Shanahan’s Out – Esper’s In, Paris Air Show Highlights and more

Jun 20, 2019 | NDTAGram

NDTA’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Receives Strong Support

NDTA staff and key volunteers are continuing work to put together several celebratory opportunities for the association’s 75th Anniversary which will culminate during our Fall Meeting in St. Louis, 7-10 October 2019. We appreciate our members for making these initiatives possible through their generous support and donations to the 75th Anniversary fund.

Thank you to individual members Wanda Bisbal, Bruce Busler, Jonathan Kaskin, Kirstin Knott, Frank and Estella McDermott, Thomas Ogles, Robert Sherrill, and Mark Victorson, as well as to the NDTA North Pole Chapter and NDTA Southwest Regional President for your generosity.

Thank you to corporate members AFP Global Logistics; Agility Defense & Government Services; American Maritime Officers; American President Lines, LLC; American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier, LLC; Anacostia Rail Holdings; Atlas Air Worldwide; Baggett Transportation Company; Bennett Motor Express, LLC; Bristol Associates Inc.; Crane Worldwide Logistics; Crowley; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC; Keystone Shipping Co.; Liberty Global Logistics; LMI; Maersk Line, Limited; Merrill Taylor and Associates; National Air Cargo; Norfolk Southern Corp.; Omega World Travel; Omni Air International; The Pasha Group; Roadmaster Group and its Divisions – Tri-State, AATCO & Roadmaster Specialized, Inc.; Schuyler Line Navigation Company, LLC; Seafarers International Union of NA, AGLIW; Southwest Airlines; TTX; US Ocean; and YRC Worldwide. Your support is greatly appreciated!

More information on the 75th Anniversary is available in the NDTA News section below or online at:



Government & Military News

Shanahan Drops Out of Contention to Lead Pentagon, as Trump Taps Army Secretary
(Fox News) President Trump abruptly announced Tuesday that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing from consideration to lead the Pentagon and he’s naming Secretary of the Army Mark Esper as his replacement. READ MORE

US Transportation Command’s Senior Enlisted Advisor to Host Leadership Discussion on Topics Impacting Global Mobility
(Air Mobility Command) Participants attending the seventh annual NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, October 7 to 10, 2019, St. Louis Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri, will have the unique opportunity to personally interact with, and learn from, the American military’s senior enlisted leadership. READ MORE

Why DOD’s Decision to Make Cybersecurity an ‘Allowable Cost’ Matters
(Federal News Network) Cybersecurity is now an allowable cost on certain types of contracts. Let that sink in for a second. The Defense Department is telling its vendors that the government, in some cases, will pay for cybersecurity. READ MORE

Military Sealift May Need More Help to Get Combat Vehicles to Europe
(Warrior Maven) As the Pentagon accelerates its pivot toward great power competition and moves beyond 15 years of counterinsurgency, the US military continues to build up forces, increase training and conduct exercises with regional allies in both the European and Pacific theaters. However, all of this highlights the massive US deficit when it comes to actually “getting there,”—sending forward deployed forces and sustaining Ready Reserve Forces. READ MORE

Trump Creates Doubt Over Use of US Force to Protect Gulf Oil
(Reuters) President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb, but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under threat by Iran. READ MORE




Industry News

The Paris Air Show
Here are a few of the headlines you should see from this week’s Paris Air Show:

  • US Officials Threaten Retribution for European Union’s Restrictions on Defense Fund (Defense NewsREAD MORE
  • FAA Updates On Supersonic Noise Rules In Paris, But Airbus Thinks Environmentalists Are Louder (ForbesREAD MORE
  • Lost in the Din: Good News in the KC-46 Tanker Program (Federal News NetworkREAD MORE

A New Industrial Base Is Taking Shape. Call It the Military-AI Complex.
(Defense One) Technology is altering what makes us strong, prosperous, and secure. The defense industrial base is becoming the strategic innovation base. Today’s leading digital companies have disrupted every industry they have touched, could they now become fixtures of this new industrial base? READ MORE

Congress Hears Testimony on Trucking Issues in Preparation for Highway Bill
(Commercial Carrier Journal) Eight trucking industry stakeholders testified before members of Congress Wednesday in a hearing about the state of trucking and the challenges truck drivers, trucking companies, brokers and safety advocates face. READ MORE

Major Banks Set New Lending Standards for Shipping Industry in Order to Cut CO2 Emissions
(CNBC) Eleven banks that lend to shipping lines announced Monday that climate impact will be integrated into the criteria that determines how much shipping companies can borrow, an effort the banks say will substantially cut CO2 emissions in the industry. READ MORE

Top Takeaways from the State of Logistics Report 2019
(Forbes) CSCMP’s State of Logistics Report 2019 is the single best annual snapshot of where logistics stands in the US. This is the 30th issue. The biggest takeaway every year focuses on whether overall logistics costs are going up or going down. The answer? Costs have increased.  READ MORE



Member Highlights

Matson Christens First Kanaloa Class Vessel ‘Lurline’
(Matson) Matson, Inc. and General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, christened the largest combination container / roll-on, roll-off (“con-ro”) ship ever built in the United States in a ceremony at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, CA on Saturday, June 15. READ MORE

Avia Solutions Group to Acquire Chapman Freeborn
(Chapman Freeborn) Avia Solutions Group has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shareholding in UK-headquartered Chapman Freeborn Group. READ MORE

Enterprise’s Kyle Sabie on Subscribe With Enterprise
(Travel Weekly) Enterprise Holdings has launched a pilot vehicle subscription service in three states. For $1,499 a month, Subscribe With Enterprise customers can swap out vehicles up to four times per month from six vehicle classes. READ MORE

Maersk Explores Arctic Shipping Route with Russia
(Reuters) Shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Friday it is in talks with Russia’s state-owned icebreaker operator to send more goods via the Arctic, which is becoming more accessible as climate change reduces the sea ice. READ MORE

Be Sulfur-Smart: An Update On the Rocky Path to Compliance
(Panalpina) New rules on ship emissions are coming into force next year. From 2020, the sulfur content of bunker fuels will be reduced to 0.5 percent, compared to 3.5 percent now in most parts of the world. Panalpina provides insights on how to comply with #IMO2020. READ MORE



NDTA News & Events

NDTA 75th Anniversary
We are excited to celebrate NDTA’s 75th Anniversary which will culminate with our Fall Meeting in St. Louis, 7-10 October 2019. The NDTA staff and key volunteers are working to put together a significant amount of celebratory opportunities. We’ve commissioned a piece of art which “tells the story” of NDTA’s history. It will be available at all major events. The first soft “unveiling” was held at the GovTravels Symposium and the Fall Meeting will host our official unveiling. We have also committed to publishing a 75th Anniversary Yearbook which will republish much of the editions from the 50th and 65th yearbooks—and years 66 through 75. The yearbook will be a limited publication to be primarily handed out to Fall Meeting registrants. We have thought extensively regarding the appropriate way to go about fundraising for the celebration—and have decided to ask for modest contributions. To find more information on these fundraising efforts and to make a donation, please visit: As we look back, we are also looking ahead to the future—continuing to educate and add value through dialog and relationship building. Thank you for all of your support!

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