September 19, 2017

Three Weeks Until the Fall Meeting

The 2017 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting is just three short weeks away, Oct. 10-13 in St. Louis!

Today’s geopolitical landscape poses more potential challenges for defense transportation than any point in the past 25 years. Meet that challenge head-on at the Fall Meeting. Hear from top leaders in the military and private sector. Engage with experts during 70+ Transportation Academy course sessions. Interact with colleagues and peers from more than 220 government, military, private sector and academic organizations.

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Government & Military News

Here’s What Fights are Left for the Annual Defense Authorization Bill
(Military Times) Now that the Senate has passed its draft of the annual defense authorization bill, Capitol Hill staffers can begin the complicated process of trying to reconcile it with the House’s version—find out what items were left out of that upcoming conference committee work and what fights still lie ahead. READ MORE

How Solar Power Can Protect the US military from Threats to the Electric Grid
(The Conversation) Many drone used in surveillance and combat overseas are piloted by soldiers located in the US. Those pilots and their control systems depend on the American electricity grid—large, complex, interconnected and very vulnerable to attack. READ MORE

GETTING THERE: Truck Platooning Tested on Virginia, but Where’s the Hyperloop?
( Another step for the future of transportation was taken last week on Interstate 66 in Centreville as the Federal Highway Administration tested groups of three tractor-trailer platoons on the interstate as part of a four-year research project. READ MORE

From North Korea to South Africa: Do Sanctions Work?
(The Week) The UN has unanimously approved a fresh round of economic sanctions against North Korea. Critics contend that sanctions are often poorly conceived and rarely successful, while supporters argue that sanctions are becoming increasingly effective and remain an “essential foreign policy tool.” So who’s right? READ MORE

‘We Are a Service that is Too Small’: The Air Force is Under Strain and Looking at Some Major Shakeups
(Business Insider) The Air Force has over the past few years grappled with operational demands that have drained its resources and strained its personnel. In recent months, the service has been looking at personnel and administrative shakeups to streamline the way it recruits, trains, and deploys. READ MORE


Industry News

Helping Supply Chain Managers Navigate the New Ocean Cargo Marketplace
(Supply Chain Management Review) With the transformation of four primary ocean carriers into three large ocean carriers, one expert is providing advice and insights on how to leverage the new scenario. READ MORE

Self-Driving Boats: The Final Frontier?
(CBS News) Self-driving cars may not hit the road in earnest for many years—but autonomous boats could be just around the pier. READ MORE

Interview: SpiceJet Founder Rescued an Airline and Has Big Ambitions for Indian Aviation
(Skift) Unless you’re obsessed with aviation, you probably don’t know SpiceJet. But you might someday. India is a fast-growing aviation market, and SpiceJet has nearly 200 Boeing 737s on order. READ MORE

My Travel Agent Saved My Life. Really.
(Travel Weekly) In these hyperconnected times, where anything from a latte to a mortgage is available on your smartphone, it might seem extravagant to have a personal travel agent, but I disagree. A travel agent can make a huge difference—in my case, a lifesaving difference. READ MORE

Software Has a Serious Supply Chain Security Problem
(Wired) Warnings from information security pros tend to focus on trust: don’t click web links or attachments from an untrusted sender, and only install applications from a trusted source or from. But lately, devious hackers have been targeting their attacks further up the software supply chain. READ MORE


Member Highlights

APL Named ‘Ship Operator of the Year’ at Safety at Sea Awards 2017
(APL) APL was named ‘Ship Operator of the Year’ at the Safety at Sea Awards 2017 in London. The award is a recognition of APL’s safe working practices and initiatives which have demonstrably improved the work life and welfare of sea crew on board APL-operated vessels. READ MORE

InfoMail September 2017
(Senator International) Senator International shares the latest edition of its InfoMail with updates for September including air freight: peak season forecast, rail China: Terespol/Malaszewicze bottleneck, trucking: timely planning, and Qingdao: sea freight of hazardous goods. READ MORE

Atlas Air Worldwide Places 747-400 Freighter with DHL Global Forwarding
(Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.) Atlas Air Worldwide has announced the ACMI placement of a 747-400 freighter with DHL Global Forwarding, the world’s largest airfreight forwarding company and a division of the Deutsche Post DHL Group. READ MORE

Crowley Jones Act Vessels Loaded with Fuel for Hurricane Stricken Locales – Over 135 Million Gallons Ready for Discharge
(Crowley Maritime Corporation) Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that it has dispatched 18 company owned and/or operated Jones Act petroleum vessels to discharge gasoline and diesel into Florida ports in the coming few days. READ MORE

Amtrak Launches Marketing Campaign Inviting Travelers to “Break the Travel Quo”
(Amtrak) Traveling these days can be complicated with all the rules, restrictions, additional fees, and shrinking leg room, but it doesn’t have to be. Amtrak revealed today an exciting new campaign, dubbed Break the Travel Quo, that goes head-to-head against some of the most prevalent pain points of modern day travel. READ MORE


NDTA News & Events

DC Chapter Luncheon
The Washington DC Chapter will be holding its monthly luncheon Sept. 21 from 11:30am-1:15pm. The keynote speaker will be a representative of the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO). INFO

Find more chapter events on the NDTA Calendar.


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