The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 11, 2021


USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting – Young Leaders Professional Development Breakfast

The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting is a little more than two months away and we want to ensure our young military and industry professionals are planning to join us for this exciting event, October 18-21 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor, MD. […READ MORE…]


Pandemic, Innovation, and People Emerge as Key Topics at the 2020 Fall Meeting

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

What can you expect from the 2021 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting?
As preparations are made and plans take shape for this year’s Fall Meeting, you may be wondering what to expect. To help and answer that question—and to see where we are in comparison to last year—check out this recap from the 2020 meeting.

The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting took place October 5-8, 2020. While this event has taken place for many years, 2020 marked the first virtual edition of the meeting. The decision to move to a virtual platform was made due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Of course, we would prefer to be in St. Louis at the historic Hilton hotel, but we can do this, and we can still collaborate,” VADM William Brown, NDTA President & CEO, said of the decision. […READ MORE…]


The Defense Travel Management Office Summer Newsletter Released

The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) has published the Summer 2021 edition of its quarterly newsletter, the Defense Travel Dispatch, featuring a message from new DTMO Director Phil Benjamin.  […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

The Senate Just Passed a Massive Infrastructure Bill. Here’s What’s in It
(Time)  The Senate approved a sweeping $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill on Tuesday that includes a substantial increase in funding for roads, broadband, and energy usage, marking a major step forward in President Joe Biden’s economic agenda as the nation continues to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

It’s Time for a National Maritime Strategy
(Breaking Defense)  Like its predecessors, the sea services’ most recent policy statement, Advantage at Sea, concentrates on naval operations and almost completely ignores the US maritime industry. This is a missed opportunity.

China Reportedly Converted Civilian Ferries for Amphibious Assault Operations
(Defense News)  China has converted civilian ferries for use in military amphibious operations, potentially enabling the country to significantly surge its amphibious assault capabilities in a contingency like a Taiwan invasion, according to a new report.

NIST Revises Flagship Cyber Resiliency Guidance
(FedScoop)  The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the first-ever revision to its flagship cyber resiliency guidance with updated controls and a single threat taxonomy Thursday.

Floating Robot Gas Station to Get Pentagon Trial
(Defense One)  The Defense Department is set to trial a full-scale autonomous ocean-going replenishment system comprised of technology-driven kits that transform existing barges into self-moving platforms that can land and refuel military aircraft. They’ll make up a network of smart, floating military gas or resupply stations.


Bennett Expands Its Oilfield Service Capabilities with Addition of American Eagle Division
(Bennett Family of Companies)  The Bennett Family of Companies is pleased to be able to expand its oilfield service capabilities with the new acquisition of American Eagle, a Broussard, Louisiana-based company founded in 2011. Bennett Motor Express, LLC completed the asset purchase of American Eagle following the pandemic and fluctuations in the oil industry demand.

Hapag-Lloyd Opening New Office in Senegal
(Hapag-Lloyd)  Hapag-Lloyd continues to strengthen its presence in Africa. Today the company opens a new office in the West African country of Senegal – located in the capital Dakar. The country is connected to the global Hapag-Lloyd network by the weekly Dakar Express Service (DEX) with transshipment in Tangier.

AIT Worldwide Logistics Acquires Austin-Based Intelligent Logistics
(AIT Worldwide Logistics)  AIT has announced the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based Intelligent Logistics, a firm with expertise in freight forwarding, cartage, warehousing, and truckload brokerage.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Visits ARC Ship in Port of Baltimore
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group [ARC])  ARC was pleased to join Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and other state and local officials in welcoming U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.

DHL Express Shapes Future for Sustainable Aviation with the Order of First-Ever All-Electric Cargo Planes from Eviation
(DHL)  DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider has made the first to order 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes from all-electric aircraft manufacturer Eviation. With this engagement DHL aims to set up an unparalleled electric Express network and make a pioneering step into a sustainable aviation future.


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