The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 11, 2023

Transportation Academy to Feature 70 Interactive Classes

NDTA and USTRANSCOM are gearing up for the 2023 Fall Meeting to be held October 31 – November 3 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando, FL. Transportation Academy will be a star attraction and classes will engage and educate government and industry leaders, including young professionals seeking career growth and networking opportunities. Hear from government, military, allies, and industry partners as they share their professional experiences, ideas, and solutions related to “Advancing U.S. Power Projection with Allies and Partners.” […READ MORE…]

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Upcoming Maryland Job Fairs Offer Job Seekers and Recruiters In-Person & Virtual Opportunities

The Pax River Naval Air Museum will host its job fair on Tuesday, August 22, 2023. The event will take place in-person from 3-7pm and virtually from 4-7pm. Those attending in-person will go to 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653 (next to Gate 1) and park in the Museum parking lot or nearby in JF Taylor and Exploration Park parking (walking distance). To attend virtually, REGISTER FOR EVENT. […READ MORE…]

DTMO Releases Summer 2023 Dispatch

The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) has released the latest edition of its Dispatch newsletter. Inside the summer 2023 issue find details on pet transportation reimbursement during relocation, managing installation name changes in DTS, summer travel tips, and much more! […READ MORE…]

Confronting the National Supply Chain Challenge

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

For the transportation and logistics workforce, staying at home was never an option during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to GEN Stephen R. Lyons, USA (Ret.), White House Ports and Supply Chain Envoy, those workers—manning vessels under harsh quarantine restrictions, working on docks and in warehouses, and driving trucks—pulled the US through as an economy. […READ MORE…]

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US May Put Armed Troops on Commercial Ships in Strait of Hormuz

(Military Times)  The U.S. military is considering putting armed personnel on commercial ships traveling through the Strait of Hormuz, in what would be an unheard of action aimed at stopping Iran from seizing and harassing civilian vessels, four American officials told The Associated Press.

Sprawling Pacific Exercise Revealed Air Force Needs Some Doctrine ‘Refresh’: General

(Breaking Defense)  Following the conclusion of Air Mobility Command’s (AMC) largest readiness exercise in its history held for the first time in the Indo-Pacific, officials are starting to unpack lessons learned, with a key takeaway being the need to “refresh” Air Force doctrine to better coordinate logistics forces, according to a top service official. 

US Air Force to Issue New Refueling Tanker Request in September

(Defense News)  The U.S. Air Force expects to release its formal request for information for a KC-135 tanker recapitalization in September, which will pave the way for an official acquisition strategy for the program it previously referred to as a “bridge tanker.”

Opinion: Hiding in Plain Sight: Warfare in the Electromagnetic Spectrum

(Military Times)  The reality of 2023 is that our connectivity to, dependence on, and risk because of the electromagnetic spectrum, or EMS, has never been greater. Because the Department of Defense will never have protected access to the EMS, U.S. adversaries such as Russia, China, and Iran have the capability to detect, restrict, or deny the EMS at the time and place of their choosing. 

Ukraine is Evacuating Wounded Soldiers by Loading Them onto Large Drones, in What is Likely a Battlefield First, Report Says

(Business Insider)  Ukraine is using cargo drones to evacuate soldiers wounded fighting against Russian forces in what is likely a first on any battlefield. While it is unclear how many times Ukraine has used drones to transport injured troops or in what parts of the country it has done so, the large drones are able to carry 397-pound weights for up to 43 miles.

National Industries for the Blind Releases Spring/Summer 2023 Magazine

[National Industries for the Blind (NIB)]  The Spring/Summer edition of Opportunity magazine provides the latest news from the NIB and its associated agencies, including the broader impacts of their jobs and new product highlights.

National Air Cargo Group, Inc. Partners with Etihad Cargo on USPS ICAIR 2023-27 Program

(National Air Cargo Group)  U.S. based National Airlines, a division of National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc., has entered an interline agreement with Middle East’s dynamic Etihad Cargo to successfully roll out the ICAIR23 program for the United States Postal Service (USPS). This agreement initiates a unique partnership, as it combines National’s extensive experience in providing international freight transportation services with Etihad Cargo’s global commercial network.

BNSF Railway’s Sandpoint Junction Connector Bridge Now Open

(BNSF)  BNSF Railway’s inaugural train trip across the new Sandpoint Junction Connector rail bridge took place over the weekend, marking the last step of the project more than a decade in the making. The upgrades will reduce congestion and help move current and future freight traffic more efficiently, significantly reducing idle times for trains.

J.B. Hunt Showcases ESG Advancement in New 2022 Sustainability Report

(J.B. Hunt)  J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. has released a report detailing the company’s progress toward environmental, social, and corporate governance performance. “In 2022, we celebrated some incredible achievements by addressing challenges with energy and creativity while positioning our organization for long-term growth opportunities,” said John Roberts, CEO of J.B. Hunt.



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