The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 3, 2021


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting – Last Call for Early Bird Pricing

Now is the time to get registered to take full advantage of Early bird pricing ends this Thursday, August 5th Register today to take advantage of discounted rates! […READ MORE…]


Learning from COVID-19 as a Contested Environment

By Ted Rybeck, Chair, Benchmarking Partners, & Chair, NDTA Cybersecurity Best Practices Committee

What does it take to be a champion of cybersecurity for the Defense Industrial Base that can be relied on when allies face a contested environment? COVID-19 created a test case with important answers to that question because the pandemic itself has acted as a global adversary. […READ MORE…]


Preparing for a Successful Unit Deployment – Lessons Learned from a Commercial Carrier Perspective

The Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC) took place May 18-20, 2021. The meeting was co-hosted by NDTA and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CNU CAS) and held in cooperation with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC). […READ MORE…]


AMC Shows Appreciation to Two Commanders with Hall of Fame Induction

Article and image by Kari Hawkins, US Army Materiel Command

Two of the Army’s most significant modern-day leaders were recognized July 30 by the Army Materiel Command as both prepare to retire from accomplished careers in the areas of logistics and sustainment. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Here’s What’s in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill
(CNN Politics)  A bipartisan group of senators unveiled the legislative text of the infrastructure bill on Sunday night after months of negotiations. In total, the deal includes $550 billion in new federal investments in America’s infrastructure over five years.

From Ports to Rail Yards, Global Supply Lines Struggle Amid Virus Outbreaks in the Developing World
(The Washington Post)  Fresh coronavirus outbreaks are forcing factory shutdowns in countries such as Vietnam and Bangladesh, aggravating supply chain disruptions that could leave some U.S. retailers with empty shelves as consumers begin their back-to-school shopping. The overseas work stoppages are just the latest twist in almost 18 months of pandemic-related manufacturing and transportation woes.

Sea Power Panel Backs Block Buy of Amphibious Ships
(Defense News)  A House panel has advanced a proposal to authorize the Navy to make a block buy of amphibious ships for one more year, meant to save taxpayer dollars, proponents say. The House Armed Services Committee’s seapower subpanel voted to adopt the plans, part of an amendment from Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA). As expected, lawmakers also advanced the broader sea power mark for the sweeping fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act.

The US Army’s New Iron Triangle: The Coming Budget Crunch and Its Implications for Modernization
(Defense News)  The Army believes it must prepare for three challenges, each with distinct implications for the future force. As a result, budget cuts will likely present the Army with something of an iron triangle among these challenges — at best only able to afford a future force prepared for two, but not all three.

Airlines are Facing Fuel Shortages at Some US Airports
(USA Today)  The fuel needle is moving closer to “empty” at some U.S. airports. American Airlines warns it’s running into fuel shortages at some smaller and mid-sized airports, and in some cases, the airline will add refueling stops or fly fuel into locations where the supply is tight.


Hyatt Launches ‘World of Care’ with New Commitments to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Responsible Business Practices
(Hyatt)  Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently unveiled World of Care – a global Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) platform – designed to address the pressing challenges faced by Hyatt’s colleagues, guests, owners, and communities and enact meaningful change within the hospitality industry.

Google Cloud and SAP Partner to Accelerate Business Transformations in the Cloud
(SAP)  Google Cloud and SAP SE have announced an expanded strategic partnership to help customers execute business transformations, migrate critical business systems to the cloud and augment existing business systems with Google Cloud capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

New Local Moving Brand Makes Texas Debut in Dallas-Fort Worth
(Suddath)  To meet the growing demand for local residential moving services, global moving, and logistics company Suddath® announced that it is bringing MoveDay℠ to the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex. It is the first market in Texas and one of several high-growth regions which will have access to MoveDay services.

Enterprise Fleet Management Becomes Largest Fleet Management Provider in the United States
(Enterprise Holdings)  Enterprise Fleet Management has been ranked as the largest fleet management provider in the United States, according to Automotive Fleet’s 2021 Fact Book. Enterprise Fleet Management’s business experienced 4% fleet growth in 2020 and continues to expand its portfolio across the nation—boasting a recent milestone of 500,000 vehicles on lease.

MARAD Awards Vessel Acquisition Management Contract to Crowley
(Crowley)  Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Solutions business unit has been awarded a multi-year, $638 million contract for Vessel Acquisition Management by the U.S. Maritime Administration. Crowley’s strategic acquisition and vessel management service will assist MARAD in the enhancement of the Ready Reserve Force, helping reduce the overall age of the fleet and increase ship reliability.


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