OSD Cybersecurity Maturity Model, FEMA Pre-Positioning for Hurricane, & more news

Aug 30, 2019 | NDTAGram

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Government & Military News

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification
(OUSD(A&S)) Recognizing that security is foundational to acquisition, OUSD(A&S) is working with DOD stakeholders, University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC), and industry to develop the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). READ MORE

Lawmakers Expect a Stopgap Spending Measure to Avoid an October Shutdown
(Defense One) Despite a budget deal signed into law by President Trump this summer, agencies probably won’t receive new appropriations by the start of the 2020 fiscal year. With current funding set to lapse on Oct. 1, lawmakers appear resigned to pass a continuing resolution to give themselves more time to iron out the details of line-by-line appropriations bills. READ MORE

USDA Quantifies Impact of Aging Inland Waterways Infrastructure
(Maritime Executive) The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a study that quantifies the cost-savings and competitive advantages that would accrue from investing in long-delayed improvements to inland waterways locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois River system. READ MORE

US Cyberattack Took Out Iran’s Ability to Target Oil Tankers: Report
(The Hill) A cyberattack carried out by US Cyber Command against Iran in June severely impacted a database used by Iran to target oil tankers, The New York Times reported this week. READ MORE

Could Chip-Sized Atomic Clocks Replace GPS?
(C4ISRNet) Extremely small atomic clocks could hold the key for alternative timing data in GPS-denied environments, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said they’re making progress in creating highly accurate prototypes. READ MORE

Industry News

Freight Brokers: FEMA Pre-Positioning for Hurricane Dorian has Begun
(Freight Waves) Freight brokers are reporting that disaster relief freight—mostly truckloads of bottled water at this point—is already being tendered as of Wednesday evening, August 28. READ MORE

Is It Prime Time for Predictive Technology in MRO?
(Supply Chain Dive) The past few years have seen growing adoption of predictive analytics within the supply chain, but maintenance, repair and operations may not be the right place just yet. READ MORE

New Cadre of Experts to Overhaul DOD’s Intellectual Property Policies
(Federal News Network) The Pentagon will soon stand up a new office within its acquisition bureaucracy to bring more rigor and consistency to how it handles intellectual property in its contract negotiations with vendors. READ MORE

How Airlines and Airports Use Your Data, From Security to the Flight Itself
(Condé Nast Traveler) Since opening, Singapore Changi International Airport’s Terminal 4 has stood apart from the rest of the award-winning airport’s terminals—not only because of its food emporium, Peranakan-inspired shophouse facades, and boulevard of 160 fig trees, but also because of its “self-service system,” where passengers can move through the check-in, bag drop, immigration, and boarding processes typically without interacting with a single human. READ MORE

Retailers, Private Fleets Expand Delivery Options to Keep Pace with E-Commerce Demand
(Transport Topics) The inexorable growth of e-commerce and rising consumer expectations are quickly elevating the cost and complexity of final-­mile delivery. To remain competitive in this time of rapid change, retailers and fleets are rethinking their distribution networks, implementing innovative delivery strategies and expanding their use of technology. READ MORE

Member Highlights

MM&P Sponsors Study on Responsibility for Shipboard Safety
(International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots) The International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, in conjunction with Dalhousie University of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has conducted a study on the complex issues underlying the topic of responsibility for shipboard safety. READ MORE

Discount for Military Veterans Now Available for Travel on Amtrak
(Amtrak) Amtrak is offering customers who have served in the U.S. armed forces a new way to save on rail travel. A 10% discount for military veterans is now available for customers who have served in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. READ MORE

Agility Invests $18 Million in Green Supply Chain Technologies
(Agility) Agility, a leading global logistics provider, announced that it has invested $18 million in green supply chain technologies so far through its corporate venture arm Agility Ventures. READ MORE

United Airlines Announces MileagePlus Miles Never Expire
(United Airlines) United Airlines announced that effective immediately, MileagePlus award miles never expire, giving members a lifetime to use miles on flights, experiences, hotels and more. READ MORE

Crowley Fuels Plans New ATB for Enhanced Western Alaska Services
(Crowley) Crowley Fuels has signed construction contracts to build a 55,000-barrel, articulated tug-barge (ATB) that is specifically designed to serve the Western Alaska market with delivery of clean fuel products. READ MORE

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