November 7, 2017

Join NDTA in Supporting Toys for Tots

As always at this time of year, NDTA is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which distributes these toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in local communities. Please consider making a contribution for this worthy cause that brings the season’s joy to children in our area.

We ask that you send all new, unwrapped toys to NDTA in time to arrive by Dec. 7 at 50 South Pickett Street, Suite 220, Alexandria, VA  22304, or drop off your donation in person.

On Dec. 7, please join us at 1:00 p.m. for a reception with light refreshments and a group photo with representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps.

If you or your company would like to donate items or services for a raffle with reception attendees, please contact Patty Casidy at 703-751-5011 or


Government & Military News

Pentagon: We Want You — to Get Us Into The Cloud Much Faster
(Defense One) Swarming drones on the battlefield and sophisticated cyber attacks on our networks are obvious examples of how technology continues to transform the art of war. The Department of Defense must adapt much faster. READ MORE

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Presents Details of U.S. Drone Integration Pilot Program
(U.S. Department of Transportation) Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced further details of the Department’s new Drone Integration Pilot Program. READ MORE

GOP Tax Bill Has Transportation Advocates Scrambling
(The Hill) The GOP tax bill unveiled this week doesn’t mention President Trump’s infrastructure plan, but it contains a number of provisions that could impact the administration’s rebuilding effort. READ MORE

Officials Detail DoD Support During Unprecedented Hurricane Season
(DoD News, Defense Media Activity) This week Defense Department officials detailed for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee how DoD has supported federal, state and local officials in responding to the unprecedented series of hurricanes this year. READ MORE

COMMENTARY: In the Pentagon’s AT&L Reorg, Beware the Valley of Death
(Defense News) DOD’s reorganization of its acquisition enterprise, as directed by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, is intend to promote innovation in the department. However, by divorcing the technology development organization from the acquisition organization, the planned split runs the risk of exacerbating an existing challenge. READ MORE


Industry News

The Fat Years for U.S. Airlines Are Coming to an End
(Bloomberg) Costs are rising for the major U.S. carriers, and Wall Street is nervous. READ MORE

Trucking Industry Still Grappling with Impending ELD Mandate
(American Shipper) Sections of the long-haul and drayage trucking communities are still unprepared for implementation of the fast approaching federal mandate to install electronic logging devices (ELDs) on all commercial trucks and buses by Dec. 18, 2017. READ MORE

How Intelligent Automation Will Impact and Revitalize Global Supply Chains
(Supply Chain Digital) Automation is now reaching far beyond simple process software and mechanization. Yet some areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, which are proven enablers for new ways of optimizing the supply chain and manufacturing processes, are still not well understood. READ MORE

Mazda’s Rotary Engine to Double Range for Electric Cars
(Nikkei Asian Review) Mazda Motor plans to release electric vehicles equipped with range-extending rotary engines in the U.S. and Europe in 2019, bringing back a signature technology as it responds to tougher environmental rules in key auto markets. READ MORE

Brexit Uncertainty is Already Causing Supply Chain Problems, Says Industry Body
(Fortune) The achingly slow progress of the U.K.’s divorce talks with the European Union could already be having a serious effect on suppliers on both sides of the English Channel, an industry body has warned. READ MORE


Member Highlights

UPS Launches Cargo Bike in Canada
(UPS) UPS Canada is using a custom-made cargo bike to deliver packages in and around the York University campus, as part of a pilot program to test the potential of delivery by bike in urban settings. READ MORE

Maersk Uniquely Positioned in Trade Finance Business to Mitigate Risks
(Gulf News) Maersk Trade Finance, which operates in six countries, expects to give $200 million in trade finance till the end of 2017 from $160 million now, a business in which banks are increasingly becoming risk averse. READ MORE

Puerto Rico Relief Effort: Over 2M Lbs Delivered
(Western Global Airlines) Western Global Airlines is continuing to operate relief flights to Puerto Rico, carrying emergency supplies in huge quantities aboard its wide body MD-11 freighters. READ MORE

Echo Global Logistics Named “Green Supply Chain Partner” by Inbound Logistics
(Echo Global Logistics) Echo has been named a Green Supply Chain Partner by Inbound Logistics magazine for helping clients improve their supply chain sustainability and reduce carbon emissions. READ MORE

FedEx Anticipates Another Record Peak Holiday Shipping Season
(FedEx) FedEx expects once again to see a record number of packages traverse the company’s global network over the 2017 peak holiday shipping season. READ MORE


NDTA News & Events

DC Chapter Luncheon
The NDTA Washington DC chapter’s next luncheon will be held November 15 from 11:30am – 1:15pm in Arlington, VA. The guest speaker will be Kristin K. French, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. INFO

Find NDTA chapter events on the NDTA Calendar.


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