Takeaways From SecDef’s First Major Trip, Relaxing Driver HOS Rules, & more news

Aug 16, 2019 | NDTAGram

Announcing the NDTA Young Professional Development Breakfast

NDTA is hosting a Young Leader 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.

We encourage young military and industry leaders to participate and commit to coming by sending us an email to let us know you will be there. Please send a note and let us know at NDTAHQ@ndtahq.com or call us at 703-751-5011. We hope to see you there!

Check It Out – Fall Meeting in the News:

Industry’s role in force projection, sustainment a topic at NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting READ MORE in Seapower magazine or register for the meeting at www.ndtahq.com/events/fall-meeting/.

Government & Military News

Five Takeaways from Pentagon Chief’s First Major Trip
(The Hill) Defense Secretary Mark Esper recently returned from his first major international trip as Pentagon chief—a seven-day whirlwind tour of five countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The discussions touched on a range of regional and global issues, here are five key takeaways from the trip. READ MORE

HOT TOPIC: The Military’s Uses for AI
From Defense One – the Pentagon’s AI center is developing tech that could revolutionize disaster response READ MORE. From Nextgov – the Pentagon’s research arm wants AI to help design more secure tech READ MORE.

Tension Between South Korea and Japan Could Hurt US Goals in the Pacific—and China is Watching
(Defense News) In what the US has declared to be an era of great power competition, part of the plan to blunt Chinese influence in the region comes from relying on Japan and South Korea, two key American partners, to focus on shared threats in the region. But since October, new rifts have formed in the Japan-South Korea relationship, with the two countries in the last few weeks trading major economic blows and neither side dialing down the rhetoric. READ MORE

One Military Base Opens as Report Discusses Others Closing
From Air Force Magazine  the new USAF base in Niger begins limited operations READ MORE. From Military Times  a recent report is saying plans for a new base closing round may be running out of time READ MORE.

VA Partners with DOD to Upgrade Supply Chain at High Risk for Abuse
(Military.com) The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a partnership with the Defense Department this week to upgrade its supply chain system, which is perennially on a government watchdog agency’s “high risk” list for waste, fraud and abuse. The partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will give the VA access to the DLA’s worldwide procurement system in an effort to streamline the VA’s purchase of everything from medical and surgical supplies to cleaning equipment and construction materials. READ MORE

Industry News

Trump Administration Takes Step to Relax Truck Driver Time Regulations
(The Hill) The Trump administration has proposed new rules to relax regulations for commercial truck drivers on breaks and work hours. The proposal consists of five changes for truck drivers’ “hours of service.” READ MORE

The Growing Demand for Fresh Produce Via Air Cargo
(Airline Geeks) While there may be a trending decline in air cargo demand since the beginning of the year, the growing middle class is creating an increase in air cargo demand for one type of cargo: fresh produce. READ MORE

How Will the Looming Recession Impact Global Supply Chains?
(Forbes) The stock market took a significant tumble this week due in large part to recession fears sparked by the inverted yield curve. For supply chain professionals, this is a signal that they need to work to make their supply chains more agile. READ MORE

Navy Issues Draft Request for Proposal for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle
(USNI News) The Navy has put a call out to industry to send in ideas for its planned fleet of corvette-sized unmanned surface vehicles, according to a draft request for proposal. READ MORE

Back to the Future on Trade with the USMCA
(The Atlantic Council) Even as the US-China trade war proceeds to the next gripping chapter, another trade drama is unfolding between the Trump administration and the US Congress on the fate of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as a replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). READ MORE

Member Highlights

Complete’ Tech Transformation for Rental Companies
(Auto Remarketing) Major rental car companies are staying on top of technology trends and have worked to completely change their end consumer approach. READ MORE

Vietnam is a Rising Star in the Ongoing China-US Trade War
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) The ongoing trade tensions between China and the US is seen to be adding some benefit to neighboring countries such as Vietnam. Vietnam is experiencing an influx in foreign investment from Chinese manufacturers who are strategically locating their production facilities to avoid the imposition of the ongoing tariffs. READ MORE

UPS Invests in Autonomous Trucking Company, Tests Self-Driving Tractor Trailers
(UPS) UPS’s venture capital arm, UPS Ventures, has made a minority investment in autonomous driving company TuSimple. Together, both companies are testing self-driving tractor trailers on a route in Arizona to determine whether the vehicles can improve service and efficiency in the UPS® network. READ MORE

Chapman Freeborn Teams Up with Maximus Air to Deliver MRI Machine to Maldives Atoll
(Chapman Freeborn) Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Maximus Air recently teamed to deliver the first MRI machine to Addu Atoll, the southernmost atoll in the Maldives archipelago. To ship the MRI machine, Chapman Freeborn worked with Maximus Air for an Antonov An-124 charter from Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, which provided significant cost savings when compared with an alternative proposal calling for three separate flights using smaller Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft. READ MORE

VIDEO: Crowley Solutions Partners with Small Business Carriers to Support US Warfighters
(Crowley) Two years ago, Kevin Bissonnette, president of Biss Transport in Duncannon, PA, was running a one tractor-trailer operation. Then in late 2017, he met the Crowley Solutions team and signed up to operate as a small business providing contract carrier services for Crowley’s Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) program, a move he says resulted in major growth of his company. 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: www.ndtahq.com/ndta-75th-anniversary-funds-campaign/. 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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