The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

April 23, 2024

SFPC Meeting

Army Forces Command Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, to Discuss Deploying the Force at SFPC

Don’t miss out on an unparalleled learning and networking experience at the Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC), May 14-17, 2024, hosted by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CAS). Act now and register today! The SFPC agenda, packed with prominent keynote speakers including Major General Lance G. Curtis, USA promises to illuminate the 2024 SFPC theme, “Ready Now – Contested Joint Force Deployments to & through Strategic Ports.” Be part of this vital dialogue at the 2024 SFPC. Time is of the essence – secure your spot now! […READ MORE…]

Your Source

Upcoming Events You Should Know

Here are several events and opportunities that may be of interest to those in the greater NDTA community. […READ MORE…]

NDTA North Florida-Jacksonville Chapter Event This Tuesday

Join the NDTA North Florida/Jacksonville Chapter on Tuesday, April 23, for a Chapter Social at Pusser’s Bar & Grille, 816 Highway, A1A N in Ponte Vedra Beach from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Charlie Ward, Chapter President, at

DOD Awards $14.4 Million to Sustain and Enhance the Space-Qualified Solar Cell Supply Chain

The Department of Defense has announced an award of $14.4 million via the Defense Production Act Investment (DPAI) Program to 5N+ Semiconductors (5N Semi) to sustain and expand the capability to produce germanium substrates used in solar cells for defense and commercial satellites. This effort supports the 2024 National Defense Industrial Strategy to continue and expand support for domestic production within the resilient supply chains strategic priority area. […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on U.S. Microchip Production, Blocking of Sales to China, Russia

(CBS News)  What does the secretary of commerce do? Until now, mainly promote U.S. businesses abroad. It had not been a high-profile job til Gina Raimondo turned the second-tier agency into a center of job creation, manufacturing, and national security.  

Europe is Already Planning for What Happens If Ukraine Loses. It’s Ugly.

(Defense One)  A Ukrainian loss, which could happen very soon if U.S. weapons don’t arrive, would ramp up Russian efforts to destabilize the governments of NATO countries and increase defense spending across the alliance, among other disastrous effects, according to Estonia’s Defense Minister.

Biden Admin, U.S. Ports Prep for Cyberattacks as Nationwide Infrastructure is Targeted

(CNBC)  A top Biden cybersecurity official urged the nation’s ports in a joint call to have their data encrypted, rapidly patch any vulnerabilities in critical systems, and have a well-trained cyber team as hacks targeting key U.S. infrastructure increase.

China is Battening Down for the Gathering Storm Over Taiwan

(War on the Rocks)  Chinese war drums beat on as pundits hotly debate if or when Beijing will try to seize Taiwan by force. There is no apparent countdown to D-day for initiating a blockade or invasion, but major strategic indicators clearly show that General Secretary Xi Jinping is still preparing his country for a showdown.

Navy Looks to Apply Jet Readiness Gains to Surface Ship Fleet

(Defense News)  The U.S. Navy’s supply corps will spend the next two years applying lessons from the service’s aircraft fleet to surface ship readiness.

Thank You Corporate Member

Please join NDTA in welcoming our newest Sustaining member Everts Air Cargo and thanking Priority Worldwide for upgrading to the Sustaining level!

SAP Unveils AI-Driven Supply-Chain Innovations to Transform Manufacturing

(SAP)  SAP SE has announced AI advancements in its supply chain solutions that will unleash a transformative wave of productivity, efficiency and precision in manufacturing. AI-driven insights from real-time data will help companies use their own data to make better decisions across supply chains, streamline product development and improve manufacturing efficiency.

Digitising Global Maritime Trade

(Maersk)  For years, customs clearance has been a common cause of delays with customs processes in some countries being complex and often paper-based. Customs declarations can often only be submitted after the goods have arrived in the country, leaving little time for processing declarations, resulting in delays and disruptions. That’s where the ‘Digitising Global Maritime Trade’ (DGMT) project comes in, aiming to streamline and digitise customs procedures.

United Makes It Easier for Customers Who Use Wheelchairs to Book Flights That Can Accommodate Their Personal Device

(United Airlines)  United Airlines has launched a new digital tool on its app and that makes it easier for customers who use wheelchairs to find flights that can best accommodate the specific dimensions of their personal mobility device.

The Source is a free educational publication for NDTA members, conference attendees, and associates.

Share This