answer to Government Shutdowns?
(Federal News Network) Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have all recently proposed bills that would institute an automatic CR in the event of another appropriations lapse. But just what do these bills do, and do they have a chance? READ MORE
 
‘Eurodrone’ Makers Considering US Tech for Crucial Collision-Avoidance Feature
(Defense News) A study commissioned by the German government recommends considering US technology in a quest to make the military “Eurodrone” safe to fly alongside civilian airliners, the Defence Ministry told lawmakers. READ MORE

Industry News

Securing Your Supply Chain: Where is the Weakest Link?
(Forbes) Like a physical chain, a supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If you don’t manage it holistically, the cybersecurity of every organization within the chain could be at risk because of one member. READ MORE
 
Fleets Prepare Drivers for Extreme Cold
(Transport Topics) Hear how trucking groups prepared their drivers for the polar vortex gripping the Midwest with tips on operations and safety. READ MORE
 
Shipping Companies Decry Proposal to Limit Biggest Vessels
(Houston Chronicle) Representatives for container shipping companies and trucking companies pushed back against a proposal to restrict the number of 1,100-foot-plus container vessels that call on Houston, saying this would hurt the entire shipping and logistics supply chain. READ MORE
 
REPORT: Local Transportation Policy and Economic Opportunity
(Brookings Institute) Congestion remains a serious problem that limits the quality of multiple modes of transportation. These patterns point to opportunities for policymakers to help improve the reliability, effectiveness, and accessibility of transportation infrastructure. READ MORE
 
Droids Would Raise Air Cargo Efficiency
(Freight Waves) Robotic loading systems at air cargo warehouses could move a step closer this summer with the introduction of a robotic car parking system at London’s Gatwick Airport in August. READ MORE
 

Member Highlights

ARC Discharges Army Unit and Army Aviation Unit in Belgium for Operation Atlantic Resolve
(ARC) American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) Group’s M/V Resolve discharged hundreds of pieces of military rolling stock, including tanks, Paladins, and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at the port of Antwerp. READ MORE  Meanwhile, the company’s M/V Endurance discharged the company’s largest military move ever by volume – 270,000 square feet of car go – from the American-flag fleet’s largest ro/ro vessel at the port of Zeebrugge in support of the Operation. READ MORE
 
What is Happening in the UK? Brexit Update
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) Following parliament’s emphatic reject of the Withdrawal Agreement on Tuesday 15th January 2019, Westminster has been busy considering the Prime Minister’s Statement on the 21st January 2019 which sets out the steps towards a plan B. Crane Worldwide provide insights into this complex story. READ MORE
 
Tarek Sultan at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019
(Agility) Highly leveraged emerging market economies are feeling the pinch from growing protectionism and tightening monetary conditions in the United States. Are policy-makers equipped to avert a hard economic landing? READ MORE
 
UPS Packaging Design and Testing Enables Launch of First-Of-Its-Kind Reusable Consumer Packaging Solution
(UPS) UPS has joined the coalition of the world’s largest consumer product companies and international recycling leader TerraCycle to unveil an innovative new reusable and returnable system for managing consumer product packaging. READ MORE
 
AAR and Lake Superior College Expand Partnership to Enhance Aviation Maintenance Program and Offer Clear Career Pathway for Students
(AAR CORP.) AAR and Lake Superior College have announce the expansion of their partnership to further enhance instruction and career prospects for students enrolled in the aviation maintenance technician program at the college’s Center for Advanced Aviation. READ MORE
 

NDTA News & Events

NDTA and CNU’s Conference on America’s Ports
Save the date as the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies jointly present the Conference on America’s Ports: Supporting Our National Military Objectives, at Christopher Newport University, April 30-May 2, 2019.

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