The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 24, 2021


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting – Highlights of the 2021 Transportation Academy Sessions

The 2021 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting will be held October 18 – 21 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor, MD.  The always popular Transportation Academy will conduct over 60 interactive seminars/classes covering a variety of interest areas, including seminars taught by USTRANSCOM and Component Command senior leaders.  […READ MORE…]


How Have Industry and Government Responded, Adapted and Innovated?

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

The significant changes and challenges to government travel and the travel sector over the last year was at the center of discussion during NDTA’s 2021 GovTravels Symposium. The symposium, which was co-sponsored for the fifth year by the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), is an annual gathering of US Government and industry travel experts. GovTravels focuses on government-wide travel programs and travel policy, providing professional development and networking opportunities for all participants. Held virtually February 23-25, the theme of this year’s event was “Respond, Adapt, Innovate—the Changing World of Government Travel.[…READ MORE…]


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The Leader’s Choice: Bridging the Leadership Gap

Veterans are an endangered demographic and their contributions will be missed. Vets comprise about eight percent of our population today, and that number is expected to decrease to less than five percent over the next two decades. As the veteran presence decreased over the past 50 years, incidences of ethical and illegal transgressions have risen and our elected officials have the lowest approval ratings in recorded history. This is not a coincidence. […READ MORE…]


U.S. Department of Transportation Announces a New Marine Highway Route and Six Marine Highway Designations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the designation of six new Marine Highway Projects and a new Marine Highway Route as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The AMHP encourages the use of America’s navigable waterways for the movement of freight and people as an alternative to land-based transportation.  […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Defense Secretary Orders US Airlines to Help with Evacuation
(Defense One)  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered the Civil Reserve Air Fleet to activate, requesting 18 aircraft from the U.S. airlines to help in the evacuation of Afghans and Americans. This is the third time in history that the military has mobilized the U.S. airlines to help with a military evacuation.

TRANSCOM Boss Vows to Ramp Up What Is Already One of the Largest Airlift Operations in History
(Air Force Times)  The head of U.S. Transportation Command, the military organization spearheading the massive humanitarian evacuation effort in Afghanistan, said Monday he expects to ramp up flights out of the country even further as the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw all American troops and Afghan allies approaches.

New Navy Approach to Supply Chain Elevates Data-Driven Decisions to C-Suite
(Federal News Network)  Last October, when the Navy began its latest effort to examine its vast supply and logistics enterprise, officials realized they had what was, in essence, a too-many-cooks-in-the-galley problem. In the span of less than a year, a new initiative called Naval Sustainment System-Supply (NSS-S) has made a measurable dent in those problems.

Fuel-Efficient Tech Available for Trucks Via Proposed Legislation
(Transport Topics)  Legislation that would establish a program at the U.S. Department of Energy to assist the trucking industry with the adoption of fuel-efficient technologies recently was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Space Force Met Its 18-Month Deadline to Get Up and Running. Here’s What’s Next.
(Air Force Times)  When Congress created the U.S. Space Force in December 2019, the Pentagon hadn’t launched a new military service since 1947. Lawmakers wanted the idea to become reality in just 18 months—a deadline met earlier this summer. Now, it turns from tackling the first organizational steps to the meat of becoming an effective warfighting branch.


What’s Going On With Shipping Rates?
(McKinsey & Company)  It now costs up to six times more to ship a container from China to Europe than it did at the start of 2019. Yet global demand for shipping has increased only by around 5 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic. So what’s causing the spike? McKinsey provides insights into why container shipping costs are surging and give their take on what lies ahead for the industry.

The Trust Enabler: Building Cyber-Security Strategies for a Trusted, Digital Future
(Deloitte)  In the age of digital transformation, trust is an elusive asset, but one that’s never out of reach for organizations that have initiated the right actions, such as adopting a sustainable, forward-looking cyber-security strategy.

DHL Brings Road Freight Platform Saloodo! To South America
(DHL)  Digital road freight platform Saloodo!, a product of DHL Global Forwarding and Freight, the leading international provider of air, sea, and road freight services, has launched its digital logistics platform for shippers and transport providers in Argentina. This makes it the first digital logistics platform for road freight to be offered in the country. Due to its continued success, the service is increasingly being extended to other regions.

Maersk Signs First Green Methanol Deal in Step Towards Dropping Fossil Fuels
(Reuters)  A.P. Moller-Maersk has signed a contract securing green methanol as the world’s largest shipping firm gears up to operate its first carbon-neutral ship in 2023.

Union Pacific and Progress Rail Partner to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(Union Pacific)  Union Pacific locomotives will be getting a boost of biodiesel fuel. Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, approved the use of up to 20% biodiesel blend in specific EMD locomotive series operated by the railroad. Previously, the locomotives were approved to operate at 5%.


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