The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

April 27, 2021


Keynotes Discuss Combatant Commander Expectations, Global Force Projection at NDTA-CAS SFPC

The NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference (Virtual), May 18-20, 2021, will feature a number of noteworthy keynote speakers who will lead discussions focused on the conference theme “From CONUS to the Indo-Pacific Region:  Projecting Forces through Strategic Ports to Provide Combat Power”. […READ MORE…]


A Lesson in Determination from Duluth Travel

By Sharon Lo Managing Editor, Defense Transportation Journal and The Source

After finding there was no travel agent in his town of Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, Arthur Salus decided he would open one. With no knowledge of the industry, one employee other than himself, and $5,000 to his name, Salus opened Duluth Travel, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). The year was 1993 and he still remembers how hard it was assembling the two desks he purchased from Staples. […READ MORE…]


USTRANSCOM Commander on the State of the Command

Earlier this month USTRANSCOM Commander GEN Stephen R. Lyons, USA, testified on the state of the command in front of the US Senate Armed Services Committee. His comments acknowledged the increasingly complex global security environment while reaffirming USTRANSCOM’s enduring purpose to project and sustain military forces anywhere on the globe at the time and place of our Nation’s choosing. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

EU Blames China for Endangering Peace in South China Sea
(U.S. News & World Report) The European Union has called out China for endangering peace in the South China Sea and urged all parties to abide by a 2016 tribunal ruling which rejected most of China’s claim to sovereignty in the sea, but which Beijing has rejected.

Speedy ‘Ambulance Ships’ a High Priority for Navy Medicine, Admiral Says
( The Navy is investing more than $200 million to configure two of its catamarans to function as high-speed “ambulance ships” for medical emergencies on the water. And the Navy’s surgeon general said Tuesday that the service is “enormously excited” to gain the new capability.

US Military Begins Shipping Equipment in Afghanistan Pullout Prep
(Military Times) The U.S. military has begun shipping equipment and winding down contracts with local service providers ahead of the May 1 start of the final phase of its military pullout from Afghanistan, a U.S. Defense Department official said Thursday.

Free the Data: Vice Chiefs Launch an Acquisition Crusade
(Defense One) America’s sophisticated jets, drones, combat vehicles, satellites, and other gear produce data that the Defense Department can’t access, use, or share in the way that it wants to. Gen. John Hyten, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the services’ vice chiefs are looking to change that.

Report: Trucking Jobs Account for 20% of Biden’s Infrastructure Plan
(FreightWaves) Commercial truck driver jobs are forecast to make some of the biggest gains if the Biden administration’s infrastructure package can get through Congress without major revisions, according to a report analyzing the plan.

The USAF’s Bad Bets on Pilot Retention Show It Needs Outside Help
(Defense One) Despite the pandemic, the Air Force is still short of pilots, thanks to low retention and strong airline hiring. This brewing personnel issue is so severe that outside intervention is now required.


U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: Shipments, Spending Slow in Q1 2021
(U.S. Bank) The national truck freight market softened in the first quarter of 2021 – the result of severe winter weather and supply-chain shortages. The Q1 2021 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index, a quarterly analysis of national shipments and spend, showed that shipments in Q1 2021 contracted 8.3% (vs. a gain of 5.3% in Q4 2020) and spending was down 4.7% (vs. an increase of nearly 20% in Q4 2020).

Transportation Institute and U.S. Shipping Partners Team with Teachers, Non-Profits to Make Second Delivery of Books for Distance-Learning Students in Puerto Rico
(Transportation Institute) The Transportation Institute—and its U.S. shipping partners Crowley Maritime and TOTE Puerto Rico—along with the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (AMPR), the American Federation of Teachers, the Seafarers International Union (SIU), and the non-profit First Book, have announced the second wave—7,000—of books being transported to Puerto Rico for school-aged children as part of their “BookWaves” program.

Boeing’s 1st Core Stage for NASA’s Space Launch System is Ready for Journey to Launch Site
(Boeing) Boeing has begun delivery of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket cryogenic core stage to NASA in preparation for launch of the Artemis I mission, the first moon mission in nearly 50 years.

Amtrak Adds Carbon Emission Savings Information on All Northeast Corridor Tickets
(Amtrak) In conjunction with Earth Day 2021, Amtrak announced that all passengers traveling on the Northeast Corridor (NEC), between Boston and Washington, D.C., will be provided their trip-specific carbon emissions savings. Data provides emissions savings compared to “other” modes of travel for the same trip.

Crowley Completes First U.S. Design for Fully Electric Tug
(Crowley) Crowley Engineering Services has completed the design of the first fully electric U.S. tugboat with autonomous technology—providing operators a sustainable and high-performing solution for ship assist and harbor services in any port.


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