With President Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ subsequent resignation, and a government shutdown not yet off the table, there is plenty of news (maybe too much!) to read about this week. In addition to those topics, we have included a special selection of seasonal articles and messages from NDTA’s members we hope you will enjoy.
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- This winter, DHL delivered holiday cheer to US troops.
- AIT’s 2018 holiday video is sure to make you smile and will likely leave you wanting hot cocoa.
- Find helpful tips in Landstar’s The Twelve Days of Safety.
- CBS News reports on how UPS becomes “Santa’s sleigh” during the holiday season.
- Check out the homepages of American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier and Union Pacific for holiday greetings that show just how beautiful transportation can be!
- Hear how FedEx helped deliver holiday joy with its mobile gifting truck.
- Hapag Lloyd shares how its employees around the world celebrate their favorite festivals.
- The 2018 Deloitte Holiday Retail Survey sheds light on consumer behaviors and more.
Government & Military News
Pulling out of Syria: A primer
(Politico) President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement that “we have defeated ISIS” in Syria and US troops are “all coming back and they’re coming back now” raises a series of unanswered questions. Politico provides a primer on the President’s decision. READ MORE
Preventive Priorities Survey: 2019
(The Council on Foreign Relations) The Council on Foreign Relations has released its Preventive Priorities Survey: 2019. In it, US foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential crises or conflicts around the world in the coming year. READ MORE
Government Shutdown Countdown
(CNN) The federal government will partially shut down Friday at midnight if the House and Senate don’t pass a spending bill that President Trump will sign. Keep up with the latest on this developing story with live updates from CNN. READ MORE
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis leaving his job after clash with Trump over Syria
(USA Today) Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has announced he is stepping down, citing disagreements with President Donald Trump ranging from Syria to global alliances and sparking deep anxiety among lawmakers about national security. READ MORE
How China’s Elite Hackers Stole the World’s Most Valuable Secrets
(Wired) According to a new Justice Department indictment, since 2014 China’s elite APT10—short for “advanced persistent threat”—hacking group has targeted not just individual companies in its long-standing efforts to steal intellectual property, but also so-called managed service providers. READ MORE
ELD Effects Ripple Far Beyond Trucking—To Air Cargo
(Supply Chain Dive) The electronic logging device mandate has changed the shape of transportation logistics, with effects spiraling into intermodal freight. READ MORE
Outlook 2019: Class I CEOs Predict Rail Traffic Growth
(Progressive Railroading) A number of developments are prompting a mainly positive take from top rail executives on extending what has been a relatively prosperous 2018 into and through 2019. But they also stress some caution while they read the tea leaves. READ MORE
What to Expect from Other Transaction Authorities in 2019
(Nextgov) Although use of OTAs or “other transaction authority” contracts is not new to the federal contracting community (in fact, it was brought onto the scene in the 1950s to aid NASA in the space race), we can expect to see additional use of OTAs to gain access to groundbreaking technologies faster and more efficiently in 2019. READ MORE
Top 10 Trucking News Stories of the Year
(Heavy Duty Trucking) 2018 was a year of new technologies and new regulations for the trucking industry. Check out the top 10 most read new stories of the year on truckinginfo.com. READ MORE
Container Shipping Industry Calls for Five-Year Extension to Block Exemption Regulation
(The Loadstar) Container liner industry groups today called for the European Commission to renew the block exemption regulation that covers shipping services for a further five years. READ MORE
Vets and ARH Share Values
(Anacostia Rail Holding) Hear from Anacostia Rail Holdings about their support for our military and why veterans make excellent employees. READ MORE
Defense Logistics: Tires Keep the Military Rolling
(SAIC) The 400 different types of tires used by the US military are so important to its ground and aircraft fleet that the Pentagon designates them “a highly critical item.” The Defense Logistics Agency has called on SAIC for on-time tire delivery to US military bases around the world, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, and more than 60 foreign military allies. R EAD MORE
Crowley Integrates DFTS Management into Government Solutions Group to Unify Supply Chain Services for Warfighter Readiness
(Crowley Maritime Corp.) Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced it is combining its Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract management group with its other government services under its Crowley Solutions business unit. < em>READ MORE
FreightTech 25: Echo Global Rolling Out an Updated Tool for Its LTL Business
(FreightWaves) Echo Global Logistics is wrapping up the year by rolling out an update to its EchoShip service targeted at the LTL market. READ MORE
Mayor Emanuel, City Colleges of Chicago and AAR Announce the Aviation Futures Training Center
(AAR CORP.) Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined City Colleges of Chicago and AAR to announce the new Aviation Futures Training Center to train students in aviation sheet metalworking. AAR will partner with Olive-Harvey College to prepare students for in-demand jobs in aviation, heavy manufacturing, boating, automotive repair, and HVAC. READ MORE
NDTA News & Events
Register Now for GovTravels 2019
NDTA is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2019 GovTravels Conference, “Empower. Engage. Innovate.” GovTravels is the only event where decision makers from government and industry gather to meet, learn and collaborate on common travel issues. Find more information and secure your spot for this important event at www.ndtahq.com/events/gov-travels/.
CNU’s Homeland Security Symposium & Expo
Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies presents the ninth annual Homeland Security Symposium & Expo: Achieving Resilience in America’s Critical Infrastructure, at Christopher Newport University, on January 29, 2019. This program provides high visibility to a key executive audience. The program includes high-level speakers from government and industry to discuss the latest advancements, insights and issues in homeland, maritime, and port security. Four panels will discuss Transportation, Energy, Cybersecurity and Information Technology, and Active Shooter and Emergency Response. Attendees include representatives from private industry, government agencies, and academia from throughout Virginia. All proceeds support CNU’s Center for American Studies. For more information, visit: http://cnu.edu/shs/.
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