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April 7, 2020


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  • DOD guidance on use of cloth face coverings (DOD tab)
  • FEMA regional points of contact (FEMA tab)
  • Coronavirus acquisition-related information (GSA tab)
  • Resources and updates from the Acquisition Policy Library (GSA tab)
  • Delegation of authority for passenger, cargo, and patient movement during COVID-19 public health emergency (DOD tab)

Recommended articles


DLA Taking the Pulse of Industry During COVID-19

By Chris Erbe, Strategic Initiatives Group, Defense Logistics Agency

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) continues to execute its ongoing national security mission to support the military with repair parts, fuel, food, and more. DLA has been reaching out aggressively to ‘take the pulse’ of industry and offer support as defense companies respond to coronavirus disruptions.

In a March 20 memo, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord told the defense industrial base, “Consistent with the President’s guidelines: ‘If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.’”

During this unprecedented crisis, a ‘normal work schedule’ can be a tall order for some companies. As the main provider of military  […READ MORE…]


Commercial Logistics: US Flag Ocean Carrier Perspectives

Mike Chapell, President at Global Logistics Providers (GLP), provided an overview of the US-flag industry during the US Flag Ocean Carrier Perspectives course at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting on October 7, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

GLP provides inland logistics in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, with a focus on coordinating government services. In dealing with government entities, several common challenges have become apparent. These challenges include issues related to sovereignty of rule, local politics, […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

The Tanker Gap
(Air Force Magazine) The US Air Force’s budget seeks to swap capacity now for capability in the future, but USTRANSCOM is leery.

Robots and the Autonomous Supply Chain
(Forbes) From warehouses and stores, to highways and in mines, and in last mile deliveries, autonomous technology continues to make an impact on the supply chain.

Plan B for GPS III Ground System Approved for Everyday Use
(C4ISRNet) Just hours after the Space Force announced it would pay hundreds of millions of dollars to replace the computer hardware in its next-generation GPS ground system, the service said the contingency program it has been relying on until that new system is ready has been approved for everyday use.


Maersk Completes $545 Million Performance Team Acquisition
(Yahoo Finance) Global container shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk has completed its $545 million acquisition of US warehouse and distribution firm Performance Team.

Atlas Air Worldwide Provides Critical Support in the Fight Against Coronavirus
(Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings) Atlas Air Worldwide has confirmed its ongoing commitment to the fight against coronavirus, including coordination with the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),’s Frontline Responders Fund, country governments and global companies around the world.

SLNC Magothy Featured in MSC Newsletter
(Schuyler Line Navigation Company [SLNC]) The April edition of Military Sealift Command’s newsletter highlights the SLNC Magothy’s recent voyage to Antarctica for Operation Deep Freeze.  Read more on page 5 of the MSC newsletter.

Latest Updates on Section 301 List 3 & 4 Exclusions
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) On March 31, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced additional exclusions to Section 301 List 4 of the $300 billion Trade Action for products originating from China.

Crowley Tugs Work Together to Load LP Odyssey Launch Platform for Offshore Ship Transfer
(Crowley) Five Crowley tugboats recently worked together to load the LP Odyssey, a self-propelled, semi-submersible mobile spacecraft launch platform, onto a heavy-lift ship for Barber Moss Ship Management on behalf of Sea Launch/S7 Space.


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