The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 18, 2022


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting Young Leaders Program

The 10th annual NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, being held October 17-20, 2022 at the St. Louis Union Station in St. Louis, MO, is a great opportunity for young leaders to network among professional peers and senior leaders to explore the theme of “Defense Transportation & Logistics…Evolving the Strategic Advantage.” […READ MORE…]


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Suspected Iranian Actor Targeting Israeli Shipping, Healthcare, Government, and Energy Sectors

Mandiant has released new research on a suspected Iranian threat actor (aka UNC3890) that is targeting Israeli shipping, government, energy, and healthcare organizations. […READ MORE…]


Governmentwide Lodging Solutions, General Services Administration & Win with FedRooms

As part of the 2022 GovTravels LITE virtual series, Trevor Edwards from the Office of Travel, Employee Relocation, and Transportation at the General Services Administration (GSA) led a session entitled, Governmentwide Lodging Solutions, General Services Administration & Win with FedRooms.



Groundwork by DLA, Forest Service Preps Firefighters for Busy Season

By Nancy Beneki, DLA Public Affairs

Reports of wildland fires in California, Alaska, and Oregon, combined with record-high temperatures and a dry summer, present the daunting task of disaster control.

The Defense Logistics Agency works daily to support firefighters stopping these fires in their tracks through planning and cooperation with firefighting agencies across the country. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

An Experiment Showed that the Military Must Change Its Cybersecurity Approach
(Defense One)  Two years ago, a pair of Navy information leaders decided to attack their own networks—and not just once or twice a year during scheduled exercises, but far more frequently, and unannounced. Now they’re trying to get the rest of the Navy—and the Pentagon—to follow suit.

Advanced Engine Industrial Base at Risk of ‘Collapse,’ Air Force Says
(Military Times)  As the U.S. Department of Defense approaches a decision on whether to upgrade or replace the F-35′s engine, Air Force officials are concerned that opting against a full replacement could lead to the “collapse” of the advanced propulsion industrial base in the U.S.

Pushing Back Against China’s New Normal in the Taiwan Strait
(War on the Rocks)  It would be a mistake to dismiss Beijing’s reaction to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as just another temper tantrum. It could normalize aggressive Chinese military operations closer to Taiwan, create greater expectations within China for a stronger response in the future, provide experience for the People’s Liberation Army, and make understanding China’s intentions more difficult.

The U.S. Supply Chain is Now Facing Two Trade Hurdles
(CNBC)  Two of the major trade lanes for U.S. shippers are under strain this peak season. The heatwave in China has shut down key manufacturing and the growing backlog of European imports is expected to spill over into the first quarter of 2023.

First Look: Freight Rail Shipping Fair Market Act
(Railway Age)   Legislation to reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and “create a fair marketplace” for railroads and shippers was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. While the Association of American Railroads (AAR) called it an “untenable bill that could further exacerbate current supply chain and service challenges,” the American Chemistry Council (ACC) welcomed the “sensible legislative package.”


WELCOME New NDTA Corporate Member
Please join NDTA in welcoming our newest Sustaining member Procharter!

Trucking Wages Jump in 2021 as Shortage, Supply Chain Issues Increase Demand
(American Trucking Associations)  Wages for American truckers rose significantly in 2021 as demand for drivers amid the ongoing driver shortage increased competition for talent, according to the results of ATA’s latest Driver Compensation Study.

Quantum Can Open New Doors for Federal AI
(Accenture)  Many in federal government may be most familiar with quantum computing’s cybersecurity implications, but quantum computing will create an array of other opportunities.

Sustainable Logistics Can Be Achieved. Here’s Proof From Our Customers.
(Maersk)  Despite the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, global geopolitical instability, and the consequent industry disruptions, Maersk’s customers have expressed tremendous interest in available sustainable solutions that can facilitate the decarbonization of their supply chains and have partnered with the shipping company to realize their goals.

Trailer Bridge Launches MasterMind™ TMS with Mastery Logistics Systems, Inc.
(Trailer Bridge)  Trailer Bridge, Inc. today announced the launch of the MasterMind™ technology across its logistics branches increasing visibility into customers freight movement and efficiency in its operations.


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