The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 31, 2021


Important Update for Industry Partners Regarding Contractor Employees in Workplaces Shared with Some Federal Agencies – 8/25/2021

Industry Partners should be aware of some immediate actions being taken by Federal Agencies that will impact your contractor employee in workplaces shared with the Federal Protective Services control entry for the facility owners and at GSA leased facilities where your employees may share space in the building or with other federal agencies implementing the latest administration force health protection policies.

At least one Federal agency (DHS Federal Protective Service (FPS)) has just issued guidance implementing the additional workplace safety measures.  This guidance will impact some DoD personnel, including contractor personnel, and became effective Aug 25.  This will impact on-site DoD contractors that are in shared facilities where FPS and the facilities owners adopt these procedures and at GSA leased facilities. Guidance and links below will help get the word out to your workforce on this near-term development. […READ MORE…]


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting Keynote – Simon Sinek, “Embracing an Infinite Mindset”

The 2021 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting will feature several dynamic keynote speakers. One of these will be best-selling author Simon Sinek.

Simon is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together.

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon has devoted his professional life to help advance a vision of the world that does not yet exist; a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe wherever they are and end the day fulfilled by the work that they do. […READ MORE…]


USTRANSCOM Commander Provides Insights into Afghanistan Evacuations

Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command and Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby held a press briefing on August 23, 2021, to provide an update on evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. […READ MORE…]


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White House, U.S. Department of Transportation Appoint Port Envoy to Address Supply Chain Disruptions

The White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation have announced that John D. Porcari will be the Port Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force.  

Envoy Porcari will work closely with Secretary Buttigieg and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as well as the National Economic Council to address congestion at U.S. ports. […READ MORE…]


DLA Distribution Designs Remediation Process to Improve Warfighter Support

By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs Officer

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution initiated a continuous process improvement project in June 2020, with a goal of accounting for and reporting improperly marked freight received at DLA Distribution centers on the east and west coasts of the United States. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Opinion: Ascendancy: The Space Warfighter Mindset
(Schriever Sentinel)  Ascendancy is the occupation of a position of preeminence, power, or influence. To dominate in space, ascendancy must be our mindset. Space as a warfighting domain is a reality—being a warfighter in the space domain is a realization. Ascendancy starts with awareness but must become actualized.

CMMC Board Chief Talks Assessors, IT Staff
(Defense Systems)  What’s standing between defense contractors and the upcoming cyber assessments? A bit of IT. Matt Travis, the CEO for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body, said training and IT access to the Defense Department’s Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) application, which will house CMMC data, still needs to be finalized for the third-party organizations that will be charged with conducting cyber assessments.

‘Food Fight’: Lawmakers Jockey for $6B in Funding After Afghan Military’s Collapse
(Politico)  Roughly $6 billion that was either approved or will be approved for Afghan military training is now up for grabs after Kabul’s collapse last week, and the jockeying among lawmakers to find a new home for that money has begun. The numbers include almost $3 billion unspent from fiscal years 2020 and 2021, and $3.3 billion requested by the Pentagon to train and equip the Afghan army, air force and national police in 2022.

Can Younger Truck Drivers Be Safer?
(Material Handling & Logistics)  As the truck driver shortage gets more dire by the day, researchers believe they have found a way to choose with a greater degree of confidence those potential recruits who are the safest drivers among the 18 to 21-year-olds who are currently prohibited from interstate truck driving.

A Better Approach to Organizing Combatant Commands
(War on the Rocks)  Future conflicts, especially against near-peer countries, are increasingly likely to be global in today’s interconnected world, not confined within the borders of existing U.S. combatant commands. To succeed in the global competition of today and in the potential conflicts of tomorrow, the United States should find a better way to organize its defense, one that is not beholden to implicit but unnecessary assumptions about what a combatant command should be.


AAR Launches Inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report
(AAR CORP.)  AAR has published its inaugural Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report. “While we have a long history of ESG-related activities, this report marks the first time we have consolidated and communicated our actions comprehensively,” said John Holmes, AAR President & CEO.

ARC Delivers the 1st Infantry Division to Gdansk, Poland for Operation Atlantic Resolve
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group [ARC])  American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC) transported the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division on the M/V Endurance from Beaumont, Texas to Gdansk, Poland for their participation in Operation Atlantic Resolve with NATO allies. The shipment consisted of more than six hundred vehicles.

FedEx Working with Relief Agencies to Deliver Critical Aid to Haiti
(FedEx)  As doctors and nurses on the frontlines work to treat those affected by the deadly earthquake in Haiti, FedEx Corp. is working with multiple humanitarian agencies to deliver aid where it’s needed most. This week, the company will operate two dedicated charter flights into the disaster zone to provide help and hope.

Chapman Freeborn Australia Charters AN124 to Deliver Helicopters to Greece to Aid in Fighting Wildfires
(Chapman Freeborn)  Chapman Freeborn Australia has chartered an Antonov AN124 aircraft to transport four Bell 214B helicopters from Australia to Athens to aid in fighting wildfires in Greece. Due to the rapidly spreading fires, the operation was time-sensitive and required exceptional cooperation between all associated parties. It is rare for AN124 aircraft to be mobilized on such a compact timescale; there are usually approximately 10 days to prepare the aircraft and cargo for the flight, but in this instance, there were just 72 hours.


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