Sealift Strategies, Better Airplane Tracking, and more

Jan 23, 2019 | NDTAGram

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Government & Military News

Facing a Sealift Capacity Collapse, the Navy Seeks Strategy for New Auxiliary Ships
(Defense News) The US Navy is moving toward settling on an approach for recapitalizing the nation’s aged sealift fleet, moving away from a single common hull for its missions. READ MORE

Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown
(The New York Times) The Senate will hold competing votes on Thursday on President Trump’s proposal to spend $5.7 billion on a border wall and on a Democratic bill that would fund the government through Feb. 8 without a wall. It will be the first time the Senate has stepped off the sidelines to try to end the monthlong government shutdown. READ MORE

House Lawmakers Approve New NATO Protections
(Stars and Stripes) The House overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday night that would trigger new protections to ensure the United States remains in NATO and thwart moves by President Donald Trump from quitting the alliance. READ MORE

Sealift is American’s Achilles Heel in the Age of Great Power Competition
(War on the Rocks) Sealift is the backbone of America’s ability to project hard power around the world. But the force is at the ragged edge of its ability to sustain current global operations, due in large part to a dwindling pool of merchant mariners and decaying sealift assets. READ MORE

China Might Be Bugging US Subways—But There’s a Bigger Problem
(Defense One) Transit officials in Washington DC are concerned that their next subway cars might be bugged if a state-owned Chinese company wins a contract to supply the city’s Metro system with new cars. Why can’t they solve the problem by simply buying American? No US company makes them… READ MORE


Industry News

Not Everything in the Supply Chain Should Be Automated
(Supply Chain Dive) With new advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, virtually every player in the supply chain is looking to some form of automation. But there are many components of the supply chain that either cannot or should not be automated. READ MORE

Four Emerging Supply Chain Trends for 2019
(Modern Materials Handling) As supply chains evolve, companies are re-evaluating their networks to determine how their future supply chains should be structured. READ MORE

Developers Seek to Advance Truck Platooning Through Higher Automation, Global Demonstrations
(Transport Topics) Truck platooning has not yet advanced beyond the testing and development stage, but proponents and developers of the technology continue to explore ways to eventually deploy it in real-world freight operations. READ MORE

New Satellite Network Will Make It Impossible for a Commercial Airplane to Vanish
(CBS News) For the first time, a new network of satellites will soon be able to track all commercial airplanes in real time, anywhere on the planet. READ MORE

Get Set for a Bumpy Trade and Logistics Ride in 2019
(Forbes) A significant reshuffling of the top logistics countries is likely this year, largely because of Brexit and the potential for a trade war between the US and China. READ MORE


Member Highlights

Choice Hotels Launches Online Group Management Platform Tool for Seamless Planning Experience
(Choice Hotels) Choice Hotels International, Inc. is making planning and booking group travel at its hotels easier than ever with the launch of the Group Management Platform, an online reservation solution. READ MORE

Three Ways to Make Supply Chains Lean with Value Stream Mapping
(Panalpina) Value stream mapping allows oversight of the entire supply chain and enables businesses to create holistic solutions, optimize and remove waste, as Maria Pía Caraccia, Corporate Logistics Business Improvement Manager at Panalpina, explains in an interview with Cardiff University’s Panalpina Centre for Manufacturing and Logistics Research. READ MORE

SAIC Completes Acquisition of Engility Holdings, Inc.
(SAIC) Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has announced the successful completion of its merger with Engility Holdings, Inc. The merger was previously approved by SAIC and Engility stockholders at special meetings held on Jan. 11, 2019. READ MORE

BNSF Designates Two New Certified Sites
(BNSF Railway) Two new industrial locations have been recognized with BNSF Railway Company’s (BNSF) Certified Sites designation. These new Certified Sites are located in Galesburg, Illinois, and Clovis, New Mexico. READ MORE

Amtrak Seeks New Passenger Equipment for Northeast Regional and State Corridor Service 
(Amtrak) Amtrak has released a Request for Proposals for a new fleet of single-level passenger rail vehicles to replace Amfleet I cars, providing new equipment with contemporary rail amenities to better serve Amtrak customers. READ MORE



NDTA News & Events

NDTA and CNU’s Conference on America’s Ports
The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies jointly present the Conference on America’s Ports: Supporting Our National Military Objectives, at Christopher Newport University, April 30-May 2, 2019.  For more information, visit:


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