Rocket Fuel Power Breakthrough, Cyber Guidelines Fall Short & more news

Sep 13, 2019 | NDTAGram

Young Leaders Professional Development Breakfast

NDTA will host a Young Leaders Professional Development Breakfast during the 2019 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting. The event will be held Tuesday, October 8 from 7:00-8:00am in the Illinois Central Room of the Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, MO. Mr. Kevin D. Ashley, former NDTA Washington DC Chapter President, is leading the coordination for this event with the NDTA Headquarters in support.

During the breakfast, military and commercial leaders will engage with groups of participating young military and civilian leaders to share their perspectives on professional development, education, and careers in logistics, transportation and related areas. Additionally, young professionals will have the opportunity to engage leaders in conversation and questions. This will be a great way to begin the Fall Meeting.

Please help us spread the word and RSVP by emailing or at the Fall Meeting Registration desk at the Union Station Hotel. We hope to see you there! For more information on the Fall Meeting, visit 2019 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting.

Government & Military News

A Rocket-Fuel Additive Could Be the Next Great Power Breakthrough
(Real Clear Defense) The promise of fuel cell—add hydrogen and oxygen, get water and electricity—has long been muted by the difficulty of moving and storing the universe’s lightest element as a liquid or a gas. But researchers funded by the U.S. Army say a powdery hydrogen compound once studied as a rocket-fuel additive may be the stable, energy-dense key to unlocking a wide new range of power-hungry applications. READ MORE

After a Cyberattack, the Waiting is the Hardest Part

(Fifth Domain) An adversary will assess where and how a cyberattack on America will benefit their strategy and I am not convinced attacks on critical infrastructure have the payoff that an adversary seeks. But a pinpointed cyber-attacks disrupting and delaying the movement of U.S. forces to theater could. READ MORE

Reskilling and Upskilling Offer Opportunities and Challenges for Agencies and Employees
(Federal News Network) We have heard a lot recently about reskilling, upskilling, and other terms that generally mean retraining workers to function in a changing workplace. Sources reveal the potential for increased automation to become an increasing problem for the federal workforce and the workers everywhere. READ MORE

Senate Dems Lose Border Wall Skirmish as Defense Spending Bill Advances
(Defense News) The Senate Appropriations Committee on has sent its $693 billion defense spending bill to the Senate floor and scuttled a Democratic amendment meant to bar Pentagon funds from being diverted to President Donald Trump’s border wall. READ MORE

Bolton’s Departure Signals Trump’s Foreign-Policy Pivot
(Defense One) The president is turning away from conflict and toward diplomacy—and that will shape his choice of the next national security adviser. READ MORE

Industry News

Where Current Cybersecurity Guidelines Fall Short
(Axios) Amidst legislative stalling, a consortium of twelve manufacturers has developed a framework for automotive cybersecurity best practices. At first glance, their guidelines hit the right points—incorporating security into design, developing risk assessment and incident response strategies—but current security solutions are not sufficient against increasingly sophisticated threats. READ MORE

Solving the Jigsaw Puzzle of Filling Aircraft with Freight
(Freight Waves) For any airline that flies freighter aircraft or passenger wide-bodies, cargo can be a significant opportunity, especially in high air cargo demand seasons. But there are major differences to managing freighter capacity compared with passenger wide-body capacity. READ MORE

How Cobots are Changing the Nature of Fulfillment
(Supply Chain Dive) If you type the word “cobot” into a Word document, it will think you made a mistake, and try to correct the word to “robot.” And while most cobots are robots, the two aren’t necessarily the same thing. READ MORE

Risks and Opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
(Supply Chain Management Review) We are entering new territory where, to succeed, we must fundamentally understand how we as human beings think about our world and our relation to our technology. READ MORE

California Bill Means ‘End for Independent Trucking’ in State
(Heavy Duty Trucking) California’s governor is expected to sign into law a bill that critics say would make it difficult, if not impossible, for trucking companies in the state to use independent contractor owner-operator truck drivers. READ MORE

Member Highlights

ARC Moves Amtrak Next-Generation Acela Rail Car Shells to Baltimore
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier) American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier completed its first discharge of rail car body shells from the Ro-Ro vessel Patriot for the much-anticipated Amtrak Next-Generation Acela project at the port of Baltimore. READ MORE

AAR Secures $118M C-40 Aircraft Procurement and Modification Contract with Naval Air Systems Command in Support of U.S. Marine Corps
(AAR CORP) AAR has secured a new $118.6 million contract with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to deliver two 737 aircraft and associated support equipment to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). READ MORE

DHL Americas Innovation Center Opens to Accelerate Development of New Solutions for Improved Logistics and Supply Chain Operations
(DHL) DHL is expanding its global innovation footprint to the Americas region with the grand opening of its Americas Innovation Center. The center will exhibit technologies that DHL is already implementing across the region as well as investigate future solutions that can provide significant productivity and efficiency gains. READ MORE

FedEx, Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Team Rubicon & Water Mission Team Up to Deliver Supplies and Aid to the Bahamas
(FedEx) More than 56,000 pounds of critical aid is on the ground and in the hands of relief workers in the Bahamas. FedEx Corp. delivered the emergency supplies via a dedicated flight today to help the people and communities devastated by Hurricane Dorian. READ MORE

Amtrak Updates Mobile App to Improve the Booking Experience
(Amtrak) Amtrak is updating its app to make bookings and travel management effortless. The app updates, customers can more effectively book, ticket, change and monitor travel while they are on the go. READ MORE

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