The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 26, 2020

Don’t Miss Out on the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting (Virtual)
Early Bird registration rates end August 31

2020 marks the 8th year of the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting. This year’s Fall Meeting (Virtual) provides the forum to foster our critical public and private partnership in defense transportation through frank discussion about new challenges, technologies, and best practices. The conference theme is Innovative and Disruptive … 20/20 Vision for the Future, and is a “must-see” event. Don’t miss this important opportunity to engage with other professionals in government, the military, and the private sector who support our nation’s warfighters in transportation and logistics.

Trust us, you’ll be in good company—this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.

We look forward to seeing you online soon!

Register by August 31, 2020, to take advantage of Regular Registration prices.  Late Registration starts on September 1, 2020.


Partner News

Variety of Interactive Classes to be Offered at National Defense Transportation Association-US Transportation Command Virtual Fall Meeting 2020

By Michael P. Kleiman, UTRANSCOM Public Affairs

During the eighth annual and first-ever virtual National Defense Transportation Association-US Transportation Command (NDTA-USTRANSCOM) Fall Meeting, October 5-8, 2020, attendees can participate in 80 Transportation Academy interactive courses, covering a wide range of logistics and other relevant topics.

Instructional focus areas include Acquisition and Finance; Combatant Commands and Security Cooperation; Department of Defense/Commercial Logistics; Information Technology, Cyber, and Analytics; Interactive Workshops/Training; Leadership and Human Resources; Legislation and Policy; Surface Deployment and Distribution Command workshops; and two new subjects, Blockchain Technology, and Resilience, Innovation, & Disruptors. […READ MORE…]


Bringing the US Army’s Combat Power to Europe: It takes a Global ‘Team of Teams’ to Accomplish a Transportation Mission on This Scale

By 598th Transportation Brigade, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Public Affairs

Since 2014, the US Army has deployed brigade-sized, combat-capable units from the United States to Europe in support of an ongoing operation called Atlantic Resolve. The primary purpose of Atlantic Resolve is to enhance deterrence and to conduct activities that increase the United States’ ability to respond to potential crises across the European theater.

Participating Army units, which come from locations throughout the US, deploy for nine months, during which time they train closely with European allies and partners. At the conclusion of their deployment, the units return to the US. At any given time, approximately 6,000 US Soldiers are participating in Atlantic Resolve, making it one of the most visible demonstrations of the United States’ strong commitment to NATO [the North Atlantic Treaty Organization] and Europe.  […READ MORE…]


Global Commerce, Competition & Prospects for Conflict

Tony Padilla, Director, Office of Cargo & Commercial Sealift at the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD), presented during the Update on the Maritime Industry class at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting on October 7, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

What I’d like to talk about is what happens before the war starts, and indeed recapitalizing our fleet is of paramount importance,” said Padilla, adding that this must be done quickly. “We need to invest in new ways to strengthen our sealift capability and agility.”

Any consideration of warfare must take into account the drivers and the precursors of conflict. Padilla provided two key takeaways for the audience. First, the center of gravity of the global economy is rapidly shifting in unprecedented ways that require not only military preparedness but dovetailed with economic, political, and commercial preparedness. The second takeaway was that US-China competition is, above all, an economic game. To play and win in this game, US commerce, and national security must be brought into alignment.  […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

The Defense Industry Remains in Dire Straits. Congress Must Pass Another Relief Package
(Defense News) Pentagon officials have provided details on its stimulus funding request. It’s clear the defense, shipbuilding and aerospace industrial base—an “essential” workforce as designated by the Department of Homeland Security—is indeed in need of help.

An AI Just Beat a Human F-16 Pilot in a Dogfight—Again
(Defense One) In five rounds, an artificially-intelligent agent showed that it could outshoot other AI’s, and a human. So, what happens next with AI in air combat?

Uber, Lyft Win Delay on Converting Drivers to Employees
(Transport Topics) Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. were spared from having to rapidly convert their California drivers to employees after a state appeals court agreed Aug. 20 they can keep their business models in place while challenging a judge’s order to comply with a state labor law.


Choice Hotels’ Midscale and Upper Midscale Brands Outpace Industry in First Half of 2020
(Choice Hotels international, Inc.) All of Choice Hotels’ select service midscale and upper midscale brands saw material year-over-year revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rate (ADR) index gains versus local competitors through the second quarter of 2020, a trend they expect to continue.

Suddath Renews Industry-Coveted FIDI-FAIMPLUS Certification
(Suddath Van Lines, Inc.) Suddath® has announced that it has been renewed for the FIDI Accredited International Mover PLUS Quality Assurance Certification (FAIMPLUS), the world’s only recognized quality certification for professional international moving and relocation companies.

AAR’s Component Repair Facility in Amsterdam Ranked No 1 Outstanding Source of Repair by NATO Support and Procurement Agency
(AAR CORP.) AAR has been named “Outstanding Source of Repair” and ranked No. 1 among all Component Source of Repair (SOR) facilities for 2019 by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) and the International Aerospace Management Company (IAMCO).

Amtrak Announces Positive Train Control Completion
(Amtrak) Amtrak has reached a major milestone in Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation on all Amtrak-owned or controlled tracks. The final piece of the project recently concluded with installation on approximately one mile of slow-speed track in the complex Chicago terminal.

DHL Supply Chain Invests to Help Customers Through “The Most Unpredictable Peak Season Ever” in North America
(DHL) DHL Supply Chain is preparing for an anticipated surge in demand in the fourth quarter of 2020 by hiring additional workers and leveraging its investments in technology and infrastructure to support customers.


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