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August 18, 2023

Early Bird Rates End Tuesday – Act Now!

Time is running out to take advantage of discounted registration rates for the 2023 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting. Early Bird registration expires on Thursday, August 24.  As the premier event for professionals in defense transportation, logistics, supply chain management and distribution, the 2023 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting is not to be missed. Take a look at the Fall Meeting agenda and register now to claim valuable Early Bird savings. […READ MORE…] 

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Supporting Maui Disaster Relief Efforts

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

The Defense Department is continuing its disaster relief efforts related to the devastating wildfire on Maui, Hawaii. The Hawaii National Guard has activated about 258 soldiers and airmen for duty that includes liaison support to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, command and control elements, and local law enforcement. […READ MORE…]

LAST CALL – Don’t Miss the NDTA Virtual Chapter Meeting Next Week! 

The US NDTA Virtual Chapter (USNDTAVC) will host its summer meeting August 24 from 2-4 PM (Eastern). Guest speakers Trevor Edwards, Marcus Witowski and Jennifer Miller from the US General Services Administration will discuss Long-term Lodging, Emergency Lodging, how to reference the GSA Schedule from a buyers’ perspective, the DOD Preferred Program, Fedrooms, and Per Diem noteworthy information. To register, click here.

MARAD Designates Two New Marine Highway Routes

While in Alaska, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announces the designation of two new Marine Highway Routes, as part of the United States Marine Highway Program (MHP). The newly designated M-11 and the M-79 routes will help speed up the movement of goods, strengthen supply chains, and support local economies in Alaska, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. These designations allow any eligible applicant on these routes to apply for future U.S. Marine Highway Program grants. […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

What’s Behind the Summer of Supply Chain Labor Unrest?

(Supply Chain Dive)  An extended stretch of labor unrest has sowed uncertainty throughout transportation modes, adding further incentive for shippers to firm up their supply chain contingency plans.

Air Force Deal Sets a Precedent Others Should Follow

(Defense One)  Taxpayers and troops alike should celebrate the Air Force’s new deal with Lockheed Martin and Boeing. By acquiring the technical data rights for two new helicopter programs, the service will be able to better maintain equipment at a much more reasonable cost. Its sister services should follow the Air Force’s lead.

DARPA to Explore Technology Needed for Moon-Based Economy

(Defense News)  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is kicking off a seven-month study of the infrastructure and baseline technology needed to develop a moon-based economy within the next decade. The Efforts are focused on “fusing” various infrastructure sectors—transit and mobility, energy, and communications, among others—that have technological overlap into hubs that could be built up in the future, as economic activity on and around the moon increases.

FMCSA Will Consider Rollbacks to Truck Driver Rest-Break Rules

(Freight Waves)  Regulators will consider rolling back federal preemption decisions on truck driver work rules by issuing waivers to those who can show that stricter state rules in California and Washington are more safe.

Op-Ed: How Maritime Can Help the Defense Sector Be Sustainable

(MarineLog)  According to a study by the International Maritime Organization, global shipping fleet accounts for 2.5% of all global CO2 emissions, whilst defense accounts for 80% of the U.S. government’s emissions overall. With this in mind, the defense industry must work to reduce negative environmental impacts while also aiming to future-proof against climatic disasters. 

Pasha Hawaii Celebrates the Inaugural Arrival of ‘MV Janet Marie’ at the Port of Oakland with a Christening Ceremony

(The Pasha Group)  Pasha Hawaii and the Port of Oakland celebrated the arrival of MV Janet Marie to the Port of Oakland with a christening ceremony, marking the company’s second Liquified Natural Gas (“LNG”)-powered container ship to call the Bay Area. The Oakland Seaport is considered the gateway for containerized ocean cargo shipments in Northern California.

ICYMI: Alan Shaw to Saporta Report, ‘We’re not done. We’re going to continue to get better.’

(Norfolk Southern)  On August 14, the SaportaReport featured a conversation with Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw. In the article, “Norfolk Southern’s Alan Shaw: ‘We’re not done. We’re going to continue to get better’,” Shaw discussed the company’s safety enhancements, headquarters relocation to Atlanta, strategic vision, and even how important his family is in his role as President and CEO.

Radiant Logistics Announces Growth Initiative Opening New Brokerage Operation In Overland Park, Kansas

(Radiant Global Logistics)  Radiant Road and Rail has opened a new operating location in Overland Park, Kansas, that will augment the Company’s robust bi-modal brokerage operation providing truckload and less-than truck load trucking; temperature controlled and dry intermodal; asset and brokered drayage; transloading; and other value-added services.

Washington Port Event Highlights Threat to U.S. AID Food for Peace Program

(Transportation Institute)  At the Washington Port of Longview, 28,000 metric tons of American-grown wheat was shipped on the LIBERTY GLORY as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Food for Peace program. The shipment comes as Food for Peace is under intense pressure from lawmakers working to eliminate shipments of food produced by American farmers aimed at alleviating the worst hunger emergencies around the world.



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