The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

April 6, 2021


Panels Explore Critical Issues at Upcoming SFPC

The NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC) happening virtually May 18-20, 2021, features five moderator-led panel discussions that will build on this year’s theme, From CONUS to the Indo-Pacific Region: Projecting Forces through Strategic Ports to Provide Combat Power. Please join us for the SFPC—register now at



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Stuck in the Suez Canal: Takeaways

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

When the Ever Given cargo ship became stuck in the Suez Canal, blocking the vital global shipping artery, it was big news—literally and figuratively. The canal connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, making it the shortest maritime route to Asia from Europe. It carries 12% of global trade by volume and is one of several narrow choke-points critical to maritime shipping. […READ MORE…]


Strategic Mobility: The Essential Enabler of Military Operations in Great-Power Competition

By LTC John Fasching, USA (Ret.), Senior Consultant, LMI

America’s military instrument of national power has prevailed over those of our adversaries because of an unparalleled ability to project and sustain dominant force levels rapidly around the globe. In concert with the diplomatic, information, and economic instruments of national power, the military helps to implement America’s national security and defense strategies,1 but success in great-power competition and future conflict will require a reinfusion of innovation and resources. […READ MORE…]


US Department of Transportation Announces Funding Availability for Port Infrastructure Development Program
Funding Will Provide $230 Million to Strengthen and Modernize Ports

The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) encouraging states and port authorities to apply for $230 million in discretionary grant funding for port and intermodal infrastructure-related projects through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

The Infinite Game: How the US Army Plans to Operate in Great Power Competition
(Defense News) The Army has outlined, in a recent white paper obtained by Defense News, its “critical” role in great power competition to include deterring conflict, upholding US interests, and forging and strengthening relationships with allies and partners.

How Air Mobility Command Wants its Airlifters and Refuelers to Fight
(Air Force Magazine) Air Mobility Command has big plans to overhaul its gray-tailed heavies for the high-end fight, turning airlifters into command and control assets and possibly putting air-to-air missiles on tankers. The long-term planning is a shift away from the idea of keeping mobility assets away from a fight, using them instead just as delivery platforms for other combat forces.

Commentary: Pentagon Industrial Policies Need to Focus on Demand
(Defense News) The Biden administration recently started a review of critical US supply chains, following on the heels of multiple manufacturing and defense-industrial base assessments by the previous White House and Pentagon teams. But not addressing the demand side of manufacturing ecosystems in these assessments could prompt unproductive government policies or miss promising opportunities to strengthen US industry.

Biden Unveils Sweeping $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
(Freight Waves) The White House has released an outline of President Joe Biden’s vision for infrastructure: a $2 trillion, 10-year American Jobs Plan that includes upgrading transportation infrastructure as well as renewing the electric grid, high-speed broadband to all parts of the US, and delivering clean drinking water.

A Marine Logistics Base May Be the Warehouse of the Future
(Defense One) In the warehouse of the future, nothing is ever lost. A massive web of 5G-connected sensors will track every object all the time everywhere, slashing the time required to manage and restock items. The Defense Department has awarded $13 million to a Virginia Tech-led team to build just such a smart warehouse for the Marine Corps.


Drury Hotels Takes Top Honors from J.D. Power for 15th Consecutive Year
(Drury Hotels) The Drury Hotels team is on a 15-year winning streak, setting a record and standard for guest satisfaction. J.D. Power ranked Drury Hotels Company “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains” in the J.D. Power 2020 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study.SM

FedEx Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines Grows, Reaches 100 Million Vaccine Doses Delivered
(FedEx) For more than a year, FedEx has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, critical medical supplies, and e-commerce shipments to communities around the world. This past week, the company marked an important milestone—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 200 million vaccine doses have been delivered to administration sites throughout the United States roughly 100 million of which were delivered by FedEx.

Suddath Acquires Daryl Flood, Inc.
(Suddath) Suddath® has announced that it has acquired Daryl Flood Inc. (DFI). The sale, which was effective March 31, 2021, includes all of DFI’s operating companies, including Daryl Flood Relocation Inc., Daryl Flood International Inc., Dependable Relocation Services Inc., Daryl Flood Workplace Services Inc., Daryl Flood Logistics Inc., and VERSA Relocation Inc.

Hyatt Celebrates Sustained Growth With 1,000th Global Hotel Opening
(Hyatt Hotels Corporation) Hyatt has announced the official opening of its 1,000th hotel worldwide, Alila Napa Valley in St. Helena, Calif. This milestone reinforces Hyatt’s continued commitment to intentional growth in places that matter most to guests, members, customers, and owners.

Southwest Airlines Orders 100 Boeing 737 MAX Jets, Plus 155 Options
(Boeing) Boeing and Southwest Airlines have announced the carrier will continue to build its business around the 737 MAX family with a new order for 100 airplanes and 155 options across two models. The deal comes after a multi-year fleet evaluation by Southwest and means that Boeing and its suppliers could build more than 600 new 737 MAX jets for the airline through 2031.


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