The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

April 19, 2023


SDDC Commander MG Gavin Lawrence to Discuss Global Force Projection at SFPC

NDTA and CNU’s Center for American Studies (CAS) present the Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC), “Achieving Surface Deployment at the Speed of War: Supporting Large Scale Operations.” The event will be held May 15-18, at Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Virginia. […READ MORE…]


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DoD Approves Software Modernization Implementation Plan

By Defense Media Activity

The Department of Defense (DoD) Software Modernization Implementation Plan was approved on March 30, 2023, by the DoD CIO. […READ MORE…]


Puget Sound Chapter to Co-Sponsor Summer Transportation Leadership Academy

Mark your calendar! The Puget Sound Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association is pleased to co-sponsor a Summer Transportation Leadership Academy on August 16, 2023, at the Tacoma Yacht Club, Tacoma, WA. The theme is “Preparedness and Partnership.” Registration will open June 1. A limited number of presentations are still being accepted and display tables are available. Click here to download flyer.


System for Award Management (SAM) Basics

Weathering many crises over the decades, travel has always proved resilient. The industry has now the opportunity to rebound even stronger. In this video, Dallas Brewer, QMAC, General Services Administration and James (JD) Santini, QMACB, General Services Administration, describe how technology is playing a major role in facilitating recovery, ushering in a new era of personalized travel that presents more opportunities for businesses and a better experience for travelers. […READ MORE…]


New Carry-On Baggage Screening System Aims to Reduce Traveler Screening Times

By S&T Public Affairs

Travelers may have a new way to screen their carry-on bags in the future with technology being developed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). S&T recently installed a next generation carry-on baggage screening system at Boston Logan International Airport in Massachusetts to collect data about how the system operates in a real-world environment to improve the system and detection algorithms. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

US Army Official Reveals Watercraft, Networks as Logistics Focus Areas
(Defense News)  The U.S. Army will focus on developing watercraft, power-generation capabilities, and a more effective command-and-control network as part of its newly formed modernization team meant to ease the movement of equipment, weapons, and people in challenging environments, according to the service’s undersecretary.

Steps to Take Now for Defense Acquisition Reform
(Federal News Network)  Defense acquisition reform may seem like a topic that never changes, but a group of former Pentagon officials said they have solutions that will not only work, but work quickly. The Atlantic Council’s commission on defense innovation adoption released its interim report Wednesday with a list of 10 ways the Defense Department can immediately modernize acquisition.

3 Ways to Bolster Supply Chain Cybersecurity as Attacks Accelerate
(Supply Chain Dive)  Cyberattacks against supply chains are becoming more common and more sophisticated. A cybersecurity expert gives insight on what companies can do.

US Has Planes, Boats on Call for Emergencies, Why Not Satellites?
(C4ISRNet)  With the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) and its maritime equivalent — dubbed the National Defense Reserve Fleet — as models for how to take advantage of commercially-owned capacity in times of need, the Space Force is in the early phases of designing its own version, the Commercial Augmentation Space Reserve.

Sea Power is Essential to Countering Communist China
(Defense News)  The last few years have marked the return of great power competition, primarily between the United States and China—and China is on a fast track to displace America as the world’s dominant naval power.


Celebrating 50 Years of FedEx
(FedEx)  50 years ago, FedEx Corp. launched an industry that changed the world. April 17, 2023, marked 50 years since the company’s first fully operational night and the first step to realizing founder and Executive Chairman Frederick W. Smith’s vision to connect the globe.

5 Things Public Sector Managers Should Know About Cloud Security Accreditation Programs
(Amazon Web Services, Inc.)  Accreditation programs and the organizational models that support them are priority considerations for public sector managers who are modernizing their IT. But, PwC’s 2021 Cloud Business Survey reveals that managers often consider risk and compliance issues too late in the planning stage, creating delays before the benefits of cloud migration are fully realized.

Crowley Invests in REPOWR to Accelerate Sustainability in Supply Chains
(Crowley)  Crowley has announced a venture investment in REPOWR, a logistics-technology start-up, bringing a technology platform for equipment and asset usage and sharing to the supply chain industry. The platform enables companies to seamlessly share logistics equipment, increasing performance while reducing the environmental impact of ownership.

EY and IBM Expand Strategic Alliance into Quantum Computing
(Ernst & Young Global Limited)  The EY organization and IBM have announced that EY Global Services Limited will be joining the IBM Quantum Network, further enabling EY teams to explore solutions with IBM that could help resolve some of today’s most complex business challenges.


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